We kept hearing the whistles and noises from the Waterloo Central Railway train. On market days, you can take a train trip from the City of Waterloo to St. Jacobs. The price for a round trip ticket was $12 adult and $8 for kids. The train stops at the market as well (3 km from St. Jacobs).more
After getting our fill of shopping at the farmers' market, we drove the two or three kilometres to the actual town of St. Jacobs. We found the tourist information booth (which had downstairs -- a little museum and film about the locals). There are the normal business of small town Ontario - post office, Home Hardware, restaurants, an artist's...more
St. Jacob's has restored some old stucco silos and turned them into a farily interesting showcase for local artists. My favourite was the one who made art from hay and wheat.Even if you're not going to buy anything (which we didn't) make sure the check out the white silos and the end of the main street. It's interesting to see the inside of the...more
The St. Jacobs Farmers Market is located just south of St. Javobs and on the northern outskirts of Waterloo, Ontario. The Market takes place every Saturday and usually attracts a big crowd . Most of the Market is outdoors but there are a few buildings. The one in the picture is the food court . As a rule , and without very little exception, this...more
I've grown up hearing about the Mennonites of the Waterloo region, and knew a little bit about them. Basically I knew that they were similar to the Amish of Pennsylvania, but not really much more than that. I did know that they were not Dutch but Deutch - mainly Swiss German speaking. However, until I was wandering along the main street of St...more
We enjoyed this restaurant. There is not much difference between the cooking of my parents and the buffet at this restaurant.You can see from the plates on the second and third photos, what is served at the buffet, but it includes sausage and sauerkraut, pork, mashed potatoes and veggies.I guess these days the $13 price for the buffet is about...more
Stone Crock Restaurant has been popular in St. Jacob's for years. Substantial home cooked meals, like "grandmother used to make". Bus loads of people come on their tours of the Mennonite area. You have your choice of the buffet meal or ordering from the menu. Wonderful hearty soups, stews, roasts, sandwiches, and the desserts *mmmmmmmm* It is isn't...more
We visited St. Jacobs from London. It was about an hour and a half via the 401. Two things about the commute. One, we found it quite confusing find our way to St. Jacobs. Off the 401, you are supposed to follow Highway 8 to reach St. Jacobs, but there are Highway 8's everywhere - for instance, you get off of 401 on Highway 8, but you are also...more
This is not what I was expecting for a cart. It rather looks as if the seats came from a car or van or even theatre seating. These were not the Plain Mennonites that are normally seen with their black plain clothing - these folks were quite brightly dressed, especially the bonnets.more
A massive farmers' market. Besides the normal fruits and vegetables they had meat, baked goods, cheese, maple syrup, arts and crafts, dry goods, you name it.I especially liked the fact that we found European rye bread (very similar to the bread I remember in Switzerland). In fact I talked to the baker and we discussed the various breads Europeans...more
Now, I'll be honest, I didn't go in, just saw it and liked the fact that it was indeed a train caboose selling ice cream cones, and other cold treats. It seemed to be doing brisk business, but then it was a hot day.Oh, and yes, that is a horse's head to the left of the picture. There was a Mennonite wagon parked by the entrance. uh... that would...more
Don't just stay on the main street, King Street, take a peek down the side streets for you may just find what you are looking for. Art, gifts, antiques - many different items. There are a couple of quilting shops if you are into making your own quilt, or buying one that is already made. $ to $$$$more
A family arriving at the market.
Since I was standing further away so the people would not be offended by me taking photographs.
Am not sure about it but in a way I found this a tourist trap.
Cannot explain why really and in no way I say so to keep you from going here but I felt this way.
Fun Alternatives: Perhaps it is better to just go of the main roads and drive some dust roads. Perhaps you will see more realistic Mennonite life.
We drove some dust roads to get an idea of what it is like in Mennonite country.
Some roads were unpaved and some farms were not connected to the electricity pole.
It amazed me to see people really lived like this.