Herma’s News – Getting Ready for Thanksgiving, Cozy Food for Fall

May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong. – Geswanouth Slahoot (Chief Dan George)

Dear Customers,

There are few meals each year that call for us to put our best food forward. A meal that hearkens us back to days when hours of preparation and special care would be put into special sit-down dinners.

Meals such as these, with loved ones sitting around the table, are what memories are made of – the best kind of memories! At Herma’s we look forward to being of assistance as you plan this extra-special meal.

The Village Grocer Turkeys – The best you can buy!

photo by the Village Grocer

Evan from the Village Grocer says he has the best turkeys you can buy and we have to agree. Evan gets his amazing turkeys from a small family operation in Alma, Ontario. Five years ago, when he found the family that provides him his turkeys, he insisted that the turkeys be treated a specific way.

1. The turkeys must be fed a specific mix of grains for their entire life to ensure hens become plump,  naturally, without force feeding.
2.  The turkeys must be free-range.

3. The turkeys must be gently defeathered, which may leave the odd feather on the bird, but will certainly  ensure flavor.

Pick up Friday, October 6th

Ordering Information


Turkeys, fresh free range, will be around 14-22 lb this Thanksgiving season!

small = 14+ pounds, medium = 18+ pounds, large = 20+ pounds


small = 7+ pounds, medium = 9 pounds, large = 10+ pounds

Award-Winning Maple Sugar Hams

Other foods available to order…Gravy, Cranberries and Stuffing all made according to Evan’s grandmother’s recipes from when The Village Grocer first got its start.

Call 905-885-9250 or stop by front desk to place order.

We have the turkey tools you need…

photo by Prepara

Be sure to pick up whatever tools you might need for Turkey preparation.

Roasting Set – Flavor Injector – Roasting Bags – Natural Turkey Stuffing Bags – Turkey Lifters – Basting Brush Set – Roasting Laurel (silicone)

And for mashed potatoes there’s no better tool than…

Dreamfarm’s Smood

Effortlessly creates smooth and fluffy mash in seconds by trapping food and forcing it through the thin gaps between the collapsing nylon spring coils.

photo by Dreamfarm

Just Arrived…

Mrs. Bridges

Preserves, Marmalades and Chutneys

photo by Mrs Bridges

This beautiful line of products is inspired by Mrs. Bridges, or Kate, to those who knew her, a head cook to one of the leading Edwardian families, and London socialites, Lady and Richard Bellamy.

In 1905 Mrs. Bridges created her own cook book and in the 1970’s she was immortalized in the series, Upstairs Downstairs.

Mrs. Bridge’s chutneys, marmalades and preserves that we know today are inspired by those Mrs. Bridges would create downstairs on the Bellamy estate. We hope you might enjoy the quality, luxury and indulgence of Mrs. Bridges at Herma’s.

Ginger Preserve with Malt Whisky – Fig Preserve – Chutney for Cheese – Celebration Marmalade – Pear, Apple & Ginger ChutneyBeetroot & Orange Chutney – Ploughman’s Chutney – Morello Cherry Preserve – Mango Chutney with Lime & Ginger – Caramelized Onion & Garlic Chutney – Piccalilli

Baking Cheese – Cozy for Autumn!

photo by Emile Henry

Emile Henry’s Cheese Baker is designed expressly for the purpose of baking and serving warm, melted, stretchy cheese. Top your cheese of choice with whatever you can dream up for something special and cozy at home. This dish allows you to carry your bubbling concoction right to the table. As you lift the lid with a flourish your dinner companions will swoon.

We also carry brie knives necessary for spreading cheese on baguette, crostini and Raincoast Crisps.

Emile Henry’s Favorite Brie Baking Recipes

photo by Emile Henry

For Emile Henry’s favorite cheese baking recipes go to the blog section of our website or click on the link below.

Emile Henry Baked Cheese Recipes – Cozy for fall! – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

We think Creel & Gambrel’s Smoke House Bacon (crumbled), Dried Cranberries and Salt Spring Kitchen Co.’s Apricot & Pink Peppercorn Fruit Spread would be a lovely combination baked on top of brie this Thanksgiving.

Also try…Gourmet du Village Baked Brie Skillet Kits

Fig & Pistachio and Pecan & Brown Sugar

Herma’s Cheese Shop

We carry an amazing selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie that will be perfect for your cheese and charcuterie platter this Thanksgiving. Let Janis aid you in your selection as she shares with you her vast knowledge and expert advice.

Cheese Condiments add special flavour to your feast that will make it uniquely yours. Bask in the vast selection we have to offer.

Flavours we enjoy…

Pear, Date & Cognac Chutney – Spiced Tomato & Vodka Chutney – Black Cherry Confit – Cherry Merlot Wine Jam – French Onion Jam


Prosciutto and Fennel Salami may be sliced in our Cheese Shop by Janis or Herma. Ask to have yours sliced to your liking.

Hostess Gifts

We believe the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving Day is our wrapped gift certificate – for the cook that has everything.

We look forward to seeing more of you as you prepare for your Thanksgiving Feast. Have a wonderful weekend!

Stay safe and be well.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts