Herma’s News – Order Thanksgiving Foods, Bartending at Home, NEW Throws from Ireland

I wish I were a girl again, half savage, hardy and free…Why am I so changed? I’m sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills. – Emiley Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Dear Customers,

When it comes to making holiday celebrations and get-togethers special, every detail matters. Thanksgiving is one such holiday and is almost just two weeks away. We hope you’ll allow us to help with your preparations by providing you with amazing foods, table ware and that much needed kitchen tool.

Thanksgiving Turkey and Capon Orders

photo by OXO Good Grips


The Village Grocer, from whom we receive our turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods, receives their birds from a family-run farm in Ontario that allows their turkeys and roosters to run free, eating lots of healthy grains and corn along the way. They also use a gentle de-feathering process which allows for more flavour. They are given to us fresh with no artificial enhancements and are therefore moist and tender.

Turkeys ($4.69 lb) – Capon ($5.29 lb) – Gravy ($12.25) – Homemade Stuffing – Cranberry Sauce ($9.25) – Tourtiere ($19.99)

Last day to order is Tuesday, October 4th by 4 p.m.

Pick up time begins 9 a.m. Friday, October 7th and ends 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9th

We will be closed Thanksgiving Monday, October 10th.

Call 905-885-9250 or stop by to order!

Drinking in Style

Creating a beautiful feast and entertaining guests is about more than just providing delicious foods and setting a beautiful table. Lovely mixed drinks make guests feel special and your get-together memorable. We suggest using Ceder’s Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits from South Africa and Bittermilk’s Handcrafted Cocktail Mixers from Charlston, South Carolina.

photos by Ceder’s

Enjoy a sublime drinking experience by creating lovely, cold drinks with Ceder’s distilled non-alcoholic spirits, whose botanicals grown and found in South Africa – Juniper, Coriander, Chamomile, Rooibos, Cucumber, Ginger, Hibiscus and Rose – provide subtle complexity with each and every sip. At Herma’s choose amongst four different spirits that when mixed, shaken and strained with tonic water, juices and/or syrups will be a special treat to be enjoyed with friends or as a beautiful finish to the day.

At Herma’s find…

Classic Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Fresh and floral with notes of Juniper, Coriander, and Rooibos.

Crisp Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Light and refreshing with notes of Juniper, Cucumber, and Chamomile.

Wild Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Ginger, Clove and Rooibos spice up classic Juniper to create an aromatic, yet warm finish.

Pink Rose Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Rose and sweet hibiscus complement Juniper for a soft elevation of classic gin flavors.


For 16 Ceder Drink Recipes go to the blog section of hermas.ca or click on the link below.

Ceder’s Drink Recipes – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

Ceder’s Spirits are a great way for those that enjoy light mixed drinks with a splash of gin or vodka to also share their drinking experience with those who abstain from alcohol. 

photo by Bittermilk

At Herma’s find…


Gentian Root – Cinchona Bark – Burnt Sugar – Spices – Orange Peel go into this mixer. This concoction has been aged in Willett Bourbon Barrels to allow the flavors to come together and ramp up the intensity. It is super concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. Best with aged spirits like Rye. (Mentioned in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and Town & Country.)


This refreshing Collins is made with floral and citrus notes. Best with light spirits like Gin or Vodka. (This award-winning mixer has been mentioned in Food + Wine Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.)

photo by Bittermilk


They’ve revived this old classic by smoking honey over bourbon barrel staves. Bitter orange peel and lemon make for a slightly tart and smoky cocktail. Best with bourbon but may be swapped out for tequila to make a slightly smoky Honey Margarita. (This award-winning mixer has been mentioned in Real Simple, Southern Living and The Washington Post.)


Not your typical tonic, the award-winning No.5 combines lime and lemon juice with cinchona bark, the source of quinine for tonic. They peel fresh grapefruits and char the skins to help bring out bitter yet refreshing notes. Works well with any light spirit like Vodka.

Bittermilk Drink Recipes

For 17 innovative Bittermilk Cocktail Recipes that have been given names like Peacemaker and Swamp Angel, go to the blog section of hermas.ca or click on the link below.

Bittermilk’s Handcrafted Cocktail Mix Recipes – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

Just arrived!

Lambswool Throws from Ireland

Woven in the West of Ireland Since 1892

photo by Foxford

Hockey rink bleachers, bonfires, stargazing and the crisp winds of autumn by the lake are just around the corner. Enjoy yourself in style with beautiful Lambswool Foxford throws from Ireland.

Lambswool Fact: As with most wool and hair, the first shearing of sheep generally produces the finest and softest wool. This is referred to as lambswool and is typically shorn from lambs younger than seven months old.

The Cheese Shop

Two cheeses of special mention…

Langres is a French cow’s milk cheese that originates from Champagne-Ardennes, France. Due to the way it sits while aging, the cheese has a small concave dip on top. People from the area often pour bubbly into it allowing the cheese to soak up the sparkling flavour of Champagne. It pairs well with red wine from Burgundy, Marc de Bourgogne and Champagne.

Pecorino with Black Peppercorn from Sicily is a semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese dotted with black peppercorn that is robust, tangy and salty, with a peppery taste that bursts across your palate. While it makes a yummy table cheese, it also adds delicious complexity when shaved over pasta dishes, salads or fresh beans.  Try grating over polenta or atop risotto for a comforting dish.


These may be sliced to your liking.

Prosciutto – Pancetta – Fennel Salami – Porchetta

Ask Janis or Herma to have them sliced especially for you.

Other salami and meats may be found pre-packaged in our coolers.

Baked Brie – Cozy for fall!

photo by Saltspring Kitchen Co.

Baking and serving warm, melted brie topped with a creative combination of preserves, honey, slices of fruit and/or nuts would be a fabulous treat to enjoy at home. With a guaranteed “wow” effect, the brie, warm throughout and decadently creamy, may be spread on toasty baguette slices, crostini or crackers. We are particularly partial to Salt Spring Kitchen Co.’s Fruit Spreads.

Gourmet du Village’s Baked Brie Skillet Kit, Pecan & Brown Sugar, may be found in Herma’s Cheese Shop along with Baked Brie Topping Packages, Apricot & Jalapeno and Maple & Walnuts. We also carry Belle Marie Double Cream Brie whose round shape is perfect for the purpose of baked brie.

When baking set oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes while covered.

Taco’s Find

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Dreamfarm’s Smood and Brizzle

photo by Dreamfarm

Smood effortlessly creates smooth and fluffy mash in a flash by trapping food and forcing it through the springy thin gaps in its coils. Also mashes bananas, pumpkin, sweet potato, baby food and guacamole.

The Brizzle is an award-winning basting brush that bends to scoop 1 tablespoon and drizzles to baste. Great for cooking your turkey or capon this Thanksgiving.

We have other important tools for cooking large birds as well including…

Turkey Lifters – Thermometers – Roasting Laurel – Jumbo Roasting Bags – Injector – Roasting Set – Natural Turkey Stuffing Bags – Basting Brush Set – Carving Set

To make it easier on yourself, if you don’t have any of the above, be sure to pick them up during your next shopping trip to Herma’s.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you in coming days.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts