This weekend, It’s the “Pick Your Own” (McIntosh apples only) event on today, Saturday (Sept. 12th) and tomorrow, Sunday (Sept. 13th) from 10 am – 4 pm. This is a great outdoor activity for the whole family! The “Pick Your Own” event will be on next weekend (Sept 19-20) as well.
Never in a million years would I have thought that everyone would be wearing a mask but here we are and the best part is that a lot of masks that people are wearing truly reflect their personalities.
Yes, I was OUT and ABOUT at Marlin Orchards & Garden Centre, a place usually known for their apples but this time I noticed the large rack of assorted masks, the tie-dye ones in fact and owner, Diane Lunan (seen at the right in the photo above) came over and picked out what she said was “the perfect mask for me”, “the one that goes with my personality” she said. The masks fit perfectly and have a bead that you can adjust with around your ears , plus they have a pocket that you can put an extra filter in if you wish and the best part is the price – just $4.99 plus tax.
Diane’s choice is the the tie-dye and my second choice (a present from her) was the black and white paisley. Which one do you think suits me best?
Marlin’s is known for their apples and Diane told me that they produce over 30 different varieties. I love the way they are displayed with a sign that explains what each apple tastes like. Apples are always freshly picked and there is also apple cider and cider donuts, yum!
A tidbit of info… Marlin’s began in 1964 as a hobby orchard by Ann and Bill Marlin. In the mid 70’s they expanded the orchard and created the Garden Centre making their hobby into a full time job. Then in 1989 they retired and sold the business to their daughter Diane and her husband George who now run the business with their three children, Kris, Alexandra and Hannah. It’s a real family business and one where mostly everything that is sold is grown right there by the family, from plants, apples, pears, pumpkins, honey, and now they are also growing trees. In 2014 Marlins celebrated 50 years in business and in a few more years will be celebrating 60.
The store is jam packed with Autumn decorating ideas and all kinds of home decor, clothing, garden decor and dare I say – a beautiful early selection of Christmas Items. You can never have enough Christmas decorations (she says as she just moved about 12 totes full when moving houses this past week.)
Once you step outside you are greeted with rows and rows of Fall mums in a variety of colours – in fact there are Greenhouses full of them so drive on over and start your Fall decorating. There are also lots of Fall perennials to choose from as well as bulbs and remember, Gift Certificates are always available.
The store is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 5 pm.
For your safety, they also still have curbside pick up! Orders can be placed through their online shop at marlinorchards.com, or by emailing at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning at 613-931-1213. I do have to say though, this was a very safe in person shopping experience with everyone wearing a mask and respecting the 6ft social distancing protocols!
So drive on over for the “Pick Your Own” (McIntosh apples only) event today (September 12th) and tomorrow (September 13th). Please note: there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow, Sunday (September 13th). If it is raining, “Pick Your Own” will be cancelled. Marlin’s owners will wait until tomorrow morning to make that call based on the weather!
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