Leeds Grenville Economic Development / 02 February 2016
If you haven’t been by lately to pick up their apples, famous sparkling ciders or baked pies and crumbles, your next visit will be a pleasant surprise. Owners Kim and Chris Hall have recently completed an extensive renovation of their 3,500-square-foot retail store and bakery at 2930 2nd Concession Road just outside Brockville in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.
It’s bigger and brighter. You’ll be amazed at the abundance of locally-grown food selections, like Kricklewood Farm sunflower oil, Brockberry salad dressing and local maple syrup and honey. “We continue to have many local products and enjoy working with the people around us,” says Chris. New are hormone and antibiotic free frozen meats from the region, a line of Village Kitchen meals to go and gluten-free baked products. They now have a fudge maker to make their own sweet treats and have introduced a line of six gourmet crab apple jellies.
The couple say their clientele is diversifying since the renovation. The open-concept showroom offers more artwork, unique jewellry, children’s knitted hats and sweaters, women’s fashions and scarves, purses and footwear product lines.
“A lot of people have told me it’s like we have a mini Merrickville all under one roof,” says Kim, referring to the unique downtown shopping mix in the Village of Merrickville.
“We try to carry products they don’t have in the big-box stores,” says Chris of their expanded showcase. Having an array of specialty items means they can also create attractive gift baskets for purchase.
Hall’s dates back to 1947 when Chris’s father and grandfather purchased the property. It started as a seasonal outlet for their produce and grew to be mainly wholesale in the 70s and 80s. It’s evolved today to be divided equally between retail, wholesale and market sales. “We’ve recognized we can’t have all of our apples in one basket, so this has prompted us to expand the retail business and our presence at 13 farmers’ markets within a 100-kilometre radius,” says Chris.
While new things have been added, the old favourites remain including picking your own apples from their 80-acre orchard. Hall’s is open every day all year long from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the exception of Sundays from January to March. Learn more about Hall’s by visiting their website.