1. Donut Monster
Visit these doughnut and coffee shops (in Hamilton and Toronto) to indulge in classic and uniquely flavoured yeast-risen delights — think Powdered Concord Grape or Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Iced — or pick up their confections in other cafés in Hamilton and around the area.
2. Humble Bee
Dedicated to breeding bees for urban (and rural) environments, Humble Bee has apiaries all over, including the roofs featured in our second and third stops of this episode — the Cotton Factory (a converted industrial loft that’s home to a creative community) and the Mustard Seed. They also ship queen bees across Canada and offer beekeeping lessons.
3. The Mustard Seed
Passionate about local roots, the Mustard Seed promotes regional producers by carrying a wide range of goods from Hamilton and the surrounding area. At this member-owned co-operative, you can do a full grocery shop, finding everything from fresh produce, dairy and meats to preserves and bulk dry ingredients.
4. Murray’s Farm & Butcher Shoppe
This farm-owned butcher shop sells pasture-raised eggs and heritage pork, grass-fed beef and free-run chicken. You’ll also find fresh Guernsey milk, artisanal yogurt and butter, plus fresh vegetables from the farm.
5. Collective Arts Brewing
Year-round classics and seasonal brews are just part of what Collective Arts has to offer — it distills gins now too. Check out the collection, and you’ll find the labels all feature local artists’ work. Also, stay tuned for the many festivals the brewery is involved with, including hosting the Liquid Art Festival.
Napa Cabbage Slaw with Kimchi & Apple
Get creative by tossing shredded napa cabbage with finely chopped kimchi and sliced apple, then taste and season. Consider garnishes of sesame seeds and roasted peanuts.
Grilled Pork Rib Chops & Barbecued Striploins
Asado (from Argentina) and braai (South Africa) are both traditional events in which a variety of grilled meats are served to a big crowd. Essentially, this is the type of meal Devan and Trevor have prepared at Collective Arts by grilling up juicy pork rib chops, steaks and flavoured sausages.