Part of a series about the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market, written by Valerie Davies.
Marie & Guy French Bakery
by Valerie Davies
Marie-Dominique and her husband Guy Herbreteau sell French baking. Both were born in France, Guy from Vendee, south of Brittany, and Marie from close to the Spanish border. Guy comes from a long line of bakers and his grandfather owned a flourmill. Marie when she graduated from school decided she would become a pastry cook.
They came to Nova Scotia in 2002, first living in Martins River for 2 years and then in Chester for another 3 years where Guy was employed with a French baker. As Marie wasn’t working as a pastry cook and there was no French bakery at this time in the Annapolis Valley they decided to open their own bakery in Kingston, half way between Wolfville and Annapolis Royal. It is located at 609 Main Street (Hwy 1) in Kingston (on the left if travelling east).
They use all organic flour in their baking. Meats, fruits, vegetables and dairy products used, are from local suppliers. They also sell gluten free cookies and squares. Guy starts baking Friday evening and by the next morning freshly baked goods are ready for Marie to set off at 7 am with bread, pastries, tarts and quiche for the Saturday market.
For savory delights they sell mushroom and blue cheese feuillete, ham and cheese croissants and a variety of quiches. Sweet croissants are chocolate and/or almond. Tarts – almond, lemon and chocolate – are their best sellers with fresh fruit tarts in the summer using local soft fruit. Also on their stall are Danish pastry, meringues, vanilla bread pudding and almond and chocolate biscotte.