In the late 1800's, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Gill were some of the first pioneers to settle Midhurst, Ontario and turn the land to farming. They kept chickens, pigs, horses and cattle. They even grew a fruit orchard.
Each week, my great-grandparents would head into Barrie to sell what they had grown, travelling by horse and buggy. Years later, my Uncle Howard would travel the same route by tractor, the vegetables all fresh, naturally grown, the only fertilizer he ever used was manure from his Dairy cows. Today, people might coin his produce 'organic', but to Uncle Howard his methods were just common sense.
Spending summers at the farm meant getting up early to help Uncle Howard muck the stalls and milk the cows. The gentlest, the biggest, the laziest and by far 'the best milker', according to Uncle Howard was Daisy.
Daisy was a brown and white Guernsey who liked to lay around and chew the cud. I carried the sloshing pails of milk to the farmhouse where Gram would strain the warm, white liquid through a cheese cloth and put it in the fridge to cool. When the work was done we'd enjoy a glass or two with one of her homemade raisin bran muffins, an oatmeal raisin cookie or a butter tart.
I spent a lot of hot summer afternoons nestled in the crook of an apple tree reading, while Daisy rested in the shade beneath me, swatting flies with her tail.
I wanted to bring the spirit of the farm to our community in the city: farm fresh vegetables, locally sourced and seasonal, the meats naturally raised, drug & hormone free, our pastries all handmade with only the finest ingredients.
We hope when you visit Lazy Daisy's you feel as comfortable as you would in your own home and that on every visit you enjoy great food & great service for a reasonable price.
See you soon!
Dawn Chapman & Family
Hitching Up the Team
Great Grandpa Gill, Grandma and mom (and Uncle Clarence photo bombing). 1966
farm-fresh & locally-sourced
This little cow went to market...
During season you can find us every Wednesday at Fairmount Park Farm Market and every Thursday at The East Lynne Farmers Market. Look out for us at The Grilled Cheese & Waffle Shack and come over to say hi!
After nearly 35 years in business, Olliffe's must be doing something right! Olliffe's long-standing commitment to locally-sourced quality meats keeps them working with their partners at the farmgate level. Daisy's is proud to be serving up Olliffe's sausage at this summer's Fairmount Park and East Lynne farmer's markets, dressed up with our own homemade zucchini relish and spicy ketchup. In-house, you can enjoy some of Olliffe's amazing chorizo in our delicious Breakfast Burritos.
Food Share School Grown
Daisys is a proud partner of FoodShare’s School Grown - a schoolyard farming project that employs students in running urban market gardens. This program leads a movement of change in the way children and youth eat, grow and learn. During growing season come to the café and enjoy their greens in our salads and their spinach in our brunch entrees!
Tim and Jacqui Schmucker
Ever meet somebody and think, 'This was meant to be?' That's how it was meeting Tim & Jacqui Schmucker. I had been looking for a supplier who shared similar values to Lazy Daisy's: offering only farm fresh produce that was locally-sourced, naturally-raised, and drug and hormone free.
In September 2011, LDC hosted the 'Welcome Back Kids & Parents' Coffee Morning at Bowmore School. As Jacqui scooped up a stack of our cafe postcards, she mentioned that she owned 'Fresh From the Farm', and wanted to tell her customers about our new cafe as we shared similar values. Aha!
Tim and Jacqui work with Mennonite farmers in the Kitchener/Waterloo region, bringing fresh produce, meats, cheese, and dairy to the city. They have been voted 'Best natural food market' by Now Magazine and praised as "the most unique grocery store in the city" by the Toronto Star. We are proud to offer their smoked bacon, black forest ham, and free range eggs on our menu!
Pilot Roast Coffee
Voted Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine, we invite you to savour some of the finest coffee Toronto has to offer! Produced by Pilot in Leslieville, our coffee is made with beans sourced directly from coffee farmers around the world.
Buy a mug or a bag. We offer a variety of fresh roasts to suit every taste.