Give the gift of Algoma! The products listed below are perfect for any occasion and anyone: family, friends, coworkers or the boss, business events (think guest speakers), birthdays, Christmas and Secret Santa games, anniversaries, weddings (think bridal party gifts, gift for the bride, gift for the groom), graduations, souvenirs, or just because.
1. Wild Blueberry Products: Algoma Highlands Wild Blueberry Farm
If you're from Northern Ontario, you know that wild blueberries are so much more delicious than cultivated blueberries. Instead of waiting for the summer roadside stands, or sharing a blueberry patch with a hungry black bear, you can enjoy scrumptious wild blueberry products now. Algoma Highlands Wild Blueberry Farm in Wawa sells delicious home-grown products straight from the fields of their farm. I purchased the wild blueberry jam and I love how simple the ingredients are: wild blueberries and cane sugar. The jam is great on toast, with bagels and cream cheese or if you want to get fancy serve it on top of brie with crackers.
Products: Wild Blueberry Jam, BBQ Sauce, Syrup
Buy in Person: You can also purchase year round at: Mill Market (at Mountain Maple Products booth), Voyageur's Lodge & Cookhouse, Young's General Store (Wawa), Wawa Beachfront Baitshop, La Maison Verte (Hearst), Walsh's Esso (White River). For seasonal purchases see the list at algomahighlands.com (I purchased at the Agawa Bay Visitor Centre at Lake Superior Provincial Park).
Buy Online: On their website through PayPal by the case only. Call for shipping information
Give the Gift: Wooden Gift Boxes (2 jam, 1 BBQ sauce, 1 syrup) are available for purchase
What to Watch For: tours and a roadside stall in the future
Cool Facts about Wild Blueberries:
- Wild blueberries contain more powerful antioxidants than cultivated blueberries
- Wild blueberries hold up better in baking and freeze well
2. Loon Vodka: Rheault Distillery
This artisan distillery in Hearst owned and operated by the Rheault family handcrafts small batches of spirits. The award-winning Loon Vodka is clear, smooth and velvety. The Rheault Distillery is one of only five micro-distilleries in Ontario and its vodka process is quite interesting. The vodka itself goes through a 4 times distilled process; a traditional Russian-inspired "alpha vodka". The label represents true Northern Ontario designed by Aboriginal Artist Stephen Peltonen. This is a must purchase for anyone looking to buy a locally produced spirit for their connoisseur.
Products: vodka, whiskey and liqueurs
Buy in Person: LCBO stores in Ontario
Buy Online: purchase on the Rheault Distillery website
Other Services Offered: find free mixed drink recipes using their 3 products on their website
3. Alpaca Wool Products: Meadowview Alpaca Farm
If you've never seen an alpaca up close, they are quiet, gentle and calm. Alpacas definitely bring a sense of tranquility. Meadowview Alpaca Farm in Bruce Mines not only raises alpacas but sells high quality products made from alpaca fibre. Farm tours can be booked if you would like to meet their alpaca herd.
Products: Yarn, clothing, bedding, toys, roving and quilt batts
Buy in Person: Mill Market and at on-site at the farm store; visit the website for event announcement and more locations.
Buy Online: phone orders can be placed. Contact Meadowview Alpaca Farm for more information as well as shipping questions.
Facts About Alpacas and Their Fibre:
- Alpaca fibre is soft, durable and luxurious. It's known for its warmth, it's hypo-allergenic and also naturally water repellent.
- Did you know alpacas hum?
4. Quality Hand-tied Flies
Algoma is one of the top places to fly fish in Ontario. We have the species fly fishers are looking for: steelhead, brook trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. There are many bodies of water to fish (remote lakes, rivers and the St. Marys rapids) and fishing trips that are affordable and unique (drive-in, fly-in and train-in fishing trips). Our local fly fishing experts know the best flies to use to target the species in our region -- and they make them. Visit one of the three shops below in person or online, who will help you fill your fly box.
Products: hand-tied flies for local fisheries, fly tying materials, fly rods/reels/lines.
Buy in Person: located near the Spanish River
Other Services Offered: fly-tying instruction, guide services available
5. Maple Syrup Products: Mountain Maple Products
St. Joseph Island is home to the best maple syrup in Ontario. That's a statement that we believe is true and are proud to make. There are approximately 30 producers on the Island. Mountain Maple Products are delicious — I've enjoyed their syrup on many waffles and pancakes and their maple candies are a great treat. The owners take great pride in their in maple syrup products and sell across Ontario. Read the Mountain Maple Story here
Products: Maple Syrup, Candy, Butter, Maple Infused Beef Jerky, BBQ Sauce, Maple Sugar
Buy in Person: Mill Market; visit www.mountainmapleproducts.ca for a complete where to buy list
Buy Online: Purchase syrup/candy/butter online at their website; shipping across Ontario/Canada/international
Cooking With Maple Syrup: visit their website for free delicious maple syrup recipes
6. Strawberry jam
Open during picking season, Thomson's Strawberry Farm has been providing families with fresh strawberries for nearly 40 years. Now, you can purchase Thomson's strawberry jam and fruit products any time of year.
Buy in Person: Pino's Grocery Store, Rome's Grocery Store, Mill Market
Buy Online: thomsonstrawberryfarm.com
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