Chesterville’s new bakery offers just ‘The Right Bite’ in time for Christmas

Seen in image above: Owner and baker of 'The Right Bite', Ashley Small, opened Chesterville-based bakery on William St. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — You can now take a bite out of delicious homemade baked goods right here in Chesterville!

Chesterville native Ashley Small, owner and baker of The Right Bite, opened her own bakery on 5 William St., in the building once occupied by Happy Face Nursery School.

Small’s passion for baking began at a very young age. She grew up baking with her mom and by 10 years of age, she was allowed to use the oven on her own.

She studied Baking and Pastry Arts through George Brown College and then moved back to her hometown to begin her business — initially at home.

Small’s current sales are largely through the Ottawa Farmer’s Market held at Lansdowne park every Saturday.

Customers rave about her butter tarts and pies, according to Small. 

Seen in image above: A batch of butter tarts Small’s customers rave about. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

“People get pretty excited for my sugar cookies,” she added.

They are decorated with her homemade royal icing. 

Seen in image above: Small’s famous homemade royal icing. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

“Christmas orders are just starting,” she said.

The majority of her orders are from current customers who shop at the Farmer’s Market.

Anyone wishing to make Christmas or orders of any kind can call her anytime. She requests a minimum of 24 hours notice.

“I’ll make pretty much anything. I try to be affordable.” the baker stated.

Her treats are always baked fresh, most of which (with the exception of her pastries) are made with fresh flour directly from Upper Canada Village.

Speaking of Upper Canada Village, the beloved gingerbread cookies sold during the Alight at Night Festival are made by Small. “I make a few hundred per week,” she said.

Small insists on shopping and supporting local merchants as much as possible.

“Some people say I’m ‘very old-fashioned’ with my baking,” she laughed. “But it’s true!”

“Everything I make, I make from scratch,” she continued.

How true that statement is. Even her toffee and caramel used in her truffles are homemade!

Seen in image above: Samples of Small’s delectable truffles wrapped perfectly for the Christmas season. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

“I always start from the beginning. Just feels wrong to do it any other way. I never use canned fillings!”

You can purchase her homemade treats this Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 to 5 p.m. at Carleton University’s Fieldhouse during their 613Christmas event.

She will be very busy the rest of the week as she also has a table at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market during its Christmas Market from 9 to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

For more information feel free to call Ashley anytime at 613-302-7237 or check out her Facebook page facebook.com/rightbitebakery.

 


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