Local Flavours

Norm's Smoke House, Gelert

Norm’s Smoke House, Gelert

What a joy to savour fresh local foods, craft brews or hand scooped ice cream! When you hike, bike or paddle – your fuel is your food and drink. Some you’ll plan to carry with you, and some you’ll discover along the way. On a self-propelled journey your culinary rewards are well-earned. With good fortune, you’ll find unique flavours that speak of the place you’re visiting. These make an outing memorable – maybe for years to come.

The Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) presents a new market-in-motion to sustain quality creative food initiatives. Enjoy these Local Flavours, and tell them you’re a TAG traveller.

If you have an idea for your own product or small business, consider collaborating with the TAG Towns project. Here are some Local Flavours we’ve discovered, either right on the Greenway or just a stone’s throw away – listed here from South to North, or from Toronto to Algonquin.

Fresh, Local and Artisan Foods

Annina’s Bakeshop, Goodwood – café, breakfasts, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, wraps, pasta

Tin Mill, Uxbridge – rustic elegant dining room in restored mill, extensive wine list, outdoor dining rooms

Silver Bean Café, Peterborough – located waterside and right on the bike trail in Millennium Park, an oasis in downtown Peterborough – coffees, sandwiches, salads

Riverhouse Co. Kitchen and Drinkery, Lakefield – small dining room and bar in restored house – local, sustainable organic food with menu following the seasonal harvest

Norm’s Smoke House, Gelert – takeout shop offering smoked meats, cheeses and fish processed right on-site, kolbassa and sausage sticks make great trail snacks + right next door is Lambs and Ivy Collectibles, otherwise known as Lou’s Antiques

Wintergreen Maple Products and Pancake Barn, Gelert – pancakes, waffles, sausages and syrup, sauces and preserves + gift shop

The Little Tart, Donald – located right on the HCRT, Haliburton County Rail Trail – a tiny, perfect takeout bakeshop specializing in original tart recipes

JBean’s Café is a new business venture combining good coffee and live music in the former Heritage House Café. The building was one of the first general stores in Haliburton Village’s pioneer days. We’ll be watching their progress with interest.

Baked & Battered: Cottage Bakery and Fish Fry, Haliburton Village – a bakery café adjacent to a fish and chips restaurant, many items are gluten wise, also Kawartha Dairy ice cream, soups, salads and sandwiches

Wild edibles and forest foraging: Here’s a Video illustrating ethical wild leek harvesting with Carolyn Langdon of Windfall Forest, in the Haliburton Highlands

Abbey Gardens Food Hub, West Guilford – fresh organic produce from the garden, salads, dips, baked goods, preserves, heritage flours ground on-site + a Community Kitchen, a wonderful site to tour, heritage breed ponies and chickens, organic gardening demonstrations + venue for community events and celebrations

Rhubarb Restaurant, Carnarvon – relaxed fine dining overlooking Mirror Lake

Sage Pantry, Halls Lake – 3 kms from the Stanhope Heritage Cycling Tour – fresh baked goods, soup, salad, sandwiches + house made entrees in the freezer

Wineries, Craft Breweries

Haliburton Highlands Brewing, West Guilford – located down the back lane at Abbey Gardens – small batch craft brews to go

Moon Shadows Estate Winery, Hwy 118, Haliburton – yes! Ontario’s first maple winery offering tastings, selection of original fruit wines + Maple Moon maple syrup products and gift shop

Boshkung Brewing Co – located at Rhubarb Restaurant in Carnarvon

Applewood Farm Winery, Stouffville – fruit wines and ciders made right at the farm, strawberry and apple picking in season, jams and jellies + pumpkins, petting zoo, children’s play area

Farmers Markets

Trinity BellwoodsSt Lawrence MarketEvergreen Brick WorksStouffvilleUxbridge • Sunderland • LindsayPeterboroughLakefieldKinmountHaliburton County: Carnarvon / Haliburton Village