Although it was officially “Local Food Week” in mid-June, every week should be Local Food Week!
It’s easy here in Napanee and Lennox & Addington County to find locally produced foods at some really interesting places. Over the next little while I’ll feature a few for you to check out. Some are within walking distance, while others will give you an excuse for a “country drive.”
Here are two of the newest places in Downtown Napanee:
At Seasons Chef Pat offers freshly prepared foods as well as foods for you to pick up and prepare yourself. If you’re not sure how to prepare certain dishes, just ask Pat—or attend one of her Cookery School classes. You will learn a new culinary skill and you’ll have lots of fun!
There is something for everyone with these classes. Give Seasons a call at 613-354-7557 to register. Just like they say on those TV ads–call today, don’t delay. These classes fill up fast. You can find details about the next class here. Of course you can also register when you drop in to pick up something for lunch or dinner.
In the store you can select from fresh or frozen foods, all prepared by Chef Pat and her team, made from seasonal foods—and according to what Pat feels like cooking. Pat believes in cooking wholesome foods, and educating yourself on how to best prepare those. Her in-store motto says it all, “Organic—or as our grandparents called it, Food.” “I support our local producers. I profess slow food. I believe that education is the key to good health and long life.”
If you have special dietary needs, don’t feel left out. You’ll find a variety of gluten-free foods, and other specialty items, including specialty chocolates. There is a wide array of other specialties as well: unique pastas and sauces, meats, artisan cheese and breads, and much more–and much of it locally grown or produced. What could be better?
Stop in and meet Pat and her friendly staff. Seasons Fine Foods & Cookery School, located at 6 Dundas Street W. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There is also a friendly “shopping service” where your groceries will be gathered up for you and delivered free of charge within the Napanee town limits. Now that’s a great way to get some local food!
Just around the corner from Seasons at 6 Mill St. W is the Heritage Harvest Grocery Store. (The two addresses being at 6…could be by sheer coincidence—but maybe 6 is a lucky number.)
Owners Mark and Krysta, [and sometimes their little guy “Jonesy”] are happy to greet you and help with your shopping needs.
“Our goal is to provide the best food from our region in one central place. Heritage Harvest will provide local, organic and classic grocery products,” says Krysta. The store is bright and spacious, and their unique shopping baskets and bags harken back to a simpler time. There are no “big orders” here. Just get what you need for today—enjoy it—and come again tomorrow. (Well, you’ll have to shop for two days on Saturdays, because the store is closed on Sunday.) Every other day, the store is open from 10 am until 7 pm.
Here you will find local produce, meat, eggs, dairy products (including some amazing goat and sheep milk cheese), and a variety of groceries. There is also a selection of gluten-free products, including some frozen breads. If you don’t feel like doing much preparation, “Grill Master Mark” will do it for you.
The deli features breads, meat, cheese, fruit, and drinks. Let Heritage Harvest Grocery Store put together the perfect picnic. They just might let you use one of their lovely baskets. Don’t forget the chocolate. Mark and Krysta have sourced some good organic, fair trade chocolate–I don’t how it got left out of the picture.
Having these two stores recently opened in Napanee is a boon for those who live and work downtown, or close to downtown. They won’t really compete with the “big” grocery stores in town—and they don’t want or need to. If you are looking for a unique shopping experience that will make every week Local Food Week, check out these specialty grocery stores. You won’t be disappointed.
I will be profiling other local food suppliers and great places to eat locally, so stay tuned! Do you have a favourite food place in Napanee or L&A County? Leave a comment and let me know.