About Us 2017-12-20T21:21:20+00:00

Welcome to From the Farm….

Cynthia Peters – Owner & Chef Instructor
Passionate about food and well-being, Cynthia has been actively involved in a number of food related  endeavors for the past two decades. Her love for food and traditions is evident in her collection of more than 600 cookbooks. She is inspired everyday to create menus, based on the seasons and love of bold flavors and textures. She is a personal chef and an honors graduate of Liaison College of  Culinary Arts and holds certificates from Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa. Cynthia co-founded The Spice Sisters, a personal chef services business in Toronto in 2006. Today she owns and operates  From the Farm Cooking School. As a food writer, she is a regular contributor to a number of publications and websites. Cynthia is the founder and former Managing Editor of Local Tastes magazine, a Metroland Media Group publication. She is the author of The Art of Herbs cookbook and a volunteer and Board member for a number of provincial & regional food & tourism organizations.

Guest Instructor

Karin Deveaux
Former co-owner of Harvest Restaurant and Pinch Gourmet, Karin shines in the kitchen with her great stories and technique know-how. With more than 15 years behind the stove, this pastry chef come entrepeneur, will keep you entertained. Karin is currently a professor at the Culinary School at Loyalist College in Belleville.

Heritage Farmhouse

heritage farmhouse

The original section of our heritage farmhouse, constructed of board and batten, was built by Lemuel Pearsall in the 1830’s. For the first thirty years this building was the homestead for his family and their growing hops business. In the 1850’s a red brick centre hall addition was added to the front of the home. It continued to be a working farm to the mid 1960’s. Cynthia and her husband Brian purchased Willow Hill in 2004 as their country home and have lovingly restored to make it their own.

Inside period antiques, including primitive household kitchen items, grace many rooms. Cynthia’s cooking classes are held in her main modern kitchen and the adjoining sunny heritage kitchen. The kitchens boast both a professional 48” propane range and a Mennonite wood bake oven. Outside, Cynthia’s vegetable garden produces a wide variety of fresh delights for her customers, family and friends.