The Windmill Country Market, located in the community of Mount Pleasant is a true hidden gem. It has gained much popularity during its years of business through word of mouth – the most satisfying and deep rooted form of marketing – and it’s easy to see why!
The lot where the market sits today was originally for sale by the County of Brant, who had designated the land for commercial use to help develop the community of Mount Pleasant. Henry Heikoop Sr. purchased the land and on May 4, 2005 the market opened for business. Comparing the Windmill to its initial goal, the business has more than lived up to the expectations. The year round market attracts regular local patrons to be sure, but it’s the large and steady flow of day visitors and bus tours from across Ontario, New York State, Ohio, Pennsylvania & Michigan that has helped spread the word on this amazing experience. Through the growth and popularity , The Windmill has remained in the Heikoop family giving the business that ever so unique personal touch and ‘family feel’ often hard to come by in today’s busy world.
As for offerings, there really is something for everyone. The Windmill is a combination of restaurant, bakery, grocery, fresh produce, gift shoppe, garden boutique and furniture store. The shelves are stocked with many one of a kind gifts and goodies that you are not likely to find anywhere else.
On the main floor there includes a comfortable, home-style restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch by using only fresh ingredients from The Windmill’s grocery, deli and bakery. You can enjoy eggs, bacon, hash browns, a delicious omelet, pancakes, or waffles served with real whipped cream. For lunch, have a light meal, a sandwich from the deli, a homemade soup, or The Windmill’s special of the day!
After your meal, you can wander past counters filled with freshly baked breads and pastries, savory cheeses, and deli meats. Pick up some fresh vegetables, ripe fruit, or a bouquet of flowers on your way through the warmly decorated labyrinth of shelved treasures just looking to be matched with their forever owners. Make sure that after you finish wandering past the displays of garden ornaments, jewelry, purses andgifts that you make your way upstairs. Laid out for display are numerous rooms of handcrafted Amish furniture and charming household decor.
What is also attractive about The Windmill is not only can you drive there through some of the most gorgeous countryside anywhere but you can also walk or cycle there. The Windmill is only a five minute walk or even shorter cycle from the T.H. and B. trail and the L.E. and N. trail which both run throughout the County of Brant and connect to the Trans Canada Trail. The Windmill is also situated near the Mount Pleasant Nature Park, if you are looking for a place to stroll after a scrumptious meal.
Even more than all the delicacies and treasures that The Windmill has to offer, the highlight of the experience really and truly is the feeling it provides. The Heikoop family’s wonderful and dedicated staff deliver an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness that combined with the decor and quality of items, food and gifts simply make The Windmill , ‘One of those places’ we all search for. It is a place for making memories and a place that many will revisit time and again. No matter what brings you, The Windmill Country Market will convince you in short order it’s a one of a kind place to eat, shop and browse all year long in any season.
Plan your visit to The Windmill Country Market today and experience a County of Brant gem – see you there!