TORONTO — George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts has developed a new line of gourmet fruit butters in partnership with Mill Pond Cannery & Preserves Company, a new manufacturer located in Prince Edward County, Ont.
Mill Pond’s philosophy is based on the belief that foods made from local, seasonal ingredients grown in Ontario make for the tastiest, best-quality product.
On its website, its mission statement reads, “Although it is an over-used term, our products truly embody the notion of ‘slocal’s food — all of our products include exclusively Canadian and Ontario-grown produce, such as luscious pears, peaches, plums and apples, tart ruby-red cranberries and golden honey from Ontario apiaries.
“We believe there is too much refined sugar in our diets, so our products don’t contain any refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. We believe that the skins of most fruits should be eaten, so our products contain not just the pulp of the fruit, but also the skins. We don’st believe in adding pectin, which is typically used to accelerate the cooking and thickening process…our products are cooked slowly and result in a naturally thick and creamy fruit butter.”
The fruit butters made at GBC use 100-per-cent Ontario-sourced fruits and they’re currently being sold in eight retails stores in Toronto, including McEwan Fine Foods — the upscale supermarket owned and operated by renowned chef Mark McEwan — and Fiesta Farms.
For more info, visit millpondcannery.com.