From February 1st to 7th, poutine is the star at the St-Albert Coop! During Poutine Week, celebrate your love of this typically Canadian dish by taking advantage of our specials on poutines. Regular sizes are all only $5, no matter what flavour your choose.
We also take advantage of this occasion to highlight a flavour specially created for Poutine Week, the Quack Quack poutine. It is being added to our traditional poutines, which are all just as delicious: classic, St-Albert, vegetarian, bacon, Italian, smoked meat and hot dog.
Poutine Week is a celebrated event in several restaurants in Canada and even abroad. Each participating Chef has to create a creative poutine that will be served specially for the event. Clients are invited to vote for their favourite poutine.
Since the St-Albert Cheese Coop 5-year cheddar has won the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, interest has sky rocketed and demand for this delicious cheddar has literally exploded.
As you probably already know, the honour winning 5-year cheddar is the one that we managed to save from the fire that completely destroyed our plant on February 3, 2013. It was part of the inventory that we were able to recuperate thanks to the firewall in our warehouse.
But then, in the last two years, we have seen our stocks melt like snow in the sun and we are almost at the end of this small reserve. That’s why, as of today, the 5-year cheddar will no longer be available anywhere but at the St-Albert Coop Boutique and even this stock will be exhausted shortly after the holidays.
Why? The rebuilding period has created a two-year break in the production of our cheddar. St-Albert 5-year cheddar is aged…5 years! The good news is that production has been restarted since our re-opening two years ago and new stocks are being created. St-Albert has always been committed to offering only the best and pure to its customers; consequently, we will have to wait another 3 years before being able to savour the next piece of award-winning cheddar.
We thank you for your patience and hope that you will be as excited as we are that it will be back on the shelves.
In the meantime, we wish you happy holidays and hope that you will take advantage of them by coming to the Coop to get some of our last bricks of 5-year cheddar.
The Canadian community celebrates Coop Week from October 16 to 22.
It is incredible to think, that here, in a French rural Ontario village, one of the first Canadian Coop was born. It is in 1894, a year before the foundation of the International Cooperative Alliance and six years before the foundation of the first “Caisse populaire” by Alphonse Desjardins, that a group of visionary farm operators, convinced and determined, had the courage to create the St-Albert Cheese Coop in our beautiful Eastern Ontario francophone village.
If today St-Albert Cheese has become the jewel of a whole region, it is thanks to these men and women who had the genius to adopt a cooperative formula. They quickly understood that unity creates strength. Their audacity resulted in the creation of a collective and inalienable undertaking, serving its members and the whole community. By working together they succeeded in building a business based on solidarity, mutual aid, democracy, responsibility and altruism. These are the fundamental principles that will serve in the creation of thousands of Canadian cooperatives in the following century.
Today, in an environment more and more difficult and competitive, the present members honour the courage and determination of their ancestors by being daring and visionary in the development of their coop while remaining loyal to the values and cooperative principles. This visibly bears fruit. International studies show that coops like ours have a more elevated perenniality than private businesses and can more easily get through a crisis. It is not surprising that St-Albert Coop has existed for 122 years and that it has succeeded in surmounting the greatest periods of Canadian history: 2 world wars, recessions, without mentioning the terrible 2013 fire that completely decimated its plant.
Thanks to its experiences, St-Albert Coop is stronger than ever and is ready to welcome a new generation of farm operators amidst its ranks, young people that also believe that a cooperating model is synonym to success and future.
Happy Coop Week!
A pleasant day begins with a good breakfast. It’s been proven that people that eat breakfast can more easily concentrate on their daily tasks, whether it is at work, at home or at school. St-Albert Cheese is now there to help you start your day on the right foot with our delicious breakfasts served every day.
From Thursday to Sunday, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m., a choice of delicious breakfasts are served with hot coffee, for only $6.99.
Whether you come only to sip your coffee or you choose the poutine breakfast, curd and maple crepes or even the fresh fruits and cheese platter, you will not be disappointed…and neither will your stomach! All our plates are made with fresh and 100% pure ingredients. With fresh maple syrup, tasty cheeses, fresh fruits, hand cut potatoes, freshly ground coffee, what more could you ask for?
Can’t wait to see you early at St-Albert Cheese!
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For all the details, visit www.festivaldelacurd.ca/?lang=en
Hours of operation during the Curd Festival :
Who wouldn’t want to chance to win a month’s worth supply of St-Albert Curds.
We are pleased to present our latest cheese creation, a Borgonzola cheese. You will find this cheese in the center bottom part of your cheese plate. You can be the first to taste it today at the Curd fest’s Wine and Cheese!
This triple cream cheese, split in half with a touch of blue, is made with pasteurized milk. This cheese is a cross between a rich triple cream cheese and a very delicate blue cheese. This cheese is perfect for those amongst you that may have shied away from blue cheese in the past, as its creamy texture and perfect balance will certainly delight. Nos we need your help! The cheese doesn’t have a proper name yet, so we would ask all of you to participate in our naming contest! The winner will receive a month’s worth of free cheese!
