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 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.
“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.”
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.”
-> 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
RIBBER'S ROW INCLUDES...
• Fat Boys
• Boss Hogs BBQ
• Jack the Ribber
• Smokehouse Bandits
• Ontario Corn Roasters
• Summer Fun Funnel Cake
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
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.
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.
“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.”
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
Grandmas Heritage Plants
Kendal Hill Game Farm
Martins Fruit and Vegetable Farm
Riel Acres Farm
Small Spade Inc.
The Back 40
The Farm on Argyle
The Manor Farm
Field Sparrow Farms
G. Fenton Farms
Leahy Stock Farm
Linlor Farm & Forest
Carolina's Colombia Coffee
A1 Gluten Free Gals
Belly of the Beast Craft Kombucha
Doo Doo's Bakery
Finest Gourmet Fudge
Fresh Urban Plate
La Mesita Restaurante
Two Dishes Cookshop
Feather & Stone
Reddick Studio Porcelain
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.
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.
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
• 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.
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.
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.
“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.
If you love Southern-style food like pulled pork, brisket and ribs, you must try Muddy's Pit BBQ in Keene near Peterborough.
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.
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.
And yes, it's worth the drive to beautiful Keene.
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.
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.
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.
[UPDATE, May 6th]: Here are pictures of the bike and the design...