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(Updated 11:30 a.m., May 29)
Cumberland Village bakery has well-earned following

By Heather Jamieson
The Orléans Star

At the crossroads of Hwy. 174 and Cameron Street, at the edge of Cumberland Village, sits a quaint yellow house that is home to the Black Walnut Bakery.

The hugely popular bakery opened in December 2015 thanks to a rather fortuitous chain of events.

In 2010, Myroslava Mykytyn was a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in biology and hopes of pursuing medicine. Isaac Fouchard had majored in ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was working full-time at the Gloucester Pottery School.

Owners Myroslava Mykytyn and Isaac Fouchard stand outside the Black Walnut Bakery in Cumberland Village. Fred Sherwin/Photo

She didn’t get into medical school, so Mykytyn took a year off and signed up for an “interest course” in pottery. There she met Fouchard. It might not have been love at first sight, but close. They married in 2012, with Fouchard working at the pottery school, while she honed her craft as a bread maker at Ottawa’s True Loaf Bread Company.

They bought a charming 150-year-old home on Cameron Street in Cumberland and started baking at home and selling their products on weekends, primarily at the nearby Cumberland Market.

Fouchard had little experience baking, but took quickly to his wife’s tutelage in the baking arts. He was hooked by the parallels between ceramics and baking, from the act of kneading, to the tactile nature of the materials and the element of time that was crucial to both.

In December 2015, they rearranged the living area in their home to open a retail counter and small café, naming it The Black Walnut after the type of tree that thrived on the property.

The couple originally thought to sell croissants, pastries, coffee and Fouchard’s pottery. But, while his pottery is used in the café, he hasn’t had time to create enough stock to sell. “Some days you can’t get near the place they are so busy,” says neighbour and regular customer Michel Potvin.

The couple’s daughter was born two months before the bakery opened and they had a son last June. Running out of space in Cumberland, the young family recently moved to Mykytyn’s father’s hobby farm in Ottawa South, increasing their morning commute from a trip downstairs to a 25-minute drive at 2:30 a.m. They take turns being responsible for the pre-dawn baking and being home for the children’s morning routine.

The bakery sources whatever it can locally and everything is made on the premises. One of its biggest assets is their staff which includes Fouchard’s mother who is the chief pie maker.

“It is very much a labour of love. It’s a lot more work than I ever thought it would be, but it is so enjoyable and rewarding,” Mykytyn says.

In addition to breads, pastries and pies, the menu has expanded to include weekly sandwich and soup options.

The bakery is open Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They will also be closed from June 11 to 26 when the couple plans to attend the wedding of Fouchard’s brother in Morocco.

To learn more about the bakery visit www.blackwalnutbakery.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   
   

 




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