Six Foodie Spots to Explore in Hastings County

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Hastings County is a great place for a foodie road trip! Explore Hastings’ culinary scene with these 6 must-stop spots for the avid foodie.

Cooney Farms – The Apple Store

If you’re looking for a place to pick up fresh local produce, homegrown beef, delicious cheeses, apples, plus fun country-themed giftware, be sure to make a stop at Cooney Farm’s Apple Store. The Cooney family has a rich history in farming in Hastings County dating back over 100 years, and has had their hand in every aspect of farming from milk and tomatoes to apples, wheat and home-grown beef. The Apple store is a great place to pick up local honey, maple syrup, and some homey kitchenware.

Kings Mill Cider

Located just down the road from Cooney Farms is one of the best craft cider producers in the region, Kings Mill Cider. This family-run craft cider producer has over 15 unique and delicious varieties of ciders including their Premium and Hopped ciders, plus flavourful selections like raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, and blueberry. Enjoy a flight on their covered patio overlooking the orchard, and be sure to indulge in a delicious made-to-order wood-fired pizza. For those looking for a little more orchard time, Kings Mill Cider also offers a luxury glamping experience, with 3 spacious yurts spread out among the budding apple trees. Each yurt is uniquely decorated, and each booking comes with a flight of ciders and wood-fired pizza, the perfect recipe for a peaceful night sleep in the middle of nature.

Ivanhoe Cheese

A must-stop for any cheese lover is Ivanhoe Cheese, Canada’s oldest cheese factory! Located just outside of Madoc, Ontario, Ivanhoe Cheese is part of Ontario’s largest dairy cooperative, Gay Lea Foods, and is known for their award-winning artisan cheddars, specialty cheeses, as well as kosher and halal options. They also have a cozy country store with a variety of jams, pickles, crackers and fun home decor and kitchen accessories.

Ontario Water Buffalo Company

No stop in Hastings County is complete without a stop at the Ontario Water Buffalo Company. Home to over 600 water buffalo, this 750-acre farm specializes in buffalo milk products including buffalo mozzarella, buffalo milk gelato and even buffalo milk soap! Guided tours of the farm are available upon request, which provide you insight into the inner workings of a buffalo farm, plus give you the chance to get up-close and personal with these gentle giants.

Hidden Goldmine Bakery

Photo Courtesy of Hidden Goldmine Bakery

What started out as a bakery in the back of a family home has turned into one of Madoc’s most cherished bakeries. Hidden Goldmine Bakery, located on Durham St. in downtown Madoc, is a grassroots bakery with some of the most delicious home-baking around. Their famous butter tarts are the main attraction, with different variations including pecan, raspberry, and coconut raspberry, and they also serve up delicious fruit pies, tarts and fresh-baked bread. For those dropping by during lunch hour, a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches are available to enjoy on their small covered patio, or for a bit on the go.

Picnic at O’Hara Mill Homestead

A great place to enjoy a picnic of local food is the O’Hara Mill Homestead, located a short drive off Highway 7. Roam the expansive grounds and explore original heritage buildings dating back to the mid-1800s including the sawmill, carriage-house and woodworking shop. Don’t miss the herb and vegetable gardens and learn about the use of plants and flowers over the years, for food and medicinal purposes. When you’ve worked up an appetite, settle in at one of the picnic tables dotting the lush grounds, for a tasty picnic of locally grown food.




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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)