The Lakefield-based sourdough bakery Hard Winter Bread Company has announced it will now be adding delicious Montreal-style bagels to their market tables this spring.
The company—which is run by couple Graham Thoem and Jessica Arsenault—prides itself on creating simple, healthy foods using quality ingredients. They will be baking the fresh bagels on-site at markets in the Kawarthas in their new custom built, mobile wood-fired oven.
“Our time living in Montreal is when we understood the makings of a perfect bagel," says co-owner Graham Thoem. “They need to be handmade, and they must be wood-fired. When it comes to the texture, flavour and authenticity, a live wood fire is the secret to a truly Montreal-style bagel.”
Co-owner Jessica Arsenault adds that the expansion will be part production, part performance. "Customers will find us rolling, boiling and baking bagels right on site at markets," she says.
For the expansion into mobile production, the couple enlisted the help of world-renowned mason and oven-builder, Alex Chernov, from Stovemaster in Orangeville.
Beginning Saturday, May 13th, customers can find Hard Winter Bagels at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market until October. They will also be available at the weekly Lakefield Farmers’ Market.