Local food connoisseurs who’ve been leaving town to satisfy their taste for the finer things needn’t look any futher than downtown Orangeville.
Formage fine cheeses and gourmet foods opened its door on Mill Street this summer, and according to Owner Christine Patton the store is already filling a void in the town’s food market.
“There was a need to have somewhere in the Hills of Headwaters and Dufferin Country that can promote local food,” she said. “T’m trying to find as as many local products that make sense with a cheese store.”
In additional to a variety of gourmet foods from area growers and producers, like breads, gluten-free meals, honey and soups created using cheese sold in the store. Fromage carries up to 60 different types of cheese from across Canada and around the world.
The shop’s line-up of unique cheeses can’t be found in traditional grocery stores, said Patton.
“If you see a cheese your’re not familiar with, let me offer you a piece to taste, ” said note.
Among the best sellers so far are maple smoked cheddar and red dragon cheese – a Welsh cheddar containing legrain mustard seeds and a Welsh ale.
“We also have double- and -triple Cream Bries that are too die for. Those sell quickly as well, she said. “I keeping adding more cheeses every week. I’m always looking, learning about and seeking out new cheeses and products.”
Those who are a bit hungrier when they visit the store can order up a grilled cheese sandwich made with a variety of Fromage’s products, such as a Quebec cheddar and bacon grilled cheese served with ketchup that’s made in house.
Patton is not stranger to the business of promoting local foods. She’s the former manager of the Orangeville Farmers’ Market and helped launch the Shelburne Framers’ Market.
She went to school for food security and agriculture, and once she decided to open a cheese store in Orangeville, she attended George Brown College to learn the time-honored European traditions of professional fromagers.
After finding the perfect location for the store on Mill Street, Fromage was born. And so far, Patton said her store has been warmly welcomed by the community.
“It’s been a real pleasure to see customers come in and find products that make them excited.” she said. “it’s amazing how many people had been travelling to Toronto to get their cheeses. I thought I was the only one.”
Going forward, Patton said she’s working to bring in a larger variety of cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk, along with more types of cheese from England to satisfy the ares’s large British population.
“We’ve already carrying four cheeses from England and I’ll be bringing in more for the holidays,” she said.
Written by Melanie Hennessey
Article from Dufferin Business Review 2014