If there’s one season that was made for foodies, it’s fall. There’s something about the arrival of autumn that inspires the stocking of shelves, the simmering of soups and the filling of freezers in anticipation of the long, cold winter ahead. Whether you’re looking for unique ingredients or the latest kitchen gadgets to coax the most flavour from your fall cooking frenzy, here are some of our favourite shops and stops in Hamilton Halton Brant.
The Horn of Plenty, Dundas
If back-to-school season has inspired you to refocus on healthy eating and cooking, The Horn of Plenty offers an amazing selection of healthy and organic ingredients, including many local and Canadian products. Must-try brands include locally roasted Domestique coffee, 50 Pesos fresh salsas, Dutchman’s Gold honey, Richardo’s hemp seed products and Giddy Yoyo chocolate.
Springridge Farm, Milton
Springridge Farm has been using family recipes to transform their crops into delicious preserves for over three decades. Their small-batch jams, relishes, chutneys, dressing and sauces are made from scratch in the farm kitchen. They also offer salad dressings, red pepper jellies, tapenades, salsas and marinades. There’s an onsite gift shop that has a wonderful selection of pottery, tea towels, and housewares.
Nothing says fall like a warm apple pie. Stock your freezer with Chudleigh’s delicious pastry Apple Blossoms, so you can bake up some fall flavours whenever you please. They come in three flavours: Crumble Crunch, Caramel Apple and Wildberry Apple. While you’re there you can pick your own apples and take a scenic wagon ride.
The Udder Way Artisan Cheese Company, Stoney Creek
These artisan cheese makers specialize in French-style, soft and bloomy rind goats cheese and offer a range of cheeses from Ontario and Quebec. Their varieties of handmade goat cheeses include chive, herbes de Provence, vegetable ash, garlic and the always popular garlic and sweet pepper.
The shop is currently only open on Saturdays, but check before you go as this may change.
Farmhouse Artisan Cheese, Oakville
Tasting is encouraged at this friendly Kerr Street Village shop. In addition to a fantastic selection of cheeses you’ll also find charcuterie and cured meats from Ontario and abroad as well as oils, vinegars, jams and chutneys.
The Casual Gourmet, Hamilton
The Casual Gourmet boasting one of the most extensive collections of kitchenware in the region.
We Look Forward To Seeing You Safely
As the COVID-19 situation in Ontario continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring hiccup-free fall adventures. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with the places you plan to go to in advance to see if reservations or activity bookings are required. On the day of your trip, do a quick check to verify the places on your agenda are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting.
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