Closed for the season.
1035 Koshlong Lake Road
Haliburton, Ontario
thelittletart at live dot ca
We are located just 8km south of Haliburton off of Gelert Road (That's only a ten minute drive from downtown!) or follow the Rail Trail.
Here at The Little Tart all of our baked goods are created from scratch and made by hand fresh daily the way home baking should be.
We take pride in everything we do from our baking to our friendly and courteous customer service. All of our recipes are tried and retried until they are our absolute best.
Visit us at The Little Tart and fall in love at first bite!
Making mouths water since 2009.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Winter Holiday Opening!

It's beginning to look a lot like... April???

It has been less than uneventful here this past while. Unless you care to hear about the garage clean-up, autumn closet purge and the trailor renovation happening out back? 

Didn't think so.

Maybe you'd like to hear about what happens when an out of shape baker takes on a "low impact" (low impact my sore fanny) high cardio workout? If I'm standing I don't want to try to sit down and if I'm sitting down I don't want to try to stand up. For the past three days anything I have dropped on the floor is still on the floor. Seriously, it feels like I tried to crack a bowling ball between my thighs. Ya, it's hilarious. Laugh it up chuckles.

But let's get to the good stuff! It's the first Saturday of December and we're counting down the days to our winter holiday opening! Last year we tried something a little different by opening Christmas eve and New Year's eve and it was wonderfully successful so we're going to do that again this year.

It's a fun tradition we've created because it gives us a chance to reconnect with you fine folks before the long winter break. 

So don't let the weather get you down. The way we see it, we don't have to shovel rain which I'm fine and dandy with right now and for at least the next few days. But of course we'd like to see a little snow for the holiday season and more than that we we hope we'll be seeing you. So... if you happen to be in, around or nearby the Haliburton Highlands over the holidays we hope you'll pop by even if it's just to say hello. 

We'd love to see you. 

Until then, be well and be happy and avoid anything that says "low impact". Seriously... it's a big fat lie! 


Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

It's hard to believe it's already three weeks into our off season.

We've been getting winter ready; wood splitting, lugging, stacking, yard cleaning (after splitting, lugging, stacking), etc., etc., etc..

We've been fortunate to have good weather. Summer finally arrived! It's raining today. Not so good for the kiddies tonight. I do recall, all those many, many, many (wait a minute - take away one many) years ago groaning about having to wear a coat or rain jacket over my costume. But, to quote Rush who quoted somebody else (I'm not Googling that)  "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." (Okay, I Googled it - 1849, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr). But let's face it, Rush said it best!

At the end of every year we have some leftover perishables that need to be used up so just when I think I'm out of the kitchen, I get pulled back in. (Hey, that's a great line! Someone should use that in a movie.) This year we had some apples left from our tree and some cream cheese. Now, we could have just eaten the apples and put the cream cheese on bagels but where's the fun in that?

The buns are home made as well from my own recipe. People often ask if we make bread. There's nothing like fresh baked bread and buns but they are so time consuming, unfortunately, it's not possible for the store.

So apple pie made sense and those are carrot cakes. Yep! That's where the cream cheese is going. Nothing but good old fashioned healthy baking here! Anyone know of a good cardiologist? (Just kidding - not really.)

Anyhoo, I just wanted to pop in, say hi, see how y'all are doing. We hope you're well and that you have a fabulous Halloween!

Until next time, be careful out there (Wow! Another great line! Someoene should use that in a television show! I am on a roll.) ❤️

Sunday, October 9, 2022

A Long-Winded 2022 Wind-Up

I haven 't been very vocal lately. This year I have been keeping the baking making moving and shaking in the kitchen while Bill works out front and so I haven't had the chance to connect with you the way I have in previous years. Today I'm feeling nostalgic for a long-winded season round-up. Get comfy!

