Walking into J’Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate in downtown Barrie, you’ll feel as though you’ve teleported to a quaint shop in Paris, where the proprietaire passionately divulges how and where the local variety of decadent cheeses and chocolates are crafted. This love of all things local (and high quality products), from handcrafted cheeseboards to Ontario grown peanuts, makes perusing J’Adore’s savory offerings and confections a truly unique experience.
In addition to co-owner Jessi Rae Fournier’s commitment to purveying sustainable, local products, she considers the business’ ecological footprint in all of her purchasing decisions. This means the use of only biodegradable containers and cups as well as fair trade, shade-grown coffee and biodynamic teas. You’ll see signage throughout the shop thanking patrons for supporting the company’s environmental efforts. If that wasn’t enough, customers can now support not only local efforts, but the lands that produce the chocolate and coffee beans we love so much.
This holiday, when looking for a gift for your loved one or co-worker you can purchase tea from J’Adore’s Teas for Trees program. J’Adore has partnered with Simcoe County-based EarthTreks, a sustainable travel provider specializing in eco-adventure tours throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos. Money raised from the sale of tea will support the development of educational signage for a reforestation project at Refugio Mindo Environmental Innovation Centre, Ecuador. Here, former pasture land is being transformed into a cloud forest reserve for future academic research, education and ecotourism activities. With 8,000 trees planted to date, the Arboretum will provide a significant corridor for birds and other wildlife contributing greatly to biodiversity in the region.
At a time when we’re inundated with big-box Black Friday and holiday sales, why not opt for purchasing presents with a purpose? Supporting local businesses and artisans does them and our local economy good. Add to that aiding our dwindling rainforests and bird populations — now that’s a carol worth singing about.
At family-owned J’Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate, run by sisters Jessi Rae Fournier and Bekki Martin, you’ll find over 100 varieties of cheese including Mountain Oak Cheese from New Hamburg, Ontario. Local chocolates include gluten-free delights from Stayner as well as J’Adore’s own chocolatier’s creations handcrafted on site.
Be sure to visit J’Adore this holiday to purchase your gift of Teas for Trees.