11:30 a.m., May 29)
Cumberland Village bakery has well-earned following
By Heather Jamieson
The Orléans Star
the crossroads of Hwy. 174 and Cameron Street, at the
edge of Cumberland Village, sits a quaint yellow house
that is home to the Black Walnut Bakery.
hugely popular bakery opened in December 2015 thanks to
a rather fortuitous chain of events.
2010, Myroslava Mykytyn was a graduate of the University
of Ottawa with a degree in biology and hopes of pursuing
medicine. Isaac Fouchard had majored in ceramics at the
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was working
full-time at the Gloucester Pottery School.
Myroslava Mykytyn and Isaac Fouchard stand
outside the Black Walnut Bakery in Cumberland
Village. Fred Sherwin/Photo
didn’t get into medical school, so Mykytyn took a year
off and signed up for an “interest course” in pottery.
There she met Fouchard. It might not have been love at
first sight, but close. They married in 2012, with Fouchard
working at the pottery school, while she honed her craft
as a bread maker at Ottawa’s True Loaf Bread Company.
bought a charming 150-year-old home on Cameron Street
in Cumberland and started baking at home and selling their
products on weekends, primarily at the nearby Cumberland
had little experience baking, but took quickly to his
wife’s tutelage in the baking arts. He was hooked by the
parallels between ceramics and baking, from the act of
kneading, to the tactile nature of the materials and the
element of time that was crucial to both.
December 2015, they rearranged the living area in their
home to open a retail counter and small café, naming it
The Black Walnut after the type of tree that thrived on
couple originally thought to sell croissants, pastries,
coffee and Fouchard’s pottery. But, while his pottery
is used in the café, he hasn’t had time to create enough
stock to sell. “Some
days you can’t get near the place they are so busy,” says
neighbour and regular customer Michel Potvin.
couple’s daughter was born two months before the bakery
opened and they had a son last June. Running out of space
in Cumberland, the young family recently moved to Mykytyn’s
father’s hobby farm in Ottawa South, increasing their
morning commute from a trip downstairs to a 25-minute
drive at 2:30 a.m. They take turns being responsible for
the pre-dawn baking and being home for the children’s
bakery sources whatever it can locally and everything
is made on the premises. One of its biggest assets is
their staff which includes Fouchard’s mother who is the
chief pie maker.
is very much a labour of love. It’s a lot more work than
I ever thought it would be, but it is so enjoyable and
rewarding,” Mykytyn says.
addition to breads, pastries and pies, the menu has expanded
to include weekly sandwich and soup options.
bakery is open Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They
will also be closed from June 11 to 26 when the couple
plans to attend the wedding of Fouchard’s brother in Morocco.
learn more about the bakery visit www.blackwalnutbakery.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)