Road Trip

Watershed is on the road… In this issue, it’s all about adapting to our circumstances, supporting the businesses the are working hard to create the food we love, sourcing fresh ingredients and finally getting out in the fresh air to the markets and the shops we love.


The Lass and Ladle
10831 Cty. Rd. 2

Grafton’s very own quality takeout kitchen now has a home base in the old Lawless heritage building on Highway 2. Stop by for a piled-high plate of beer-battered fish and chips – a five-star favourite. The store is also stocked with locally sourced fine foods, provisions for weekend BBQs and decadent baked goods.

Uncle Chester’s Hot Sauce

Heat up your summer dishes with Quinte’s own Uncle Chester’s Hot Sauce. Made with fresh local ingredients and inspired by the searing heat of the Caribbean, this hot sauce comes in one- two- or three-flame potencies. Ask for it at fine stores throughout *Watershed* country. As a bonus, the recipes on Uncle Chester’s web site offer garden-fresh alternatives to light up your favourite foodie fare and spice up your life.

You can find Uncle Chester’s Hot Sauce locally at:
Kate’s Kitchen, 271 Front St. Belleville

Burnham Family Farm Market, 760 Cty. Rd. 2, Cobourg

The County Emporium, 2522 Cty. Rd. 64, Carrying Place

Herma’s, 5316 Northumberland Cty. Rd. 28, Port Hope

Love Lane Ice Cream

Planning a wedding or other private gathering this summer? Get the scoop on this Instagram-worthy, pastel-perfect ice cream service. Ice cream is served to your guests from a vintage-style Pashley bike, and the decadent flavour combinations include lavender lemonade, blueberry bliss and black sweet cherry, assuring a cool experience you won’t soon forget.

Who can resist the urge to stop in for an ice cream cone in the sizzling summer heat? Here are some cool spots for a hot day:

Harbour Delights,164 Division St., Cobourg
Slickers, 232 Main St., Picton and 271 Main St., Bloomfield
Oh Dahlyla, 79 Main St. Brighton
The Village Pantry, 27 Main St. Warkworth

Agrarian Food Market
4 Lake St., Picton

From ready-to-grill meats and fresh produce to artisanal mustard and preserves, this European-style food market celebrates the best of local agriculture. Stock up on groceries, or if you’re heading off to the beach, try Agrarian’s boxed lunch for two. For larger gatherings you can feed a backyard crowd with their family picnic basket, featuring sandwiches, cheeses, spicy tapenade, picante chorizo and other treats.

Rey Rays Mexican Food Truck
145 Rose Glen Rd. S., Port Hope

For devout Rey Ray’s aficionados, there is only one season that matters, and it’s happening now. The flaming orange food truck in Port Hope fires up its kitchen to serve the tastiest chicken tinga tacos with pickled onions, avocado, lettuce, and queso fresco this side of Mexico City. Add polenta fries, killer koleslaw, a fresh fruit Jarritos soda and cinnamon sweet churros and let the mariachi music begin.

3020 Cty. Rd. 10, Picton

With every bite of perfectly pleasing PEC-ish bread, you’ll find a crust that yields to an airy, chewy interior. Each hearth-baked loaf, baguette and boule is as fresh and unique as full grain flour, County honey, sea salt and other preservative-free ingredients used to create them. And don’t forget to tempt your sweet tooth with cookies and croissants.

The Rice Lake Hard Cider
4741 Cty. Rd. 45, Baltimore

Northumberland has its own small-batch artisanal cider house! Rice Lake Hard Cider expertly crafts the best flavours of summer to add sparkle to your lazy lakeside days. Their cranberry cider is reminiscent of a Rice Lake sunset. It’s small, it’s in our backyard, and it’s worth supporting. Drop in, say hello to the cidermaker, Jana, and try some – you’ll be hooked.

[Summer 2021 departments]