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Dec 17, 2010 02:44 PM

baked goods or other good stuff near Bradford, Innisfil, Creemore, Alliston, Shelburne or Caledon?

A Chowhound recommended the butter tarts from the Inglewood General Store near Caledon in the butter tart thread.

Noticed there's a Portugalia Bakery and a Plaza Bakery in Bradford, but have never heard anything about either one.

Also noticed Rose's Bread Basket in Alliston, and Murphy's Farmstead:

Are there any other bakeries or shops that might be worth a stop?

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  1. This past summer I stopped quite a few times at the Spirit Tree Cidery on the way up north. It's on Boston Mills Road, which is off Hwy 10 at the bottom of the big hill on the way to Caledon. I went for the cider - they sell a few different types, and it's all very good, nice and dry. However, they also have a little store and cafe. Some baked goods (pies, maybe bread?), cheese and preserves I seem to remember. It's a lovely spot, well at least it was in the summer with everything nice and green.
    They were only open Wed-Sun, and the last time I was there (the sunday morning of thanksgiving) it was CRAZY busy. Glad to see they're doing well, but it's tough when one's little secrets get discovered!

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      1. re: phoenikia

        sgogo, thanks for recommending this place. I really liked the plain butter tart I tried, as well as the brownie and date square. The tart's crust was sturdy- not the flaky, buttery type. Some of the pecans in the pecan tart were a little rancid, but this seems to be happening a lot in Ontario lately. People, smell and taste your nuts before you bake! And store your nuts in the freezer if you're not using them right away, so they don't turn rancid.

        1. re: phoenikia

          Glad you liked it! I'll have to try their baked goods next time I'm in, instead of heading straight for the cider.

      2. re: sgogo

        Spirit Tree Cidery's breads are baked on site in a wood burning oven. They have quite a large assortment. They sell soft ciders as well as hard cider and cider "beer" that are made on site using the apples from their own orchard. Definitely worth a stop.

      3. The 100 Mile Store in Creemore has a selection of baked goods, and scrumptuous shortbread. Great store for, as the name suggests, locally made goods.

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        1. re: Mossman

          What do you think of Affairs Catering and Bakery in Creemore? I liked that they had a really seasonal selection when I went at Thanksgiving - pumpkin cookies, butter pumpkin tarts, some fall-themed decorated items, in addition to the expected butter tarts and pumpkin pie.

          1. re: julesrules

            If you like butter tarts, the Maid's Cottage in Newmarket makes the best butter tarts that I have EVER had!!!!

            The Maid's Cottage
            205 Main St S, Newmarket, ON L3Y3Y9, CA

            1. re: julesrules

              Where are these bakeries (100 Mile Store and Affairs) located in Creemore? I drove through Creemore twice yesterday, keeping my eyes open for bakeries/shops, but only saw the gas station, Coffee Time and arena. Didn't see any bakeries ;-)

              1. re: phoenikia

                Did you maybe miss the chi-chi strip with bookstore, brewery etc entirely... I know I have almost missed it when I came by way of the CoffeeTime... Sorry this is really imprecise, I just think of it as the main street and I'm not the driver! But I know it is possible to miss it, but if you've been there, you know - it's VERY gentrified.

                1. re: julesrules

                  Yep, I completely missed that strip, julesrules. I ddin't see anything that was gentrified, so I'm guessing we drove through part of Creemore, and missed Main Street (or whatever they call the chi-chi strip!) completely. LOL.

                  Will pay more attention next time I'm driving through Creemore!

                  1. re: phoenikia

                    Yeah I usually come inland from Wasaga and that way, we hit chi-chi Creemore with no effort. But last time we came on back roads from Toronto and almost missed it. IIRC you have to make a turn at the Coffee Time and it is not well-signed, in fact the sign for "Creemore" may point you down the wrong road to the arena. If I hadn't known what we were looking for from previous visits we also would have missed it, as it was we had to double back. So I suggest you mapquest next time just to be sure.

          2. Absolutely can recommend the Bank Cafe in Creemore. Just on the Main Street across from the 100 Mile Store. Had an excellent breakfast there the other day and the baked goods looked amazing!

            Main Street Cafe
            1626 Stittsville Main, Stittsville, ON K2S1A2, CA

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            1. re: Otonabee

              I have fond memories of the butter tarts at the bakery in Erin. which is a hop, skip and a jump from Caledon/Inglewood. I can't think of the name of it, but it's right on the main street. It might be a tea room or cafe/bakery. Their butter tarts were ooey-gooey goodness. A friend of mine mentioned that as of a few years ago at least, it was still there and thriving, so chances are good it's still around today.

            2. there are excellent homemade pies at the Rosemont General Store - that is on 89 halfway between Alliston and Shelburne