By Amélie Crosson
At the crossroads of two gravel roads in the bucolic countryside between Smiths Falls and Kingston is an old school house that has been transformed into foodie central for the Rideau Lakes region.
For five generations Wendy’s family has farmed this land and for decades has sold in-season produce, but it’s Wendy who has stepped up blend country traditionalism with cosmopolitan tastes.
Under the gaze of grazing dairy cows you park your car. In the shade of the front porch you will find bins of corn, potatoes, beans, or carrots and some bags to help yourself. To one side, under the sun, is a beautiful herb garden — with the plants all well marked — ask for a bag and scissors and go cut your own.
Inside the store, a few steps across the creaky wood floor, you’re face to face with fabulous food from across the region. Freezers and fridges house meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, salad greens, and prepared foods. The meats are especially tempting: beef, pork, elk, bison, chicken, lamb, turkey, duck, rabbit, goose, wild boar, venison, not to mention sausages and pâtés.
Your eyes wander from baskets of golden, flappy-eared mushrooms, garlic cloves, jars of pickles, chocolates, and spreads, to shelves of breads and baked goods (including lots of gluten-free options), honey, jams and relishes, soaps and cosmetics, ceramics and other crafts. Everything comes from within about 100 kilometres and Wendy’s husband Rick also makes deliveries to local restaurants and homeowners.
In the summer, come out on the last Sunday of the month for a themed party. Wendy brings together local chefs to provide cooking demonstrations, musicians, and artists for a celebration of food, music, and art.
August 28 is for tomato lovers with heritage tastings.
September 25 brings apples with an Apple Cider Press Display.
October 30 celebrates the Fall Harvest with a Baked Bean Contest.
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Take Hwy #15 to Morton and turn onto Brier Hill Rd.
- Then left on Fortune Line Rd. 1 km
- Follow the signs to Wendy’s.
For more info call Wendy: 613-928-2477 or 613-561-2177