I don't get down to the Alderney Landing Farmer's Market as often as I wish but when I do I usually find at least a couple new surprises. I've actually grown to enjoy the Dartmouth market more than the Halifax one but as a vegan, it can still be very difficult seeing butchered animals and other animal products on either side. However, spotting the Lively Bakery there a couple Saturdays ago was a pleasant surprise. They had a table with a selection of different baked sweet treats and I was ecstatic to see so many vegan labels on them.
The couple who run Lively Bakery were both very friendly and kind. I asked to make sure that these items were indeed vegan and did have any hidden honey in them. We've experienced some unfortunate locals who seem to misunderstand what veganism really is and put bee products in their items. The Lively Bakery is not one of them. The lady assured me that "all the vegan products are indeed vegan" and went on to say that vegans do not consume honey. So refreshing and wonderful to hear!
Hubby and I picked out almost one of everything and spent more money than we should but how could we resist such temptation? We got date squares, blueberry squares, caramel apple squares, chocolate cookies and caramel cookies. I was extremely impressed with every one but had a particular fondness for the caramel cookie and the caramel apple square. They were all so simply delicious and moist.
Thank you so much to the Lively Bakery for having so many vegan options. We are an ever growing minority and it's wonderful when businesses accommodate us. I will definitely be back to feast on some more incredible treats.
|Caramel cookie with a vanilla cream filled center|
|Chocolate cookie with a jam filled center|
|Caramel Apple tart|