The term “No man is an island” comes to mind. This same concept applies to our farm store. While we raise plenty of fresh food products ourselves we rely on our neighbours for the quality products they can provide.
Many of our organic grains, flakes and flours come from Oak Manor Farms just outside of New Hamburg ON. Oak Manor sources organic, non-GMO grains and seeds from certified organic family farms in Ontario. Their heritage milling processes preserve the nutrients of the whole grain.
Our oil shelf includes `Ralo’ a certified organic, high-quality, delicious, extra-virgin olive oil from small family farms in Greece. “Ralo”, a small business in Kitchener ON, visits these small sustainable farms themselves to taste and select the highest quality oil, each year.
We also carry locally made beeswax candles. Long-time friend, Carol, operates `Your Time Boutique’ in Kitchener ON. Carol makes beautiful beeswax candles in an assortment of styles: pillars, tapers, votives, and tealights. Naturally fragrant, these lovely candles give off a subtle scent of honey when burning. The perfect alternative for people who have asthma, allergies, or headaches due to paraffin or scented candles.
Another family friend `Amy’ handcrafts her own bars of soap. `Amy’s Soap’ is mildly scented with essential oils, coloured with natural ingredients such as turmeric and made in small batches, these soaps are a delight to the senses and your skin. And recently a new addition to our line of homemade soaps – “Earth Potion Apothecary”. Created by our very own ‘Steph’ and friends. These organically, wildcrafted herbal soap bars are made with love in Stratford.
Looking for a nutritious treat-on-the-go? Good friend and neighbour, Rachel, makes the amazing `Get Pump’d’ protein bar that you’ll find in our cooler.
Sort of like your old time `General Store’. You’ll find our own apple cider vinegar, organic crackers, pastas and breads including gluten free options as well. Birdseed, bird feeders, dog food and in the Spring – organic garden seeds. Also, Canadian coast to coast products including: Moody Bee Lip Balm from BC, Oneka Shampoo from Quebec and MacAusland’s Natural Wool Blankets from PEI.
And all this comes with old-fashioned, neighbourly customer service!