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Farnham Fromage

Haggisboy May 1, 2010 02:03 PM

A couple of summers ago I had time on my hands on a beautiful day so I decided to go for a drive just to get off Montreal island. It was one of those moments of whimsy where I just figured I'd drive until something caught my eye.

Eventually nature called and I pulled off the nearest exit and drove to the closest town, which happened to be Farnham. There I discovered two little gems. One was this pataterie on the main drag that looked like it was stuck in a time warp from the 50s. Just a box with a walk up window where you placed your order, and a few picnic tables outside. Absolutely mondo fries and hot dogs done the proper Quebecois way. Vinegar in glass soft drink bottles with plastic sprinkle caps, salt either in packets or in refilled spice jars. Unfortunately I can't remember the name but you can't miss it as it's on the main drag.

The other gem was Fromagerie des Cantons. Located in a quirky yellow painted building resembling a small barn, this is the place where Zephyr cheese is made. I've only been able to find it once here in Montreal, and some of the more notable cheese shops here in town seem never to have heard of it.

At the Fromagerie des Cantons they'll sell it to you direct from their tiny postage stamp sized store located in the middle of the building. From there you can look through two windows. To your left is a window looking into their aging room, and to the right is a window letting you watch them make the cheese.

If you're looking for a nice drive this summer, I urge you to check this place out.

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