Almonte – Harvest Food & Drink Show

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 we will be participating in the 3rd Annual Harvest Food & Drink Show. We are preparing a wonderful spread for this occasion. We will offer a cheese plate, Seed to Sausage cured sausages, Water Buffalo summer sausage, Vegetarian Butter ‘chicken’ and locally-made small batch pickles galore.

Cheese Plate

We will feature well-crafted cheeses from Ontario and Québec. You will have the opportunity to taste 5 cheeses, ranging from soft to firm textures, and made with either cow’s or goat’s milk.

Cendré des Prés, Domaine Féodal, Berthieville, Québeccendré-des-prés.jpg

  • Type of milk: Pasteurized cow’s milk
  • Texture: Soft

This lovely cheese is made from cow’s milk and features a bloomy rind. A line of maple wood ash runs through the centre of the cheese giving it a wonderful taste of farm fresh butter.

Chevrochon, Fromagerie Kaiser, Noyan, Québecchevrochon

  • Type of milk: goat’s milk
  • Texture: Soft

Chevrochon has an off-white interior with a supple, flexible and creamy texture. Along with an earthy aroma, it offers a pronounced but pleasant goat’s milk flavour.

St-PaulinSt-Paulin Kaiser, Noyan, Québec

  • Type of milk: Pasteurized cow’s milk
  • Texture: Semi-soft

St-Paulin’s interior is cream to pale yellow in colour with a supple and elastic texture. To be enjoyed for its milky and yogourt aroma along with its buttery and slightly tart nutty flavours.

Aged Lankaaster, Glengarry Cheesemaking, Lancaster, Ontarioaged Laankaster

  • Type of milk: Pasteurized cow’s milk
  • Texture: Hard

This cheese has notes of caramel, butterscotch, pineapple and butter that linger on the palate that just gets better with age. It is complex, balanced, sweet and savoury with no bitter or sharp notes to disrupt its rich smooth finish.   In 2013 it won ‘Best Cheese in the World’ in the Global Cheese Awards.

Celtic Blue, Glengarry Cheesemaking, Lancaster, OntarioCeltic Blue

  • Type of milk: Pasteurized cow’s milk
  • Texture: Soft

Another award-winning Glengarry Cheesemaking cheese, Celtic Blue, is a soft creamy blue cheese, with delicate blue veining and a limestone coloured natural rind which is developed by specific ripening cultures. The typical blue taste is mild and not aggressive and is softened by a nice buttery aroma.

Ontario Water Buffalo co.summer_sausage

If you want to taste something different try the Water Buffalo Summer Sausage. It has excellent texture and flavour, with a sweeter and richer flavour than beef without being “gamey” or wild tasting.


seeds to sausageSeed to Sausage

We will feature the Saucisson Sec, the Chorizo, and their new Jalapeño and Blue Cheese Saucisson.


Vegetarian ‘Butter Chicken’amaya chicken made

Tofu and green peas served in this decadent Amaya (Toronto Indian restaurant) butter chicken sauce. What a feast!



Join us on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Almonte Agricultural Hall (195 Water Street, Almonte ON) between 1pm and 6pm.



Canada’s largest annual puppet festival! Puppets UP! in Almonte



The Puppets are coming Up! This festival is Canada’s largest annual puppet festival. Starting Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, there will be magic at every turn in Almonte!

puppetsup showThe annual festival is back for its 11th year. It offers 60 performances of 10 different shows from Canada, the U.S., and, this year’s featured performer, Bernd Ogrodnik from Iceland. Many of the festival’s shows and street entertainers are designed for the very young, while others will amuse and keep older kids and adults fully engaged. All performers take a break from their performances on both Saturday and Sunday to participate in the famous Puppets Up! parade, which marches down Mill Street from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Imagine! It’s all happening in and around beautiful and historic Mill Street in Almonte, just a halfPuppets Parade Almontehour from downtown Ottawa. Come and say Hello, take in the shows or just wander the street and enjoy the buskers and other street activities!Giant puppets Almonte


Almonte “Cheese of the Month” to support Hub Hospice Palliative Care

Hub Hospice logoHub Hospice Palliative Care is a local organization that is here to help someone with a life-threatening illness who is being cared for at home – wherever the client considers home – in the Mississippi Mills and North Lanark area.

The palliative care team offers compassionate, confidential, respectful support to clients and their families. Under the supervision of a registered nurse, a specially trained volunteer will come to where a client lives to listen, read, talk with, or simply provide companionship. Through the program, caregivers can also be given a few hours to rest, take care of errands, or allow time for themselves so they can maintain their ability to give care.

When we read about a local palliative care project being organized, it spoke to both of our hearts and to two different experiences. Both of us feel that facing end of life, or, being close to a person facing end of life, is one of the biggest and most difficult times of our lives.

Compassionate palliative care helped Lise and her family through the loss of Lise’s mother many years ago. Lise remembers the kindness, honesty, and respect the palliative care nurse showed, both toward her mother and to her family, and how this support and her compassion made such a difference to the family through this difficult time.

When Sandra’s grandmother was dying, on the other hand, she and her family had the frustrating experience during this already emotionally painful time, with the sense of a lack of compassionate end of life care. She and her family struggled with authorities to help their family member be as comfortable as possible as she was dying.

We were really pleased when a program geared to compassionately accompanying families through this challenging time would be available to people in our community, and we knew that this was an initiative we wanted to support wholeheartedly. We started with a simple mason jar by the cash register to collect ‘pennies for Hub Hospice’ (as the Canadian penny was removed) and are matching the amount donated by customers. To date customers alone have contributed more than $235.00! The next concept that we are unrolling is the “Cheese of the Month”. Each month this year, one special cheese will be ordered in and 10% of the proceeds from sales of this special cheese will be donated directly to the project. Pick up a piece of Le Clos St-Ambroise, March’s Cheese of the Month, and know that you are helping to contribute to a valuable community initiative.


Cheese Boards for your next gathering

Are you busy preparing for a party? Let us help you make it special.

From fancy to family-friendly, we’ve got expert ideas for constructing delicious cheeseboards for entertaining guests.

We offer cheese boards made to order when you need it. These would be customized to your taste, number of guests, budget, etc. It would samples of different types of cheese, for example a blue, a hard cheese, and a soft cheese; accompaniments in order to best appreciate the taste of the cheeses such as crackers, various fresh and dried fruits, nuts and chutney, all presented on a simple, yet elegant, disposable/burnable wooden board.

Order soon by calling the shop (613-256-5764) to insure availability of your favourite cheeses, as quantities are limited.