My latest visit to Ark + Anchor had instilled exciting news in me: their highly coveted Cheese and Herb Croissants were available at another Hamilton location, specifically de la terre's stall at the Hamilton Farmer's Market.
It's safe to say that my initial visit in the fall hadn't left me in awe at their offerings (especially not pokeh anyway). I learned to manouever through Jackson Square more efficiently this time, instead of taking the route that curved around the building towards the York street entrance. Upon strolling in, I noticed that some unfamiliar stalls had been added to the repertoire, some had switched locations, and some unfortunate ones had disappeared.
For the purposes of this trip, I was on a mission to obtain de la terre's bakery goods and a healthy dose of caffeine to fuel me for the remainder of the day.
Both were stuffed in a brown paper bag and handed to me in the absence of a smile. No plastic bags were provided either, but the items were transported home safely thanks to an extra grocery bag I had stashed in my backpack.
She was also overjoyed seeing that it was one of the few establishments that accepted alternate payment methods in addition to cash.
In addition to a comprehensive list of caffeinated beverages and brief selection of baked goods, Relay also carried a variety of brewing equipment and packaged bags of whole beans.
I'd also recommend others in the downtown Hamilton area to tour it as well - just beware: many of the stalls in the Farmer's Market are cash only.