Join the Virtual Town Hall on London’s Green and Just Recovery Plan

virtual photoLooking for a great opportunity to hear from community leaders and ask questions about what London’s recovery could look like?

We are holding a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 22 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Members of the community and residents are invited to join us for a conversation on how the City and elected officials are working together to create a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society.

Since COVID-19, several discussions have been held about effective ways to recover from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. Learning more about responses to planning for recovery and enhancing the quality of life and well-being of residents will better serve the community.

In attendance is a panel of guest speakers and local elected officials, including MP Peter Fragiskatos, MPP Peggy Sattler and Deputy Mayor Jesse Helmer, and other community activists, responding to questions raised by members of the community.

To comply with the social distancing rules and reduce the spread of the virus, this event will hold online. Time will be designated for questions from the audience. Registration is free and open to all that are interested. The best way to stay up-to-date and contribute to building back our community is to participate.

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The Masonville and Ilderton Farmers’ Market Are Open For Bussiness

Last week the Middlesex-London community welcomed the reopenings of the Masonville and Ilderton Farmers’ market!

The Masonville Farmers Market is open every Friday from 8 am to 1 pm from July 3rd to October. This market is conveniently located at the corner of Fanshawe Park Road & Richmond street in the Masonville Mall parking lot. Before visiting, there are a couple of precautions to keep in mind. There’s only one entrance, and masks must be worn. Luckily, if you forget your mask at home, they will provide you with one. They will be marking the traffic flow direction while limiting the number of customers to ensure proper social distancing. They ask to please leave the kiddo’s and fur babies at home; however, service animals will be admitted. To ensure the safety of customers and vendors, their vendors will be bagging all items.

The Ilderton Farmers Market is another exciting opening for the community. This farmers market is located at 13230 Ilderton Rd, Ilderton, Ontario and is open every Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. As with many other markets, the community’s wellbeing is their top priority. They have put in place safety protocols to protect our community and our vendors. The market area will be roped off, and all shoppers must enter through a controlled entrance where everyone will be asked to use hand sanitizer. The number of shoppers permitted within the market area will be limited. Signage will instruct shoppers to practice physical distancing. Vendors will be well spaced apart with marks on the pavement to show shoppers where to stand while waiting for their turn. All vendors will use hand sanitizer between money exchanges and interactions. All vendors will disinfect all touched surfaces and objects.

Farmers’ markets are essential businesses, but as we’re going through the effects of COVID-19, we need to keep in mind the safety of our community. If you’re feeling sick, please stay home. Please respect the guidelines put into place by our health unit and local markets as we’re still trying to navigate through the pandemic.

5 Local Restaurants That You Need To Try This Summer!

COVID-19 has deeply affected the way we interact, educate and work. A sector that has been increasingly dealing with the repercussions of the pandemic is the food and service sector. London-Middlesex is home to a variety of small food shops. Since dine-in options are limited, these mom and pop shops are seeing fewer customers. In light of the situation, we’ve compiled a list of black and indigenous-owned businesses that host delicious products that you should try!

Asmara Cafe brings traditional coffee-making methods from Eritrea, Africa, into our backyards. Their coffee is freshly roasted, brewed on-site using high-quality Ethiopian coffee beans. Their house specialty is Ethiopian Yirga Chefe coffee! Alongside your coffee, you can also enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch items! Their current summer feature is seasonal ice cream from Shaw’s ice cream! The flavours they have include vanilla, chocolate, turtle fudge and moose tracks. For a relaxing and memorable coffee experience, be sure to visit Asmara Cafe.

Vas Cuisine provides delicious African (Nigerian) dishes with a homemade feel! They source local ingredients to ensure high-quality meals. Some fan favourites from their menu include their ofada rice (grown in south-west Nigeria) and egusi (a delicious savoury stew). Some vegan options are also available, making this an inclusive eatery. Reviewers rave about the hospitable owners and sizable portions. On top of that, they offer delivery and catering in London. Vas Cuisine offers traditional comfort food classics that are a must-try!

A hidden gem in the Middlesex-London community is Caribbean Stove Pickup! Located right by Horton and Wellington, this restaurant at the center of the city packs a punch of delicious flavour in their dishes. Some recommendations from avid customers include oxtail, jerk chicken and curry potato & channa! Their pricing is very reasonable on their website; they clearly outline ingredients, vegetarian and vegan options. Their food is spiced to perfection and will leave you wanting more!

Indigenous-owned Manitoulin Brewing provides unique craft beer made from Little Current Ontario! The creation of this brewing is a classic passion project. Owners, Blair, Nishin and Joet, are three friends wanting to give something back to their homes in the North. Thus they created a brewing company that embodies comfort and care, something they put in all of their recipes. Some staff recommendations include swing Bridge Blonde, Killarney Cream Ale and Cup and Saucer English Ale. Although they’re not from London-Middlesex, they’re currently offering free delivery to the area! Try their drinks paired with your next family barbeque!

Giizihigat Maple Products is another indigenous-owned business. They produce maple syrup of the highest quality. Both owners, Isaac and Deborah, come from families that have been making maple syrup for generations. Deborah’s mom recalls helping her uncle collect sap and hauling the syrup out of the bush on a large stone canoe pulled by a horse. Meanwhile, Isaac recalls helping his grandfather make maple syrup as a young boy. Since starting Giizihigat Maple Products in 2012, they have perfected the science of running sap, building on lessons learned each season to bring customers the finest maple syrup in all of Ontario. They hold a variety of products from maple butter to maple syrup candy. For your next Sunday breakfast, consider supporting this family-owned syrup shop!

Komoka Community Market Weekend Opening!

We’re excited to announce the opening of Komoka Community Market! Starting this weekend, the Komoka market will be open from 9 am – 2 pm. Before entering their market, please revise their COVID-19 guidelines. Their guidelines include remaining socially distanced (6 feet apart), using hand sanitizer upon arrival and following their indicated directional flow. If you’re bringing children to the market, they encourage wagons and strollers to ensure kids are not wandering off. If you intend to bring reusable bags, they ask for you to handle bagging your treats while only touching items you intend to purchase. Their wellness centre will be closed during market hours; therefore, there will be no access to public restrooms. There’s a broad array of vendors, and many will be accepting cash. For more information about their opening, please visit their instagram and facebook pages!