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Learn more about the people that make Lee & Maria’s special.

  • Working at Lee & Maria’s was a dream come true for Chelsea, literally. “I was a delivery customer for a long time and always dreamed of working here. I would tell my husband about it all the time, to the point where he’d get annoyed.”

  • By Rylee Wallace - Growing up in a sugar shack sounds like every kid’s dream! As a young girl, Diane Rivard, co-owner of Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products, remembers helping her parents, Jean and Don Giffin, make maple syrup. Diane, a 3rd generation maple syrup expert, would sit and watch as her parents

  • Kaylee Pillon is not a big fan of celery, “it hates me, I hate it, it’s a mutual understanding.” Kaylee, a market specialist and delivery packing lead, calls celery annoying to eat, requiring too much chewing with little taste payoff. “What’s even the point?” Kaylee, a Harrow native, has worked at L

  • By Rylee Wallace - It’s not every day that you hear about businesses created by teens, but for Russell House BBQ Sauce, that is precisely what happened! Alexis Russell, now 14 years old, whipped up her first barbecue sauce in the third grade as a Father’s Day project for school. When she brought the

  • By Rylee Wallace - Just outside of Harrow, Ontario lives the 300-acre Wrightland Farm. Year after year, they grow some of the tastiest asparagus in the county. If there is one way to prove this point, it’s by the line-up of cars outside the farm on the opening day of the season!

  • Working as a market specialist at Lee & Maria’s is only one of the jobs that occupy Kennedy Reaume’s time. The Cottam native also works for Community Living Essex County as a support worker, helping people in the region with intellectual disabilities, assisting with their day-to-day activities.

  • By Rylee Wallace - For Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin of The Iron Kettle, becoming a chef seemed to be inevitable. His father spent his career in the food industry, his uncle in hospitality, his grandfather a butcher, and of course, he always had a natural love of food. These were all significant factors

  • Beginning on Friday, July 10, the Town of Kingsville will be closing Main St. and Division St. to allow businesses in the downtown core to open onto the street. The closure will mean a detour for getting to our market from the west side of Kingsville and from anywhere north of highway 3. The closure

  • Avery Mertz thinks it’s funny when someone calls her a jock and “takes it as a compliment, somewhat,” she says. Avery hit the ice for the first time when she was just five-years-old, playing for the Harrow Rams. Now, this Lee & Maria’s Market Specialist plays forward for the University of Windsor La

  • We've had several calls, emails, and social media posts asking about our policy on migrant workers and if you should be concerned with the produce you're receiving. I'm going to break it down into to separate topics; How do we treat "our" migrant workers and how safe is the product we're receiving f

  • By Rylee Wallace - Like many who suffer from skin problems, Charmaine Gillis, owner of Ocean Bottom Soap Company, had a hard time finding a natural remedy after developing her own skin issues 28 years ago. Doctors and Skin Specialists insisted that the best form of treatment was to use steroidal cre

  • Normally kids hate broccoli, except around Lee & Maria's. Our little farmers Lorenzo and Mia have always been big broccoli fans. We've actually caught Lorenzo sneaking heads of broccoli after they've been picked and eating them whole. The trick is eating it fresh. Broccoli can get soft as it wilts,

  • Amanda Cacilhas has travelled the world, visiting places like Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland and Cuba. Amanda hit the road after graduating from the University of Toronto and Humber College with degrees in psychology and international development.