Experience a taste of place right here in Oro-Medonte with gourmet cheeses, farm fresh honey, craft beverages and much more. Supporting fine local producers right here in our neighborhood has never been easier, with an impressive and growing collection of local businesses.
Avoid the big box stores and choose handmade products that help reduce our carbon footprint and boost the local economy. Your shopping list is about to expand! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
All-Natural Body Care
Grizzly Naturals Beard Co. is a new business based in Sugarbush offering beard care products that use top-notch, all-natural ingredients. Grizzly Naturals Beard Co. began out of a belief that what you put on your body matters. They use 100% pure essential oils and no fillers or chemicals in their premium beard balms, beard oils and beard butter and beard and body bars. Visit their website to learn more about their products.
Organic Body Shop offers locally made soaps, lotions, candles and more. Their essential oil-infused products take a natural approach to healthy skincare. Their remedy products are excellent for sensitive skin. Shop online at the Organic Body Shop website.
Did you know that European-style fine cheeses are made right here in Oro-Medonte? Say Cheese produces authentic, traditional, European cheeses made with fine sheep’s milk. The Sloeserwij family, who runs the business, attributes the complex, characteristic flavours in their cheese to the milk that is sourced from several farms located in Simcoe County and Kawartha Lakes. Say Cheese’s signature Vasey cheese comes in various flavours including jalapeno, dill & garlic and greek herbs. Other cheeses along with meats, jams, and other items are found at various markets and shops and on the Say Cheese website.
Farm Fresh Honey
This just in… local seasonal honey is now for sale!
McCutcheon’s Apiary (the same folks that produce McCutcheon’s fine maple syrup) now has small batches of wild blossom honey available for sale at their farm gate location. Beamish Honey based in Horseshoe Valley offers premium craft unfiltered raw honey at their location and at Dwellings retail store in Craighurst.
If you haven’t yet tried handmade Belgian truffles and chocolates, you are missing out on something special! Oro-Medonte’s finest chocolatier creates small batch gourmet chocolates and candy creations that are perfect for a gift or a special treat for yourself.
Visit the new Chelsea Chocolates retail location at the main four corners in Craighurst to get ready-made chocolates or place custom orders. Look out for exciting flavour collaborations with various local producers. New novelty items are coming out all the time!
Sweet Maple Syrup
Oro-Medonte is one of the sweetestest townships around. Tasty and healthy (yes, you read that right!) maple syrup is produced at a collection of farms in the township and sold year round (based on availability). Check out high-quality maple syrup products from Elsie’s Creek Farm, Hutchinson Maple Syrup (ask about their maple butter and jams too), McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup, McNiven Farms, Shaw’s Maple Syrup & Catering, Sugar Sweet Farms and Steamy Kettle Sugar Bush.
Craft Cider, Wine & Beer
At Quayle’s Brewery, expert brew-masters are creating premium craft brews including IPA’s, lagers, pilsners, sours, porter and more, ensuring that there is a drink to suit any person’s tastes. Sample a local brew in the spacious new outdoor beer garden, order from Quayle’s seasonal food menu or take home some cans to go! On site, you’ll take in the relaxing scenery of a world class hop yard set amid the rolling hills of Oro-Medonte on Line 12. At Quayle’s Brewery you’ll get a true farm-to-glass experience while supporting local.
Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery features premium wine and cider on an inviting outdoor patio. Enjoy a Wine and Cider Tour (be sure to book ahead) and learn about the history and story of their locally grown, harvested and fermented apples and grapes. Or, swing by and do a tasting of their Heirloom Apple Cider, Vidal Blanc, Sparkling Apple Wine and more. Heritage Estates collection of craft ciders and wines are produced and available for purchase right here in Oro-Medonte.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Markets
Oro-Medonte Farmer’s Market every Thursday starting at 2pm at the Oro Fairgrounds, check the Facebook Page for the Oro-Medonte Chamber for up-to-date hours. The market welcomes families and makes it easy and fun to support local farmers and purchase locally produced products. The market features locally grown produce and farm products, baked goods, preserves, fresh foods, crafters, and artisans. Since its grand opening in early July, it has been steadily adding new vendors and experiences for visitors. The market hopes to runs weekly until the end of September, so don’t miss out!
Support your local Oro-Medonte businesses, right here in your own backyard, shop local #OroMedonteStrong. For a list of producers and local shoppes in Oro-Medonte #MadeInSimcoeCounty visit Oro-Medonte’s Shopping page.
Plan ahead! Before heading out, check out the latest updates and guidelines from businesses and call ahead to book your next adventure.