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It turns out that cities are great places for bees to thrive: there are strict anti-pesticide laws, untapped floral diversity and largely unused rooftop spaces. Alvéole has come to Toronto to expand their work and they and their urban honeybee partners have delivered the sweet results of their time in the city in the form of this extraordinary collection of honeys produced in four distinct neighbourhoods in Toronto:  The Junction, Rosedale, Cabbagetown and Leslieville. Bees collect the nectar to support their colonies generally within about a 5km radius so each of these honeys has a distinct flavour and colour that reflects the botanical character of its part of the city.
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Slow Food

Slow Food

Terrapin Ridge Farms Jams

A couple of weeks ago, a woman from North Carolina came into the shop. She was staying with friends in the neighbourhood and was telling them about bacon jam as something commonly found in her neck of the woods and her friends figured if anyone would have it we would. And we have had it before but not for a while now. Thankfully, that changed this week with the arrival of this product line from Terrapin Ridge Farms (terrapins are turtles, hence the title of this post!).

Each one is a beautifully executed combination of flavours that pairs brilliantly with charcuterie, cheeses, even roasts. Next time you make a grilled cheese sandwich, spread a layer of the Hot Pepper Bacon Jam in there for an extraordinary taste treat!

You'll find the Terrapin Ridge line on the shelf above the other jams and jellies to your right as you enter the store.

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Slow Food

Slow Food


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Thanksgiving Bounty

Thanksgiving Bounty

Once you've sourced your turkey (or turducken or tofurkey or whatever substitute you might have in mind - pumpkin risotto is one great option!) come on in to the Mercantile for everything else: from rubs and sauces and fillings and flavours to napkins and tea towels and table charms - including the delightful little roasting turkey salt and pepper shaker set you see front and centre in the picture. Plus, we're maintaining our seasonal supply of pumpkin fudge. It won't last forever and some customers are already on their second and third rounds!
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Scrub Tub

Scrub Tub

EuroScrubby Cleanser is an eco-friendly hard cleaning paste that comes with a special design applicator that stores easily in the lid. This non-toxic, biodegradable formula, made with no harmful chemicals, is the first abrasive cleanser to meet the standards for the EU's "EcoLabel" designation.

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Orange Friday is the New Black Friday

Orange Friday is the New Black Friday

Here comes the fudge!

We've never had a Black Friday-style "door crasher special" and our customers are way too nice to ever throw an elbow in pursuit of an item on our shelves. But the closest it ever gets is with this seasonal limited-time-only treat: pumpkin fudge from Nudge Fudge in Stratford, Ontario.

This means that there are certain people we don't see all that often that we're going to start seeing more of. It also means that in a few weeks we are going to disappoint some people who thought maybe they'd resist temptation for a while only to find they waited just a little too long and the stock is all gone for another year.

So you could make this your "Orange Friday" and beat the rush but we'll probably be well supplied heading towards Thanksgiving and Halloween. Probably. Just sayin'.

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A Polish-Mediterranean Weekend

A Polish-Mediterranean Weekend

As part of the festivities at this weekend's 11th Annual Polish Festival on Roncesvalles, Fresco Specialty Foods will be out front of The Mercantile Saturday and Sunday until 4:00pm sampling several traditional olive oils as well as a few more products that are part of Fresco's "California Collection" - including olive oils infused with basil and Boyajian lemon and Balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, infused with lemon and Mission figs.

 

Try them out front with Jonathan and then step through our door to pick up a bottle or two to take home.

Enjoy the festival!

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Big News About Petit Pots

Big News About Petit Pots

When we first encountered this product last summer, we fell in love with two things about Riviera Petit Pot yogurts: the good stuff inside and the jar it comes in. Riviera comes and goes from some of the big retailers but we're totally thrilled to now be stocking this terrific yogurt and something extra....
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North Ontario Meets North Africa

North Ontario Meets North Africa

Settling in Toronto, Walid Hachani just wasn't finding a harissa to measure up to his mother's so he decided to make it himself and so El Tounsi Foods was born. Walid promises there's more to come from El Tounsi in his quest to introduce the Canadian palate to the full range of North African cuisine but it all starts with harissa.
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Refined Refreshment

Refined Refreshment

Tea connoisseurs city-wide will be glad to know our depleted shelves of Kusmi teas from Paris has been restocked. Packed among the returning favourites we found something new that's tickled our summer fancy. 

AquaRosa is a blend of apple, red berries, blackberries and hibiscus that makes for an invigorating hot tea but an exceptionally refreshing iced-tea as well, especially here in these dog days of summer. Plus, it's caffeine free.

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Brown-Bagging it? Not!

Brown-Bagging it? Not!

New to the store: - insulated lunch bags from Packit. We won't be carrying the full line but we'll have a great selection of both adult and kid-sized lunch bags. PackIt is the only bag that keeps food and drinks cool for up to 10 hours—no ice packs needed. Its secret sauce? A patented freezable gel that's built into the walls of the bag.
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Smokin'

Smokin'

Immerse the individual cedar wraps in whatever liquid you like - apple cider, beef stock, wine, bourbon - then tie them around your main course - fish, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, corn, stuffed eggplant! - and let the alchemy of fire, smoke and aromatic steam go to work. The results are super moist and flavourful. Plus, when it comes to plating, you're not just serving up another charred piece of chicken - you're presenting a.... present. The experience of unwrapping the bundle and feeling that first waft of smoky, aromatic goodness overtake your senses is a culinary gift your dinner guests will love.
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