Get ready for summer with Olliffe

Get ready for summer with Olliffe

Between the May long weekend, these gorgeous late spring days, the delicious Ontario produce we’ve been enjoying lately and plenty of home-cooked meals cooked on the BBQ, it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer here in Toronto. June is just days away and by this time next month, we’ll be enjoying the Canada Day long weekend. There’s a lot going on in the interim—here are a few tips and reminders to help you get ready for summer. We hope to see you in our Yonge Street butcher shop soon.

School lunches: you’re in the final stretch

Parents and other caregivers, this tip is for you. The task of making school lunches can feel never-ending, but the finish line is finally in sight. Most schools in Ontario finish the academic year around June 28th, which means you’ve only got four more weeks to go…unless, of course, your kids are going to day camp and need lunches made all summer, too. (In that case, “never-ending” may actually be true.)

In any case, we’ve got some ideas for anyone who’s feeling burnt out or tired of making the ‘same old, same old’ things:

We are also big fans of leftovers for lunch. If you have a high quality thermos, just about anything can be sent for lunch the next day!

Father’s Day is coming up fast

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th. If you’re shopping for a gift for your dad, grandpa, the father of your kids or another important man in your life, consider a gift card to Olliffe. We’ll also be sharing Father’s Day meal ideas on the blog next week—whether Dad loves steak, burgers, sausages, smoked meat or a classic roast dinner, we’ve got you covered!

Baseball season, BBQs and backyard dinners

As June continues to roll on, make the most of it by cooking outdoors as often as possible. There are plenty of excuses to grill—when hosting friends and family, having a backyard dinner with your partner and/or kids, while watching the baseball game (or NHL playoffs!) or just because you feel like it. Stock up your fridge and freezer, because grilling season is in full swing and you don’t want to be unprepared when a burger craving strikes! Not to mention picking up some of your family’s BBQ favourites for those upcoming cottage weekends, camping trips and more. ‘Tis the season, after all, and we’re here for it.

Thanks very much for shopping local and supporting regenerative food in your community. Remember, if you can’t make it to our butcher shop in person, we offer home delivery to many nearby communities. Place your order at and please let us know if you need any assistance.

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