A Case for Christmas Duck

Here is a whole post devoted to why you should roast a duck this Christmas. Nothing against turkey or brisket or ham – all of the large celebratory meats are welcome at the holidays. But this year we are keeping things tight; no big gatherings, the leaf will stay stowed in the dining room table – so why not try a littler critter for your roast beast?

The New York Times roast duck has a secret…

 

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COVID-19 Update December

Following our protocol when feeling under the weather these days, three team members have tested positive for COVID-19.

The good news: The affected team members feel well. 

The bad news: To err on the side of caution and, frankly, to give our team a rest, we’re going to take Saturday, December 12th off for a deep clean. You can follow Butterfly Releases for more updates.

In the interest of full disclosure, we’d like to let you know the team members test report and work dates:

  • One reported a positive test on December 9th (last worked: December 5th).
  • The second reported a positive test on December 11th (last worked: December 6th).
  • The third reported a positive test on December 11th (last worked: December 8th).

Per Toronto Public Health recommendations, anyone who spoke to the team members within 6 feet for 15 minutes has been notified, asked to isolate and get tested.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Closing on a Saturday during Hannukah🕎 wasn’t on our schedule. But, you know, pandemic 🦠. 

Thanks for your patience, and see you on Sunday, in the aisles.

💚🐓.



Persimmons in January

 

 

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This is the perfect fruit to seek out right now. Fill your fruit bowl and let them ripen (the Hachiya variety can  take forever, but they’re so worth it) or not (the Fuyu pictured above, can be eaten when still hard, like an apple). Here’s our little primer on the varieties and how to enjoy them.
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Get Ready For The Holidays: Be Nice

 

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COVID-19 Update, November.

Dear Fiesta folks.

What strange (and stressful) times.

The second wave that everyone knew was coming is here. Numbers are still edging in the wrong direction 📈. We’re facing a renewed lockdown. Vaccines seem to be on the horizon.

Simultaneously, while coping with the threat of COVID-19 since March, many of the habits we’ve grudgingly adopted are less panic-inducing. We did not expect to get used to wearing masks. 

In light of the Province’s new restrictions, we thought we’d share a few current considerations:

Grocery Store

  • 🕗 HOURS: 8-9 AM Monday-Saturday will continue to be reserved for customers who would be at higher risk if they were to contract the virus.  
  • 😷 Masks: Properly worn masks are required to enter both the grocery store and the garden centre. 
  • 🛍 Bags: Feel free to bring your own bags, but: please don’t use them to shop with. And please plan to parcel them yourselves. That was extra sad to write.
  • 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Crowd-control: Please try to shop in the smallest group possible. 

Garden Centre 

The Garden centre is COVID-19 business-as-usual, meaning:

  • 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Crowd-control: Please try to shop in the smallest group possible. 
  • Masks 😷. 
  • Shop online: 🎄Christmas Trees🔥🪵 Firewood are available for delivery or curb side pickup.

Support Local

These are tough times for the independent businesses that contribute most to our economy, whose owners and employees spend money locally, and who help make our city the vibrant, dynamic place it usually is. You can check business news at insidemma.

While our hospitality industry, creators, producers, retailers, health practitioners and others are figuring out how to hold on, Jeff Bezos’ wealth has jumped by $90.1 billion, to $203.1 billion, between March and October.

And we don’t mean to single him out–most billionaires are doing well right now

We’ve all been doing some digital retail therapy. And of course, convenience is more than just a drug when you’re trying to reduce interactions during a pandemic.

But if you can, when you can, please try to support a local independent business. They need us now. And we need them to be here when this is over.

Thanks for ‘listening’. If you’re a customer, thanks for your patience. If you’re a frontline worker in any capacity, thank you for digging so deep.

See you in the aisles.

FF 🐓.