Maybe it’s because we have a restaurant, but I have so much heart for small businesses. While visiting Grey County I stopped in at The Barn Co-operative Network for sprouted chickpea hummus and I had to drag myself out because I could have spent all day there.

When you go to agricultural regions you meet a lot of businesses that have spanned generations and that’s heartwarming but I love seeing newer generations work on new businesses.

The Barn Co-operative is so freaking exciting.

It’s a social enterprise for the community, built around healing arts, local organic food and education. There is a food market on the first floor and on the second floor is a coffee bar/restaurant/music area.

It’s a true community space and it’s really awesome.

The Barn Co-operative in Meaford is a great place to stop in for something to eat or join a workshop.


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