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The Mercantile in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village is your go-to shop for everyday luxuries, with a thoughtfully curated selection of gourmet food items, kitchen accessories, gifts and gift baskets to help you live, give, and entertain in style.

How do we know it's autumn?

P-fudge is back!

Well, you certainly wouldn't know it by a drop in temperatures - with expected humidex highs this weekend of around 40 degrees Celsius! And you wouldn't know it by the fall colours. It seems even some communities north of the city are experiencing a slight delay in the annual change. It seems maybe we can only know that fall has arrived by the dull reality of the calendar. But wait - there's one more clue!....

Pumpkin Fudge from Nudge Fudge of Stratford Ontario is back!

Now it could be the fact that we wrote that message on our doorway chalkboards but we're convinced that some customers have an innate "spidey-sense" for the stuff and come in by a weird kind of remote control, which they started to do last weekend. Those folks are sure to put a big dent in our supply between now and the end of P-Fudge season but if you haven't tried it and would like to know what the fuss is about - and possibly surrender yourself to a lifetime compulsion around this time of year - come into the store this weekend when we'll be sampling until the samples are gone!

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Pre-Polish Petting Zoo

Debbie and her Haute Goats

We knew that Roncesvalles would be transformed today for the annual Polish Festival. It's a great event for so many people in so many ways but, in truth, it doesn't really bring more people into The Mercantile. And you can't really blame them - with so much to see and do without ever crossing a shop threshold (and our chocolate selection doesn't do that well in the hot sun!). So we decided to get a bit of a jump on things and hold our own very tiny little street fair last evening. In fact, you could call it a "dwarf festival" as Debbie from Haute Goat set up a little pen with two of her prized Nigerian Dwarf Goats - Baby Ruth and Little Bear - and a sample table bearing some of her goat milk-based cremes and lotions and, of course, that delicious goat butter caramel corn!

It was great to see so many people do the double-take and then stick around to take pictures, pet the goats or even just watch the simple magic of the country-come-to-the-city. We're glad to know that we made our own contribution to the Polish Festival - even if it came a day early.

Come by today to sample Toronto's premier makers of fine Mexican hot sauces, No. 7 Hot Sauce!

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A Haute Goat Note

Haute Goats

Did you know that goats are the most commonly raised livestock in the world? Of course, more and more of us here in cow-country are familiar with goat cheese, goat milk, goat butter and other goat-y delights but today we wanted to introduce you to Debbie and Shain of Haute Goat Farms, near Port Hope - just east of Toronto.

In fact, if you want to introduce yourself to Debbie and Shain and - more importantly - their completely adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats you can do so in person and experience all the wonders of the farm. You'll find more info here to make an appointment. But for now we'll just let you know about some of their products we're featuring at the Mercantile (reminder, no live animals allowed in store :->) ):

We've featured the luxurious Goat Milk Caramel Popcorn before - in both regular and cayenne spice versions - and we've got them back in stock. But we're also carrying a small selection of hand-crafted soaps, creams and other cosmetic products we think you're going to love. And with goats that cute, what's not to love?

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