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Finds From The Farm – The International Plowing Match 2012 and Custom Farm Signs


City Goes Country In Kitchener-Waterloo

When most think of Kitchener-Waterloo they think of the technology sector, but the area has so much more to offer.  Kitchener-Waterloo is part of a much bigger municipality known as The Region Of Waterloo.  The Region of Waterloo consists of  the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as Wilmot, Wellesley, Woolwich and North Dumfries townships.  This mix of urban and rural communities is what gives this area of Southwestern Ontario a uniqueness and appeal to tourists.  It was no wonder that the International Plowing Match chose Roseville, a town just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo, to hold this year’s event.

From Farm To Table

The farming community in this area is vibrant.  With the shift in focus on locally grown food, this area has so much to offer.  The Buy Local Buy Fresh initiative that originated in this area was well intact before anyone had heard of the 100 Mile Diet.  We have several options for those seeking to support local farmers.

Here’s a list of a few popular places to support local food

  • Kitchener Market
  • St. Jacob’s Market
  • Herrles Market
  • Barries Asparagus
  • Stemmler’s Meats
  • Wellseley Gourmet
  • Eating Well Organically

Agriculturally Accurate

Farm  machinery is also a staple in this area.  Finding the right tools and equipment locally is what helps our local farming community thrive.  This year’s plowing matches range from antique plowing to modern day methods.  This makes sense since much of the early day farm machinery came from Waterloo Manufacturing.  Finding the mix of old and new is something that The International Plowing Match has in common with us here at The Sign Depot.

Whether it is the process of making a sign look weathered or finishing a project with a unique finish the medley of  old and new can be easily recognized the moment you step into our showroom.  You are suddenly in a mix of pub, reception and Farm Signs.   We think it is a great representation what we can offer to the community and a relection of how the community has influenced us.

We think the International Plowing Match will also continue to display the mix of old and new by showing how far farming has come with making sure to respect the evolution of agricultural pursuits.  Want to learn more about what there is to see and do at the 2012 International Plowing Match? You can find it on their Schedule Of Events.



Custom Designed Signs Set In Stone

Making Things Permanent with a Custom Designed Sign

Although here at The Sign Depot we specialize in sandblasted cedar signs, we create products using many other materials as well. Wood signs can be fully customized in terms of shape, colour, text and graphics but wood is not the only base that can be Sandblasted.  A custom designed stone sign is also a great way to display your name/logo/address or any other text/design.

Custom stone signs are unique looking and long lasting.  They are very versatile, whether it be as an address marker (like a farm sign), a corporate gift (a restaurant sign) or personalized present, a stone creation can be matched to fit a variety of surroundings and sandblasted to reflect the personality and/or branding of the recipient.

Custom designed stone signs work great on pathways, gardens and near sidewalks.  The weather will not be a factor when it comes to the longevity of your custom sandblasted stone sign.  In fact the outdoor elements will help create character and give it many unique qualities.   Sandblasting the stone is the only beginning of the etched look.  Once the stone has been engraved with the text and graphic in the etched areas, it is then painted to show the highlights of the now personalized stone sign.

Take a look on your gift list.  How many of your friends and family would enjoy having their name set in stone?  Sandblasted signs make great wedding gifts, corporate gifts, and a great present for that hard to buy for person at Christmas.   If a few names come to mind, make sure to contact us and we can help you create a one of a kind custom designed stone sign.  Once designed your custom sign can begin the production process and finishing process and soon your unique stone sign will in your hands.

Engraved Stone Signs - The Sign Depot