As fall approaches and we start to see the leaves changing, our days get a little darker, a little cooler and that rich dampness sets in. As Ontarians, our cravings change from light and bright peaches, tomatoes and BBQ, to heartier and richer carrots, squash and roasts.
Mushrooms, in all their shapes, sizes, colours, textures represent this exciting time of year. When out on an Autumn stroll, we feel incredibly lucky to find a puffball or a patch of shiitakes and we revel in our found treasure.
There is a mysticism around mushrooms – are they edible, poisonous, magical... Foraging mushrooms becomes a study and a lifestyle. People are protective over their patches and watch for them before someone finds them first.
Mycophagy is the act of consuming mushrooms and it dates back to ancient times. Edible mushroom species have been found in association with 13,000-year- old archaeological sites in Chile. The first reliable evidence of mushroom consumption dates to several hundred years BC in China. The Chinese value mushrooms for medicinal properties as well as for food. Ancient Romans and Greeks, particularly the upper classes, used mushrooms for culinary purposes. Food tasters were employed by Roman emperors to ensure that mushrooms were safe to eat.
We hope that you enjoy these early fall foods and the flavours of our forests.
As the seasons change, so do our menus. We’re always featuring a different theme or ingredient that highlights the moment. To celebrate Autumn, we’re featuring mushrooms found in our forests. View our current menu here.
A romantic location next to a waterfall, the natural serene and scenic ambience of Ancaster Mill paves the way for a perfect wedding.
Celebrate your local farmers on August 1st. Join us for a menu highlighting our Farm's produce - or recreate one of our favourite recipes at home!
We are thrilled to welcome you back for indoor and outdoor dining. We will be open Thursday and Friday for Dinner from 4 until 8, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 until 8. We can't wait to see you!
905 648 1828
Thursday: 4 pm - 8 pm
Friday - Sunday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Reservations recommended. Our restaurant hours may change, or we may be closed due to weddings/events.
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