Exploring the Unique Local Products in the Niagara Region

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all having a great weekend.  It’s beautiful weather here in St. Catherines where I have been spending my weekend so far.  I am on the hunt for the most unique locally produced products.  St. Catherines is less than a 30 minute drive from the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where I found a selection of very unique products.

My day began with a trip to the farmers market in Niagara-on-the-lake.  Some local product we saw included fresh rhubarb, asparagus, apples and some pickled vegetables.  Since we were on the road and we couldn’t pick up too much, we picked up some items for dinner such as pickled radish from Martin’s Savoury Pickles, fresh honeycrisp and empire apples (a cross between Mcintosh and Red Delicious), beautiful bread and an amazing peanut butter cheesecake donut from Willow Cakes and Pastries.

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Since Niagara-on-the-lake is full of wineries, we visited our favourite winery, Jackson Triggs Winery.  We discovered that there are many wines that are sold in the wineries that are not available in the LCBO.  Among these products included the very unique Sparkling Merlot. This is a very unique product since it is the first sparkling red wine that I’ve ever seen.  It is fermented twice to give a natural carbonation and some sweetness.  It is a sweeter and more bubbly version of their merlot, a great refreshing summer beverage that can be enjoyed cold!

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We also visited a cheese shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where a selection of local cured meat and cheeses were for sale.  An interesting cheese I saw, among many others was the caramelized onion cheddar. I am thinking of my sister with this cheese as I know she loooves caramelized onions!

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I also had the opportunity to visit the Neob lavender field. They grow their own lavender, as the weather in Ontario is actually optimal for growing lavender. Lavender is a plant that requires lots of sunlight but minimal water and pruning.  They also make some very aromatherapeutic products from their lavender such as lavender syrup, a delicious syrup made from distilled essential oils of lavender, perfect for a dessert, a refreshing beverage or a fruit salad. They also have some beautiful lavender shortbread cookies and a line of soap bars and body products such as shampo, conditioner and body mists and sprays.  They also grow some other aromatherapeutic products such as rose germanium and lemongrass.

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I also got to walk around the town of Niagara-on-the-lake and seeing some beautiful flowers in bloom.  Enjoy!

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Niagara-on-the-lake is a beautiful little town, just over an hour away from Toronto.  It’s a great place to get away for the weekend and sample some local products.  The town is filled with wineries, flowers, orchards, and even a lavendar field.  This province is so much more beautiful than you think.  There are many local producers of unique products.  You just have to be willing to go out there and find them!

Until next time!

 

 

 

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