HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery offers delicious Saskatoon and area catering services. In addition, they have a great Saskatoon restaurant, coffee house & bakery, as well as a private area to book small local events or meetings. Previously located within the Riversdale Saskatoon Farmer's Market for over 9 years, they opened their new location in 2018 across the street on Ave B. In HomeQuarters latest feature article on Trusted Saskatoon, we find out about their sister business, Riverbend Plantation. HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer & Bakery!
Did you know the owners of HomeQuarter also own Riverbend Plantation?
Riverbend Plantation has been growing Saskatoon berries and creating distinctive products since 1981. Grace and Lee Whittington have been the owners of Riverbend Plantation – Saskatchewan’s first commercial Saskatoon berry farm – since 1996. They were newcomers to the province having moved from Ontario in 1992 when Lee took a position in Saskatoon. They saw an opportunity when Riverbend’s first owner retired. Grace and Lee had owned a farm together in Ontario so moving back to the country was a natural choice. Also, Grace was already supplying Riverbend Plantation with Saskatoon berry chocolate (the same signature chocolate they make today).
However, growing a crop they hadn’t heard of four years earlier took some careful planning and a leap of faith. Grace’s skill as a cook and her training in home economics provided a great fit for product development, but the family was still young with a 12, 9 and 6 year old at home and Lee worked full-time. It’s been 24 years now and Lee still says that they learned many lessons on that journey.
The orchard is my primary responsibility, and much has changed from the early days. I remember our first harvest (coincidently the largest the farm had produced to date), working long hours, 7 days a week, week after week with a crew of more than 160 people. We ran out of everything: time, boxes, bags, pallets and patience! After years of renewing the orchard, we can now harvest the crop by machine. Improvements like this have greatly improved the quality of our key ingredient.- Lee Whittington.
Wonderful products and gifts
After harvest, Grace managed everything from product development to marketing. The early days took the family to fourteen trade shows a year from October to December. These days the marketing focus has moved away from direct selling at trade shows to a distribution system of independent retailers (Including at HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery- in the picture to the right).
"Great products come from quality ingredients, beginning with the fruit we grow, great recipes and dedicated staff. With all the changes we’ve experienced, this philosophy still holds true.” - Grace Whittington
In 2010 they added a café at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Now they are a beloved place In Riversdale where friends and neighbours gather to eat, drink and enjoy live music. Share in the seasonal delicacies from the Western Canadian Prairies, including their own orchards, with main dishes, delectable desserts, and fine coffees that are plentiful to eat in or take home.
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HomeQuarter is a place that feels like home, with an amazing atmosphere, wonderful coffee and great food you are sure to love. They look forward to sharing their farmhouse kitchen atmosphere with you, their friends.
'A place that feels like home...From the first bite to the last drop.'
HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer & Bakery!
HomeQuarters's Award Wining Design
HomeQuarter Coffeehouse and
Bakery, a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer and Bakery were recently been recognized with 2019
MASI Design Award in the Hospitality Restaurant Category in addition to an Honourable Mention at The Design Council Of 2019 Saskatchewan Premier’s Awards!
The MASI Awards celebrate the best of interior design throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, recognizing design excellence and contributions to the built environment. The HomeQuarter project Interior Designer Renea Cave, attended the award gala held at the Canadian Museum Of Human Rights in Winnipeg on October 17th, 2019.
Premier’s Awards Of Excellence in Design
Held in conjunction with Saskatchewan Design Week, the 2019 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Design recognized the great applied design work being done right here in Saskatchewan. HomeQuarter was thrilled to be recognized with an honourable mention.
A Partnership built on Trust
The fantastic partnership between HomeQuarter and their developer created the space has resulted in many compliments from guests, They comment on the ‘vibe’ and they love the combination of modern touches, bright natural light, and variety of seating options whilst enjoying the wonderful coffee, live music and food that is on offer!
Interior Designer said, “HomeQuarter is an interior that showcases how a successful space functions both physically and atmospherically”.
Providing a community meeting area in the "Hayloft" provides a unique role for HomeQuarter in Riversdale. We are very pleased to have our designer, our builder, and the cafe recognized for excellence in these provincial and regional design competitions.” said Lee & Grace Whittington, Owners Of HomeQuarter
HomeQuarter is a locally owned family business that takes pride in their products. They offer catering services for 10-150 people, in addition to their restaurant, coffee house and bakery. So, what are you waiting for? Go visit HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery to see what all the fuss is about!