We hope that many of you will send in your naming ideas either in person at our wine and cheese or on Facebook!
Every Sunday from 11am until 4pm, come encourage our local producers and artisans. Selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to unique artisanal creations. Over 20 producers in all and all of this up until October 16.
SLEEPY SHEPHERD FARM
Vendor: Yvonne Seeley
- Homemade perogies
- Icelandic lamb
- Turkey, duck, goose
- Icelandic wool
- Quail egg
Vendor: Louise Doran-Langenauer
- Recycled tractor and bicycle inner tubes, made into jewelry and accessories
- Recycle t-shirts into infinity scarves
- Handcrochet items
Vendor: Catherine Ten Den
- Belgian chocolates
- Designer cupcakes
- Sweet breads and squares
- Fabric bowls
CREATIONS GHISLAINE DESCOTES
Vendor: Ghislaine Descotes
- Handmade jewelry with freshwater pearls , Swarovski crystals, stones , necklaces , earrings , bracelets, key rings
- Scrapbooking cards and notepads
Vendor: David Larmour
- Amish bread (plain, rhubarb, pumpkin)
- 28 Varieties of jams
LAMBROSE QUALITY PRODUCTS
Vendors: Karen and Robin Andrew
- Extra virgin olive oil from our family olive grove in Kalamata, Greece
- Greek spices
TRILLIUM MEADOWS RED DEER & WILD BOAR
Vendor: Marianne Lindenmann
- Red deer and wild boar meats (sausages, pepperets, jerky, bacon, chili, burgers)
- Deer antlers for dogs
- Wooden hand-made decorations such as mushrooms, planters and candle holders
GARLAND SUGAR SHACK
Vendors: Ivan & Jocelyne Garland
- Maple products (syrup, butter, jelly, sugar, candies, popcorn, cones, tarts, cotton candy)
AVONMORE BERRY FARM
Vendors: David & Pamela Phillips
- Fresh fruits (strawberries, raspberries, apples, tomatos, rhubarb)
- Vegetables (asparagus, onions, wild garlic, peas, potatoes, carrots, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, garlic, corn, Brussel sprouts, squash, peppers)
- Tarts, cookies, jams, and cut flowers
Vendor: Estelle Forget
- Handmade candles with holders
- Diffusers encense
Vendor: Marc & Kate Jambel
- Jamaican foods (waffles, quiche, jerk sauce, patties)
WILD ROSE ORGANIC FARM
Vendor: Diana Freeman
- Organic seasonal produce, fruits, fresh and dry herbs, cut flowers, homemade soap
HERBAL REAPING BY NMF
Vendor: Nathalie Tremblay
- Natural, handcrafted skin care products (soaps, creams, makeup)
- Aromatherapy products
- Herbal teas
BLUE SHOES HONEY
Vendor: Brian Lacey
- Raw honey
- Liquid honey
- Buckwheat honey
POPPA BEAN COFFEE ROASTERY
Vendor: Paul Foster
- Local, roasted, whole bean specialty coffee
Start your weekends on the right foot by having breakfast at the St-Albert Cheese Co-op. Saturdays and Sundays, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., a delicious choice of breakfasts will be served, accompanied by a hot coffee for only $6.99. Whether you choose the poutine-breakfast, cheese curds and maple crepes or even the fresh fruits and cheeses plates, neither you…. nor your stomach will be disappointed.
It’s a date!
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Our long-time friend Albertine, who had emigrated to Ottawa to adorn the rooftop at Cheddar Et Cetera, is looking for a new home. On May 1st, Cheddar Et Cetera will be closing its doors and our mascot, well-loved by Franco-Ontarians, represents what we hold most precious will be in need of a home. Having grown from her experience with the City of Ottawa Municipal Council, she would like to regain her independence yet live in an area that is dear to her heart. This is why she would like to find a family here in town to adopt her.
Do you think you would be a good prospect as adoptive mother or father for our mascot? St-Albert Cheese would be happy to give you a chance to adopt our beloved Albertine and bring her home!
This contest is open to all, be it individuals, an organization or a company. What you need to do: take a picture of yourself with one of our fiberglass Albertines (selfie) and post it in the section created for the contest on the St-Albert Cheese Facebook page: Fromagerie St-Albert Co-op Inc. (Officiel/Official).
Please note that Albertine, weighing in at 100 lbs, 8’ tall, 11.5’ long and 3’ wide, is not a feather weight; she is a life-size representation of a 1500 lbs cow! This means that she will require a certain amount a space at her new home.
St-Albert Cheese will provide transportation to her new home.
Please note that we are also planning a good-bye ceremony on the day she leaves for her new home.
Good luck to all participants!