Posted : November 8, 2020
Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.
Our bountiful regions are overflowing with everything you need for the perfect holiday feast. Delectable meats, farm fresh produce and homemade baked goods are sure to have your dinner guests savouring the season. Add a touch of sparkle to your table with refreshing ciders, award-winning wines, and handcrafted spirits and brews – locally sourced by you.
If you’re a craft beer lover, stop here to pick up something for everyone. You can find something hoppy, or something light, and even some seasonal brews that were brewed right in the darn place! Can’t get much better than that.
Holland Marsh Wineries is boutique winery, dedicated to producing premium hand-crafted wines from vineyards situated right in their own backyard in Newmarket. Chose from Ephemere, Reserve, and Select wines.
An award-winning micro-distillery in Vaughan, proudly hand-crafting high quality spirits. Last Straw was founded to make whisky, and also makes gin, blackstrap spirit, and aged moonshine. Fill your liquor cabinet with some locally made goodness.
Whether entertaining for a large gathering or, sharing a simple culinary adventure for two, La Jolie Cheese Shop’s cheese boards bring you the finest cheeses from uniquely different terroirs of the world.
Canada’s Premier Duck producer, supplier and experience provider. Family owned and operated duck farm for over three generations. Free from additives and unnatural elements that affect the integrity of taste and nutrition. No hormones or growth stimulants as well as free from food colouring or addictives, phosphate free and gluten free.
AE Natural Meats is a family run business where they strive to raise their livestock as close to the way nature intended. All of their animals roam on large grass pastures. Their meat is grass fed without the aid of antibiotics or hormones and raise natural lamb, beef, chickens and eggs.
Sugar & Spice is an artisanal small batch bakery using local ingredients. The rotating menu will reflect produce available in season.
NUT FREE BAKERY selling cookies, cakepops, custom cakes and cupcakes daily.
The company started off with 3 friends discovering their hidden passion for “CAKING” – all things baked, creative designs for cake construction and experimenting with flavour. It quickly spiraled into a business venture they now share as TRIPL3 BAKED.
One Stop Shop
Market & Co. is a 40,000 sq ft. food market within Upper Canada with 20 premium merchants and restaurants lining the space. A true one-stop-shop!
Lagers and specialty beers, brewed with time honoured, hand-crafted techniques using fresh ingredients for a signature flavour. Real beer with full flavour, aroma, and body! Pick up your craft beer today at The Old Flame Brewing Co. located in Historic Downtown of Port Perry.
Located in the heart of Uxbridge, Ontario, their focus is on crafting and sharing ales full of flavour and character. The Second Wedge Brewing Company is inspired by the world’s finest small breweries and believe that putting their hearts and souls into their work is what makes it worthwhile and it definitely shows. Stop by their bottle shop today and stock up for the holiday season!
Archibald’s wines and ciders made from their own apples, as well as other Ontario fruit. The pressing, fermenting & bottling is all done under the watchful eye of Fred, the grower and wine maker. Their wine List ranges from Dry & Off Dry Table Wines to decadent Dessert Wines.
The Applewood Farm Winery produces unique, award winning fruit wines made from the fruits harvested right there on their farm as well as fruits from other local producers.
Appetizers & Charcuterie
The Passionate Cook boasts a large cheese and charcuterie counter, filled with artisan cheese from around the world. Small batch charcuterie such as wild boar sausage, duck foie gras parfait and many nitrite and nitrate free salamis. Whether you need a slice of your favourite Gorgonzola or a cheese board for your next party, they have amazing cheeses, that you MUST taste to believe. Their fromager Cecilia is always happy to chat cheese!
Gallery On The Farm is a fifth generation fully active organic beef farm. They sell certified organic freezer beef, eggs, seasonal veggies and more. Unlike cattle selected to grow fast on grain, these animals were bred to thrive as grazers on natural pastures, and store their fat as “marbling” throughout the meat. This gives the beef a distinctive eating quality – lean, yet exceptionally juicy, flavorful, and tender.
