Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Story by Tina Hennigar
Passing through New Ross you might not necessarily see it, but you can feel
it - the heart of New Ross beats strong and proud. And make no mistake, what the community lacks in size, it more than makes up for with, well, everything else.
Just ask Joseph Crocker and his wife Julie, owners of Peasants Pantry.
The unique A-Frame restaurant is as interesting as their menu, featuring things such as a falafel burger, Vietnamese sub and a charcuterie board. They make their own salami, meatballs and woodfired pizza, buns, and nearly everything else.
After COVID-19 hit they had two goals for reopening, Joseph said. “We wanted to maintain the people we had and continue to serve good food. That’s it.” He noted that they already had a good takeout business, so they were ready to go. “They didn’t hesitate,” he said about his team and getting back to work as soon as they were permitted.
“The response from our community has been fantastic.” Joseph shared that typically, being a go-through community, you see a lot of new faces as people travel between the South Shore and the Valley, but for the first two months after reopening they knew everyone who walked in the door.
“It was nice to see everyone again. Now we are starting to see new faces, as people are beginning to get out and travelling again.” Joseph says they still have their solid base of supporters. “We really appreciate our customers,” he emphasized. “I think everyone who owns a business worried that people might not come back. But they came back.”
Their menu features all homemade products and local suppliers, wines from the valley and beer and cider brewed in Chester and New Ross, right down the road from them at Bulwark Cider. “We’ve done some events together,” he shared about Bulwark and their handcrafted ciders. “You have to support the businesses around you in a community like New Ross,” Joseph said. “When one floats, we all float.”