Peterborough-Based Health Food Startup Chimp Treats Just Landed Deal With Loblaws

The cool Peterborough-based health food startup Chimp Treats will have its frozen fruit product “Nicecream” hit a wave of Loblaws locations across Ontario starting on September 5th.

Nicecream will hit shelves across select Loblaws stores including the GTA, Ottawa, London and Barrie, and the next wave of locations will be in Québec in Loblaws’ Provigo Le Marché stores. After that, Chimp Treats aims to continue adding new locations until they reach all Loblaws stores across Canada by May 2019.

 The team behind Chimp Treats: (left to right) Whitney, Brooke and Jillian.

The team behind Chimp Treats: (left to right) Whitney, Brooke and Jillian.

The announcement is the latest for a company that has had huge momentum since launching just one year ago on the market. They are one of the fastest growing natural food brands in Canada.

Founder and CEO, Brooke Hammer, 23, launched Nicecream in 2017 and has since expanded coast-to-coast with niche retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Healthy Planet.

While attending Trent University in Peterborough, Hammer developed an innovative manufacturing process that allowed her to create the fruit-only frozen dessert on a large-scale, commercial basis. Since entering the market, the entrepreneur has continued to reach new stores and locations along with growing her team.

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“It is an incredible time for innovative, start-up companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods  space,” says Hammer. “Companies like Loblaws are open to bringing in more innovative products by small brands to meet consumer demand.”

“Getting picked up by a national retailer like Loblaws is the ultimate milestone for any company in the consumer and packaged goods industry,” adds Rosalea Terry, Marketing Manager and Senior Innovation Specialist for the Innovation Cluster, where Chimp Treats is housed. “They are on their way to becoming a mainstream brand.”

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Here's the Food & Entertainment Lineup For 16th Annual Rotary Ribfest

The 16th Annual Ribfest runs Friday, July 13th to Sunday, July 15th at Millennium Park, and admission is free. 

“Of course there is lots of ribs and cold beer, but you’ll also find some interesting selections from our nine local restaurants—including some vegetarian options," says DBIA Executive Director Terry "Mr. Downtown" Guiel. "Rotary have also put together a solid lineup of musical talent to sit back and enjoy while you’re at Millennium Park with some quality food and drinks.”

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FESTIVAL HOURS

-> Friday, July 13: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-> Saturday, July 14: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-> Sunday, July 15: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
PARTICIPATING LOCAL RESTAURANTS


-> Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews
-> The Nutty Chocolatier
-> The BrickHouse Craft Burger Grill ‘n Bar
-> Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
-> Caribbean Sizzle
-> McThirsty’s Pint
-> La Hacienda
-> Silk Roots
-> The Silver Bean Café

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RIBBER'S ROW INCLUDES...

• Fat Boys
• Boss Hogs BBQ
• Jack the Ribber
• Smokehouse Bandits
• Ontario Corn Roasters
• Summer Fun Funnel Cake
 
ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, July 13:
• 11:45 am — Briannah Cotton
• 1:30 pm — Jaymes Claton Band
• 3:15 pm — Rick and Gailie
• 5:00 pm — The Wanted   
• 6:45 pm — Jagged
• 8:30 pm — The Weber Brothers
 
Saturday, July 14:
• 12:00 pm — Waters Edge Band
• 3:15 pm — Gunslingers
• 5:00 pm — Rye Street
• 6:45 pm — Out on Bail
• 8:30 pm — Dean James
 
Sunday, July 15:
• 12:00 pm — Tonya Bosch Band
• 1:45 pm — House Brand
• 3:30 pm — The Fog

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41 Vendors Are Already In New Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market With More To Come

The new Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will launch with a whopping 41 vendors on opening day this Saturday (June 9th) in downtown Peterborough at Citi Centre Courtyard (307 Aylmer Street), and more applications are still arriving.

The new Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will have familiar faces and a great mix of new farmers that have never before had an opportunity to sell their products in Peterborough.

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The Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will be partnering with Farm to Table Culinary Tours to produce a brand-new series of events bringing together market growers and vendors, Peterborough-area chefs and producers, and downtown businesses.

This pilot project will offer participants a unique opportunity to get to know growers/producers and explore the steps that take locally grown ingredients from the farm to the best kitchens in Peterborough.

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“We’ll be taking the freshest food you can possibly get and letting our finest culinary artists have a bit of fun,” says Farm to Table owner Donald Fraser. “It’s going to be a feast for the senses and an incredible opportunity to celebrate—and taste—the very best in our food community.”

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The opening day at the new Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will have yoga workshops and other pop-up surprise events throughout the day for people to enjoy. Seven hundred free parking spots are steps away from the new market.

Below is a list of the participating vendors throughout the summer, with more to come organizers say...