To Bill and I The Little Tart has always been more than a business. We operate out of our home and so when you visit we want you to feel welcome - like you're dropping in on friends. Many of you have been with us from day one (some before that!). We have had the pleasure of getting to know so many of you and you have taken your time to get to know us. You have become a part of our The Little Tart family. We're so happy to see you come through the door and always look forward to your next visit. When we don't see you for stretches of time we wonder if you're okay. 

(That means you too, David - would it kill you to check in when you're going to be away for so long!)

When covid struck in 2020 we were topsy-turvied and suddenly that personal attachment we had become accustomed to disappeared behind mask mandates and social distancing. We were introduced to a cold reality; we are a business and the fate of The Little Tart was in jeopardy.

We became hyper focused and did what we had to do, what we thought was necessary and whatever it took to keep you coming back. We know not everyone agreed with our choices and we understand. But everything we have done since 2020 has been - as it has always been - with the best of intentions for our visitors and for the longevity of The Little Tart.

Here we are, it's the end of our fall season, we're thinking ahead to our winter holiday opening and what's more, we're already planning for 2023.  Bill and I want to get back to that "welcome home" feel we have always strived for. So many of our new visitors haven't had the full The Little Tart experience. Smiles have been hidden behind masks and conversations are curt and pertain mostly to ordering. That's fine if you're a business only concerned with the bottom line. 

That's not us.

And so, we hope you'll join us in making that happen. In the meantime, I'm going to make more of an effort to be more present here online. You've been warned!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Two small words that can never, ever fully express our deepest, heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for making The Little Tart a part of your spring, summer and fall celebrations. For helping us to keep this tiny business alive. It has been our pleasure and our priviledge to bake for you this year. We hope you'll join us when we repeat our two day winter opening and if you can't join us then, we hope you'll visit us next year.

Please take care, please be safe, and please come back to see us again! 

We love you! ❤️

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Thanksgiving Weekend

It certainly does not feel like autumn today but Nature is doing her best artwork. The landscape is stunning. 

We never grow tired of watching her work. 

We hope you're having a tripindicular Tuesday and the rest of the week is - like - fer sher totally rad.


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Thanksgiving - Fully Booked

'kayso... this just happened. We are fully booked. We're sorry if you missed out this year. 

We will be adding Friday for Thanksgiving weekend and as always will be stocking the store. 

Prep is already underway! 

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Summer Finale

And that concludes our summer season.

First I have to say we are fully booked for pumpkin pies on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. We still have room on Friday and Sunday.

Now the mushy gushy stuff. I'll be brief.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, deeply and sincerely. It has been a wild ride these past few years and we can never thank you enough for seeing us through. We open every year not knowing if there will be another and never has this been more true than these past three. The summer season is everything - make or break. 

We are so happy to say we are already looking ahead to next year!

This year, once again, we made it and we are ever so grateful for your support, your kindness, your understanding and your patience as we continue to navigate through a very stressful time. We wouldn't be here without you - a truth we never take for granted.

And now it's time to slow down. But we're not done - not yet! As always we will continue to operate on Saturdays and Sundays through to Thanksgiving weekend (when we'll add the Friday).

We hope you have had a spectacular summer and that you are having a fantabulous Labour Day long weekend! Thank you so much for making The Little Tart a part of your summer experience and for being such an important part of ours.

We love you. ❤️

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Labour Day Long Weekend 2022

Well, it's the last weekend of our summer season. The leaves are beginning to change colour and today autumn feels like it's trying to push its way through. At least the sun is shining!

While you're here or near, you may want to consider visiting Blackbird Pottery's Schoolhouse Fine Craft and Vintage pop-up market (September 2&3 10am-5pm) at 5843 Gelert Road here in Donald. April Gates is a very talented  pottery artist as well as a wonderful neighbour and has been amazingly supportive. In short - we think she's pretty awesome!

We hope you have a fabulous long weekend and if your celebrating the labour day long weekend in, around or nearby the Haliburton Highlands we hope you'll pay us a visit!