The Little Tart is Haliburton's tart store! We're a tiny pastry shop in the town of Donald, 8km south of main street Haliburton, Ontario. (That's a short drive along Gelert Road!) We offer good old fashioned home baked goodness from our very own "Ooey Gooey Butter Tarts" to our popular Thanksgiving pumpkin pies. All of our baking is created by hand, from scratch, on site. All of our recipes are tried and retried until they are our absolute best because only our very best will do.
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1035 Koshlong Lake Road Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0 705-457-4823 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.
Time is a funny thing; it stretches out into infinity but
blink and a season has passed.
When Bill and I opened our doors for the first time 8 years
ago we didn't know what to expect. We had my mom's recipe collection, a
business name, and the countless hours I spent in my mom's kitchen.
We were determined to make it work.
Neither of us had ever worked in (never mind operated) a
pastry shop. The "Donald Dairy Bar" was our first experience in
retail. We must have been out of our minds, but in the words of Garth Brooks
"Life is not tried it is merely survived when your standing outside the
fire"; so we jumped in eyes wide open. When you don't know what the rules
are, you don't know you're breaking them and sometimes the results are
While many bakeries have redefined "home baking" an
offer anything but - we were determined to offer the real thing; the kind of
baking I grew up with. We were going to bake the way my mother had taught me.
It's the hard way, but it's the only way I know.
We violated the first rule of business – location – out here
"in the middle of nowhere". We didn't have an advertising budget and would
have to rely on word of mouth - the slowest (albeit the absolute best) possible
way to grow a business.
And here we are at the end of our eighth year - looking
forward to our ninth.
Against all odds, we're still here!
We thank you often because we can't thank you enough. Once
again it has been our pleasure and our privilege to be your tart store, to have
been a part of your cottage country experience, to be a part of your family gatherings,
friendly get togethers, celebrations and traditions. We are so very grateful
for all of your support because without you we're just a little tart store
"in the middle of nowhere" instead of the destination you have made
We'll miss you, but fortunately this isn't good bye; it's
simply so long for now and we'll be seeing you again very soon.
From our home to yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
So, we took a moment to roughly calculate the number of
hours we worked in July and August given we worked 67 days straight for roughly
15 to 17 hours per day and realized we worked 1,000 (plus) hours each (give or
take an eight hour day or two); that's six months worth of hours in two months and
after two days off we're… still exhausted, but determined to see the fall
If you have visited The Little Tart, one of the things you
discover is that we don't operate our little pastry shop the way the big
bakeries operate. The reason is simple… we can't. This past summer Bill and I
began to see The Little Tart less like a bakery and more like a studio.
We operate an artisan kitchen: we create small batches, by
hand, from raw ingredients. For that reason we make decisions that allow us to please
as many people as possible while making it possible for us to keep operating.
After that long winded intro, here's where I'm going with
At this time of year we usually begin taking orders again. A
lot of you know this and this week we received an influx of order inquiries; so
many that we realized we would be opening our doors on Saturday with only three
kinds of tart which contradicts, "Arrive early for best selection."
For this reason (and many others we won't go into) we have
decided to continue to operate on a first come – first serve basis. (With the
exception of Thanksgiving when all pies are made to order.)
We realize not everyone will be happy with our decision, but
we try to operate in the spirit of fairness and we feel this is fair to
everyone who makes the trek to our little store.
Every year we have closed the door on Labour day, stepped
outside, and it has felt like we arrived at the party just as it came to an end.
This year has been different.
This year it feels like you brought the party to us.
It was a perfect cottage country summer! Everyone seemed
just a little happier; lots of smiles, lots of jovial conversations; lots and
lots of laughter.
We received so many compliments and encouraging words; it is
so easy to get drunk on your kindness!
Hey, what's a party without a few hiccups? A broken down
appliance, a family emergency, and of course, there's always that one person -
you know the one - he gets completely blathered, hears his favourite RUSH tune
start to play, climbs onto a table to show off his air drum solo, gets a little
too animated and falls off.
I'm happy to say Bill's okay and not a single Mojito tart
was damaged during the incident.
But the party is winding down. We both feel like we have the
world's worst hangover and jus' need a mimit to – jus' only a mimit.
After 67 consecutive work days (and at least 1,000 hours
each) we're going to take a couple to recover. We'll be back in the kitchen
midweek to prep for next weekend when we will open again with new fall hours.
Thank you so much for making this summer season so
absolutely wonderful! It is by far our best one yet and we couldn't be more
grateful and humbled by your kindness and generosity.
We hope you're enjoying this holiday Monday and we will look
forward to see you again very very soon!
Bill and I have been in the kitchen prepping since Tuesday to get ready for this Canada Day long weekend! When our doors open Canada Day morning we will be operating seven days a week until labour day! We'll be making as much baking as we possibly can hoping for another crazy busy summer! Unfortunately this means we wont be accepting orders until the weekend after labour day and recommend arriving early for best selection.
We hope you'll make us a part of your summer tradition!
So, it's been busy here this weekend but I have to take a moment to mention something that has been brought to our attention this year. We wait until something is said at least three times before we give it much credence, and even then we weigh the implications and most often let it go. Sometimes, however, well... here it is:
Bill and I do not supply anyone anywhere with our product for resale. We have had several customers now who believe they have seen our products elsewhere. I want to make this very clear because we are all about quality; while we have been approached often over the past eight years (It happens several times every year and this year, so far, is no exception.) by people who would like our product for their business, we always politely decline because once it leaves our store we lose quality control.
Now, having said that, if someone has been in and purchased our product to sell, it's without our knowledge and we do not condone this.
We also pride ourselves on originality; we work very hard to create the best product we can and that includes presentation and how it's marketed. While some believe immitation is the greatest form of flattery - making a tart look like ours doesn't make it ours and we don't want people to be misled.
Thank you very much for your time. I'm headed back to the kitchen.
The Little Tart's own salted caramel custard tart with chocolate truffle bottom.
At the very beginning of the season I had a suggestion for a new flavour. Two words; "salted caramel".
Well, here it is; created in The Little Tart's own kitchen! Please allow me to introduce our very own salted caramel custard tart with chocolate truffle bottom. And you know it has a name (drum roll)...
That's right, my friends, you can now come to The Little Tart for a "Booty Call"!