McLean Berry Farm
Ashburnham Farm Gaelic Garlic
Chick-a-biddy Acres
Circle Organic
Deep Roots
Grandmas Heritage Plants
Kendal Hill Game Farm
Martins Fruit and Vegetable Farm
Nautilus Farm
PineHaven Farm
Rhyzosphere
Riel Acres Farm
Small Spade Inc.
The Back 40
The Farm on Argyle
The Manor Farm
Warner Farm
Field Sparrow Farms
G. Fenton Farms
Leahy Stock Farm
Miller Farms
Hunnabees
Linlor Farm & Forest
OtonaBee Apiary
Carolina's Colombia Coffee
A1 Gluten Free Gals
Belly of the Beast Craft Kombucha
Chef Marshall
Curry Mantra
Doo Doo's Bakery
Elixir
Finest Gourmet Fudge
Fresh Urban Plate
KitCafe
La Mesita Restaurante
Leahy Baking
Two Dishes Cookshop
Nancy Sews
Feather & Stone
Reddick Studio Porcelain
Willow Bark

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Here Are The List Of Restaurants & Entertainment For Taste Of Downtown 2018

Taste of Downtown returns to Charlotte Street on Saturday, June 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy delicious cuisine from more than 28 local restaurants, enjoy a beverage in the beer and wine garden hosted by The Venue and Publican House, and take in some amazing live entertainment.

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There will be also be aerial entertainment from the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts, pop-up live art demonstrations from the Art School of Peterborough, a free Calico Critters-themed play area, face painting and a bouncy castle.

There will be great deals to be had as the businesses along Charlotte Street put on a giant sidewalk sale.

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Here Is The 2018 Restaurant Lineup for Taste of Downtown...

• DR J's BBQ & Brews
• Curry Village
• Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
• Village of Thai
• Brio Gusto
• Silk Roots Fusion Cuisine
• The Brickhouse Craft Burger Grill
• La Hacienda
• Cosmic Charlie's
• Jasmine Thai Cuisine
• The Turnbull Café
• Wild Wing
• Empress Gardens
• Tiny Greens
• Magic Rolling Pin
• Amusé Coffee Co
• Caribbean Sizzle
• Sweet Spirits
• La Mesita
• Karma’s Cafe
• McThirsty’s
• The Nutty Chocolatier
• Hunter County Cuisine
• Simply Delicious Bistro & Bakery
• Curry Mantra
• Dodrio Anime Cafe
• Hobart’s Steakhouse
• Hoshi Japanese/Korean Restaurant

For more info on all the events happening this Spring/Summer in the downtown, click here.

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Peterborough Startup Locavorest Offers Home Delivery Service For Local Produce

Locavorest, a delivery service that connects local food producers to consumers, is now launching home delivery services throughout the city of Peterborough.

Over the past year, Locavorest has provided food to more than 100 customers in the region with products from over 25 local producers, including Lunar Rhythms Organic Garden, Electric Juice Factory, Healey Falls Bison Farm, and Chick-a-biddy Acres.

 Happy customer with her order from Locavorest

Happy customer with her order from Locavorest

With home delivery, customers can pay a flat rate $7 fee to have a Locavorest employee deliver their order straight to their home.

Delivery is available within the City of Peterborough, with plans to expand throughout Peterborough County in late 2018. Customers can have their order delivered to their home on Fridays between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Locavorest co-founders Megan Boyles, Mark Kirton and Vinay Viswanathan

Locavorest co-founders Megan Boyles, Mark Kirton and Vinay Viswanathan

“By providing a home delivery service, we will be able to better provide consumers an efficient way of gaining local produce, without having to leave their home,” says Megan Boyles, Chief Executive Officer of Locavorest. “This service is also great for those that don’t have vehicles or general access to places like the farms or farmers markets.”

If Locavorest delivers when a customer won’t be home, they can simply leave a cooler and ice packs outside the residence so a Locavorest employee can drop the produce off.

For more info, visit their website here.

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Muddy's Pit BBQ Is A Must Eat Spot In Kawarthas

If you love Southern-style food like pulled pork, brisket and ribs, you must try Muddy's Pit BBQ in Keene near Peterborough.

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Picture via @MuddysPitBBQ

It's so delicious that a Search and Rescue Team out of Canadian Forces Base Trenton landed in a farmer's field shortly after Muddy's opened last season so they could grab food there.

 Trenton crew that landed near Muddy's April 13th, 2017. Picture via  @MuddysPitBBQ

Trenton crew that landed near Muddy's April 13th, 2017. Picture via @MuddysPitBBQ

Muddy's, which is located at 3247 County Rd. 2, has fired up the cookers for the 2018 season—it's 9th season in business—and open on April 4th.

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Picture via @MuddysPitBBQ

And yes, it's worth the drive to beautiful Keene.

