Peter Wile and Elspeth McLean-Wile are the faces behind Wile's Lake Farm Market & Bakery.
Both Peter and Elspeth have strong rural roots; both grew up on farms in Nova Scotia. Peter attended Nova Scotia Agricultural College, owned and operated a dairy farm and now grows vegetables that are sold in the Market. Elspeth worked for a Nova Scotia dairy after finishing university and when she moved to the South Shore, she and Peter opened a Market. It was the easiest way to create a job for Elspeth right at home!
The Market was started primarily as a produce market with fruit and vegetables sourced at the Wile's own farm. A large network of neighboring farms in Lunenburg County and the Annapolis Valley are also sources of produce now.
From the opening day the bakery has been an important part of the business. The recipes used today are the same ones that were used since 1985. New products have been added, however, the ever popular white, brown and raisin bread are based on traditional Nova Scotia recipes adapted to large quantity baking. The first bread is out of the oven by 8am and the bakers are in every day of the week to make fresh treats.
The greenhouse business started in 1989 and like the rest of the business continues to grow. In 2009-10 a major renovation of the greenhouses was completed. In March, the seeding and transplanting begins. The Wiles grow plants for their own operation only. There are good choices in perennials, annuals, vegetable transplants, shrubs and fruit trees. Each year more and more people are gardening during the summer months and the greenhouse staff continues to plant into June to ensure good quality plants for the summer market.
The gift area provides a selection of garden themed items, perfect as gifts for family and friends. Lots of shoppers find treasures for themselves and their own homes.
We make all of our own "Comfort Food to take home". Shoppers can buy food items already cooked to take home and reheat for a good hearty meal. Salads, bread and dessert are available to complete the feast! We also have a sit-in Cafe offering a menu including soups, sandwiches, and most of our take-out favourites.
Wile's Lake Farm Market is a unique combination of Food, Flowers, and Fun. We look forward to meeting you!