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“Janet Dimond initially took to a yard sale on Roncesvales to showcase her love for fresh juice pops. She produced a small batch of ice pops and sold them to passersby. They were an instant hit and soon enough she started to show up at farmer’s markets.
Why We Love Them: Janet has a rotating menu of ice pops using fresh seasonal juices. She also has a knack for combining ingredients for maximum flavor explosion. Think watermelon, basil and mint pops or grapefruit, lime and ginger pops.”
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New York Times
Janet Dimond, owner of the stand Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops (augiesicepops.com) briskly sold fresh icy confections (watermelon infused with cucumber and ginger, strawberry mingled with rhubarb) for $2.75 and bowls of asparagus, lemon and chickpea soup for $3. “On a day like this,” Ms. Dimond said, indicating the brilliant sunshine, “this is where everyone comes.”
Summer on a Stick
The Toronto Star
Popsicles have gone gourmet.
For starters, they have a fancy new name: ice pops.
They’ve moved well beyond the deadly sugar water/food colouring combo, and past mono-flavours like orange and grape into restaurant-worthy pairings like grapefruit-ginger-lime, strawberry-basil-balsamic vinegar and watermelon-lemon-mint.
Those are three top sellers at Janet Dimond’s fledgling business, Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops. She was a hit at the Evergreen Brick Works farmers’ market for the last two Saturdays after she landed a temporary spot.
“We sold out of every single pop we had,” says Dimond. “So many people were coming up and saying, `What a great idea.’ ”
Gourmet Frozen Treats
Good Food Revolution
Founder Janet Dimond’s handmade, all-natural fruit-bomb ice pops are made from fresh seasonal Ontario fruits and are sold at various retailers and at Farmer’s Markets across the city. Flavours change based on availability, but past ice-pop flavours include: grapefruit-lime-ginger, watermelon-lemon-mint, and blackberry-yuzu-orange zest-lime juice. These artisanal frozen treats are a delicious way to cool off this summer.
Gourmet popsicles: the perfect frozen treat
Westjet’s Up! magazine
Head to Sorauren or Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Markets for a taste of Augie’s ice pops—gourmet goodies made from seasonal fresh-squeezed fruit and transformed into crowd favourites like watermelon lemon mint or peach lemon buttermilk for $3 each.