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