Sugar Mama’s Bake Shoppe
365 North Front Street, Belleville
There is something wonderful about moms and daughters creating a business and celebrating its sweet (and we do mean sweet) success two-plus years later! Belleville’s Joanne Trenholm and daughter Krysten Trenholm are best friends committed to making people happy in the family tradition of European baking from scratch. Get ready for hand-rolled doughnuts, pies, cakes and cinnamon bun mini cheesecakes with brown sugar and cinnamon swirl topped with a dollop of cream cheese icing. Is your sweet tooth tingling?
Whole Note Grains
8 Frankford Crescent, Unit #5, Quinte West
Take a family farm where the wheat is grown sustainably – without herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizers – and milled to preserve nutrients and flavours that are often lost in industrial processing. Add in some culinary know-how and you’ll get Michelle MacKinnon’s Whole Note Grains small-batch breads. Crusty, hearty and full-on delicious choices include Harmony Country Field, Walnut and Fig and Whole Note Baguette. Pass the butter! Order in advance or stop in and purchase while they last.
8 Dundas Street West, Trenton
From charcuterie and seasonal veggies to house-made flatbreads, pasta and heavenly plum buckles, Chef Tomas and his crew deliver on demand. One Eastmeets- West wedding began with steamy wonton soup – lovingly handmade dumplings in crystal clear consommé. The Kaleidoscope team focuses on custom feasts prepared from an awesome mobile food truck or in your kitchen of choice for private events and community festivals. And if you want to impress your family, try one of the ready-to-heat-and-devour gourmet meals
Kawartha Spice Company
Oh the comfort of a rich and spicy chicken curry! Debra Ragbar grew up in Guyana, helping her mom wash and dry herbs and spices and hand-mill them to make aromatic curry powder and other seasonings. Years later when she discovered she was celiac, she started recreating her mom’s Guyanese Curry Powder with 10 different spices and the nostalgia of home. She launched her online company in 2020, adding sweet and savoury blends for cooking, baking and cocktail rims! photograph by Kira Guthrie
Jolly Cut Cocktail Co.
38 Cold Storage Road, Picton
When the kids have gone to bed, Doug Blendell and his wife like to sit in their beanbag chairs by the woodstove and sip hot toddies. The classic whisky cocktail is one of the many adult beverages that Blendell, a former bartender, whips up like an expert. His secret is his own ready-to-pour Jolly Cut syrups made in small batches from fresh, natural ingredients. A perfect addition to the County’s food and drink scene!
The Schnitzel Shack
3 Toronto Road, Port Hope
Tuck into this signature German favourite, great comfort food in cold weather! Tender and crispy schnitzel served with fresh-cut fries and traditional sauerkraut or red cabbage, or piled on a fresh bun with housemade tomato or frite sauce. The family-run Schnitzel Shack is considered a don’t-miss gem in Port Hope with the feel of an old-fashioned drive-in diner. The service is friendly, dishes are made to order, and the portions are astonishing (don’t hold back or plan to share).
14 Gordon Street, Baltimore
Melanie Ferreira has combined the bold, lip-smacking flavours of South Africa into the family recipes she’s adopted for Lalies “hotter than your mother” sauces and condiments. (There are mild choices, too, but we do like the heat!) Her family moved to Canada four years ago and she decided to incorporate local produce in her sauces and later start her business. Her Chilli & Garlic sauce and others are in shops, markets and at her store in Cobourg coming this spring.