Visit Willowtree Farm’s on-site fresh butcher shop where they offer a wide range of naturally raised, antibiotic free and no added growth hormone meats. Their experienced butcher, Gord, is on-site daily to provide a wide range of fresh cuts. It’s like the good old days where you can talk to your butcher as he is cutting and wrapping your fresh meat before your eyes.
Hy-Hope Farm’s freezers are stocked with naturally raised beef, pork and chickens. Most importantly, they do not use growth hormones or shots of any kind. The animals are all pasture fed and free-range. From steaks, roasts, ground beef and sides of beef custom cut to the customers needs. Whole free-range chickens and pork chops, bacon and sausages that are great for the BBQ are also available for sale. A little birdy told me that there are wonderful baked goods sold at the farm as well!
Located in Goodwood, Annina’s Bakeshop, Café and Catering is the purveyor of fine baked goods from the esteemed Chef Marco Cassano. From cinnamon rolls and buttertarts to cookies and pies, you will be able to satiate you and your family’s sweet tooth needs.
A small-batch boutique winery with 23,000 vines, focusing on organic and biodynamic practices. Starting with the best fruit from the Adamo Estate, and from some of the top growers in Ontario, their fruit speaks for itself. Visit their beautiful retail space and stock up on Adamo’s award winning wine.
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery’s goal is to produce an array of quality beverages, and to reignite the passion for hard cider that has been evident since the 19th century. Whether it’s sweet cider (soft cider), or hard cider, they’ve got you covered.
Appetizers & Charcuterie
Purveyor of fine cheeses and gourmet foods with a focus on local growers and producers. A vast selection of some of the finest cheeses from around the world. Some product lines include Cottage Country North, Red Brick House, Spirit Tree Cidery and Cathy’s Kombucha. Not limited to just cheese, Fromage also stocks a large selection of gourmet food items to help you create your next delicious meal.
One Stop Shop
Spend some time with the family tonight and let Heatherlea Farm Shoppe do the cooking! Try their wholesome and conveniently prepared frozen entrees. Just heat and serve. Made with their drug and hormone free meats, farm fresh eggs, and local vegetables, always made from scratch in their certified kitchen. They make everything in house – including the stock! A large selection which includes savoury pies, soups, chilis, meatloaf, casseroles and more. You can find home-raised, grass-fed beef, as well as similarly raised poultry, pork, and specialty meats in their fresh butcher shoppe.
Don’t forget to pick up dessert! With hand-rolled pastry, fresh fruit, local ingredients, a touch of sweetness and lots of love! They only use ingredients you would see in your own home, including fresh eggs, milk, butter, and flour. Yum!
At Landman Gardens and Bakery all of their animals are raised without the use of hormone, antibiotics, GMO-free and pasture raised. Meat is available by the whole or half animal, packages or individual cuts.
Their delicious baked goods start out with real, fresh and local ingredients. Their flour comes from a mill in Beeton called K2 Milling, meaning all of their grains are grown within Ontario. Natural sweeteners, honey and maple syrup, is used when possible in recipes. Baking items include: fruit pies, meat pies, butter-tarts, squares, cookies, bagels and breads!
Enjoy Spirit Tree favourites from the comfort of your own home. From their freezer, fridge or shelf to yours, they make family meals or dinner parties easy with delicious comforting foods made with local ingredients and the care you have come to expect from the Spirit Tree kitchen.
Stop into the Farm Shop for fresh new products weekly. The Farm Shop fresh has fresh bread/baked goods/to go meals/farm products like cheese, coffee, fudge, meats and so more!
Keep in mind that due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the activities may not be fully available, as well, you may need to purchase tickets online – make sure you check the locations website for more information to ensure a safe visit for all.
If you can’t find an ingredient close to home, we have suggested some great alternatives. Visit the YDH Virtual Market to find everything you need to make the Ultimate Holiday Feast!