Field Trip

Today I was lucky enough to participate in a tour of two amazing artisan food producers in St. Catherines, De La Terre Bakery and The Upper Canada Cheese Company.

At De La Terre Bakery, owner and chef, Jan Campbell-Luxton talked passionately about the philosophy of his bakery, from the  organic flour and eggs he sources to the the hand crafted sourdoughs that come fresh out of the oven everyday. It was inspiring to see someone so passionate and dedicated to their craft.

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Owner and Chef Jan Campbell-Luxton

At the end of the tour I overheard Jan telling another woman that he would be happy to give away some sourdough starter, and that’s when my ears perked up. So the deal is that he will give you sourdough starter and in return you have to bring him a loaf of bread you have baked using that starter. It was a deal!

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sourdough starter

 

I came away with a lovely potato olive oil sourdough, a chocolate croissant and a whole wheat herb and cheese croissant.

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The Last stop was The Upper Canada Cheese Company. They are the first small modern creamery in Niagara, dedicated to using only milk from local Guernsey herds. This fresh milk is minimally processed resulting in the purest cheese possible. It has uncommon taste, texture and range of flavours which are influenced by the seasons and how the cows are raised. It’s then aged in cellars until it’s ready for the customers. We were able to peer through the glass and watch the cheese makers hard at work as well as sample a few delicious cheeses.

 

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Peeking into the dairy.

 

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Niagara Gold Cheese. Delicious!

It was a lovely field trip, inspiring and nice to have a day away from the kitchen. I hope to be back soon for more food adventures!

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Welcome!

Welcome to Humble Pie & Pastries!

I’m Zoe, and I started this business because I am passionate about food – from growing, foraging, and harvesting to cooking, baking and eating!

I am committed to serving you delicious baked goods and cooking which are all prepared with love by hand using only the highest quality ingredients. I source organic and local ingredients as much as possible so that you get foods that are both delicious and sustainable.

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(Bacon and Asiago Brioche)

I also love yoga and hope to incorporate this passion into my business as well.

yoga pie

 

As well as growing my own vegetables at my community farm.

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