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Picture via @MuddysPitBBQ

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Add Your Recipe To This Delicious New Community Cookbook Project

The Nourish Project—a local food-based collaborative that is part of a broader movement that seeks to give food more importance in our communities, our economy, and our everyday lives—has recently launched a neat  Community Cookbook project.

  Community Harvest dinner put on by Nourish Project

 Community Harvest dinner put on by Nourish Project

Since food can be an important and vital part of feeling a sense of belonging and connecting as a community, Nourish Project is asking Peterborough (and County) residents to submit a recipe that signifies belonging, such as a family recipe or a potluck favourite. 

As an example, Nourish Project posted here about the inspiration for one submitted recipe, "Italia's Petelli", that they sampled. 

 Sampling Italia's Petelli

Sampling Italia's Petelli

If you're interested in submitting a recipe to this cookbook project, you can submit to this online form or do so by email here. They ask that you include photos of either the final recipe, ingredients or and/or preparation.

Nourish Project will reach out to you (by phone, in person or email) about your submitted recipe and what belonging and your passion for food means to you. They will then create a "story" to attach to the recipe. 

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Nostalgic Peterborough Couple Launching Ice Cream & Popsicle Bicycle Pedal Parlor Co.

[UPDATE, May 6th]: Here are pictures of the bike and the design...

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 Niki AllDay prepping bike

Niki AllDay prepping bike

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Ever since Peterborough couple Niki Allday and Jesse Guerin first begin dating, they agreed that one day they would purchase an ice cream bicycle and bring back those amazing childhood memories of Dickie Dee ice cream.

"The sound of the bell is something I will never forget," Niki tells PTBOCanada of her childhood memories of the colourful modified tricyle with its fiberglass compartment full of frozen tasty treats. The couple purchased a vintage original Dickie Dee bike and are refinishing it, and the name of their business will be the Pedal Parlor Co.

 The bike Niki and Jesse purchased

The bike Niki and Jesse purchased

Niki and Jesse believe their locally owned and operated ice cream bicycle will bring a sense of nostalgia along with it—"a feeling of happiness, and memories of sunny summer days where the bells ring, and you run outside to catch the bicycle with your friends."

 Niki & Jesse

Niki & Jesse

"We are hoping to have some of the original flavours sold by Dickie Dee, including rockets and fudgsicles," Allday tells PTBOCanada.com, adding "we are also hoping to have a few dairy free, vegan and healthy options."

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Weather permitting, Pedal Parlor Co. will launch sometime in May on residential streets in town, but the bike will be "road ready" with its new design by April. Jesse will be doing most of the actual bike riding, while Niki will look after marketing and purchasing. If all goes well, more bikes will be added and they will eventually have a fleet.

The modern twist of being able to utilize social media will enable people to find out the location of the bike on Pedal Parlor's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. As well, the bike will be available to service birthday parties, picnics, weddings and other special occasions. For more info, email the couple here or visit their website where you can submit your favourite flavours.

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Amusé Coffee Co. Opens Pop Up Location In VentureNorth Building In Downtown

Local café Amusé Coffee Co., which opened its first location at 641 George St. in 2015, has now also opened a "pop up" location for its authentic Paris-inspired charm of fair trade organic whole bean coffee and baked goods in the main lobby of the VentureNorth Building in downtown Peterborough.

 Photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough

Photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough

Owner Lindsay Brock will be serving Amusé products on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the hopes of eventually being there more days.

“I’m so excited to be expanding into VentureNorth, they have so many exciting things happening in this building and I’m really happy to be connected to that,” says Brock. “We are currently here Mondays and Wednesdays for March, and hopefully on a more permanent basis thereafter.”

 Amusé founder Lindsay Brock at her second location (photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough)

Amusé founder Lindsay Brock at her second location (photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough)

Amusé Coffee Co., which sprung out of the FastStart Peterborough program for budding entrepreneurs, continues to serve Fair Trade Organic whole bean coffee, premium loose tea, and a range of baked goods and brunch options with a French-feel.

The VentureNorth Building is located at 270 George St. N.

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Watch: Documentary On Oral History Of Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is proud to have been a producers only market since their inception 20 years ago.

Starting in 1996, this market was formed by a group of local farmers looking to set up a new, producers only market that would help them grow their businesses, build community, and offer customers a mid-week downtown location for purchasing fresh seasonal produce, local meats, cheeses, flowers and other local goods.

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Shoppers can be sure they are buying local seasonal vegetables, flowers, meats, and cheeses from the farmers themselves, as well as wonderful baking, prepared lunches, crafts, coffee and drinks from the folks who made them.

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To learn more about the history of the market and how it has helped local farms and businesses, check out this new documentary from local filmmaker Brian Mitolo...

The market's 2017 season ends October 25th.

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