If you have never been to Prince Edward County, I can tell you it is worth the trip. Just a couple of hours east of Toronto is a foodies Neverland. Filled with bakers of bread, makers of cheese, growers of organic vegetables and fermenters of grape; it is a place I could return to again and again.
This was the third year Chef and I have visited. The previous years have be solely to attend the Taste of the County : www.tastethecounty.ca ( It’s the ultimate picnic) But this year we went the weekend before Taste to explore on our own.
The idea was to go to as many wineries as we could , stop for any and all fruit /vegetable stands we passed and of course follow the winding road to Black River Cheese.
Black River Cheese is a century old small co-operative , owned by local farmers. Using only local county milk and no preservatives they make some of the best cheese I have ever tasted. They use animal-free rennet, annatto seed to colour the cheese, locally sourced ingredients to flavour the cheese, and it is not mass produced . It’s truly and artisan product. Of course some of this had to come home with us.
The next stop was a vegetable stand. The local growers were proudly displaying all of their goods. The bonus was the resident rabbits.
You can’t go to the County without stopping by Vickies’ Vegies. Vicki is a legend in the county. One of the first growers in the area to grow vegetables organically and sustainably . We always make a point of bringing home a few things from her little stand that is in the front of her farm. All transactions are on the honour system. Money is put into a small red box, after you have decided on which of the beautiful produce you can’t live without. For me, its usually the tomatoes and squash.