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Feature: Baked On The Hill

Imagine getting to do something you're passionate about, making it successful, and getting to do it with one of your friends. That's exactly what Celta Riden and Beth Demarte are doing with their company, Baked On The Hill.

I met Celta and Beth at the Lansdowne Farmer's Market where they were showcasing their delicious plant based treats. From muffins and energy bites, to bars and spreads, it was amazing to see the creativity the girls had, with such a range of delicious products. They're so good in fact I almost ran off with their Dark Chocolate Hazlenut or "Newtella" spread. These girls are doing something different, and I wanted to find out their story.

Baked on the Hill is a partnership between Celta, a young entrepreneur with a background in graphic design, and Beth, a talented local baker. They both believe in living a healthy and active lifestyle, along with working out and mental health/wellness; and know that what we eat plays a big role in that. So when they met a year and a half ago through mutual friends, sharing the same interests, dreams and ideas, they were instant friends. And when Celta approached Beth with the idea for Baked on the Hill, it was an easy decision.

Celta and Beth are both big foodies, but in the last couple years, Celta started to develop food sensitivities toward meat and dairy products, and began focusing on a more plant-based diet. This opened a new door of creative discovery into the world of vegan baking, as well as experimenting in the kitchen with alternative ingredients, to achieve tastes and textures wanted in some of her favourite recipes. While Beth is not vegan herself, she still tries to live a natural lifestyle.

Baking is something that is in Beth's DNA. Growing up watching her mom and Grandma bake treats from scratch, and her great grandfather owning a bakery, it's not surprising that baking would become more than just a hobby. Beth quit her retail job eight years ago, and went back to school, completing the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Algonquin College. Beth then did some freelance baking before finding an opportunity at Vert Fourchette in Vankleek Hill, where she continues to bake for the Lascelles family, while Baked on the Hill continues to grow.

Living in Vankleek Hill, a rural area outside of Ottawa, Celta and Beth realized there was a small selection of places that offered healthy baked goods, and really nowhere were plan-based ingredients were used. The girls saw an opportunity to provide such a thing to the community and surrounding area, and Baked on the Hill was born April 20th, 2017. The company's name is true to it's roots, being a bakery based in Vankleek Hill. And with the passion Celta and Beth have for their company, and the quality of their products, they may just find themselves at the top of plant-based baked goods hill before long!

Being from a small town, community is a big part of Baked on the Hill's business. They are very supported locally, and they in turn look for opportunities to support other local business and farmers, by sourcing their ingredients locally where they can. They are also conscious of their impact on the environment and do their best to create minimal waste and select ingredients that are good for you and good on the planet. An example of this is the hemp they use. Help crops are annual, sustainable, renewable and an environmentally friendly practice.

Baked on the Hill offers a variety of baked goods. They are all made locally, from scratch, using only plant-based whole food ingredients. They offer hemp protein bars (Green Monster is my fave!), energy balls, nut butters, nut flours and seasonal fruit leathers. They also carry an espresso chocolate muffin and some amazing spreads. I have really enjoyed everything I've tasted, and recommend picking yourself up some of everything. It's all delicious!

You can find Baked on the Hill at local festivals and farmer's markets such as the Vankleek Hill market (Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm), and the Ottawa Lansdowne Market (Sundays from 9 am-3 pm). You can also find their products at L'Amie de la Santé health store in Hawkesbury, and the Daily Dose Café in Vankleek Hill.

I want to thank Celta and Beth for taking the time to meet with me, and share the Baked on the Hill story. I look forward to trying more of their delicious plan-based treats at the next market, and wish them all of the success as they make their way to the top of the hill.

**Be sure to check out my follow-up post for Baked on the Hill ice cream!!!

- The Kid

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