HAMIOTA — It’s not exactly the image one gets when they think shortbread.
Wearing a rugby shirt, a large hat that looks like it came from the Australian outback and covers his scruffy face, Andrew Maxwell makes some of the best shortbread around.
"Keep telling people that mate," he says in a thick Scottish accent and a wry smile.
Almost like a pusher, Maxwell gives out free samples at his booth, which was set up at the Mid-West Arts Council Farmer’s Market in Hamiota yesterday.
One taste and people were lining up for more, small bags costing $2 while a big bag runs
"Are you sure your wife didn’t make this?" asks one customer.
"Don’t have a wife," Maxwell replies.
It’s banter that goes back and forth once the woman realizes Maxwell is from Scotland.
"Can you sing?" she asks.
"Can you dance?"
"Do you have a kilt?"
To which the answers are "I’m the least musical person I know."
"Only when I have too much to drink."
And "Yes, of course."
The conversation ends just how one might think, with her purchasing a bag of shortbread and extolling its virtues.
Maxwell moved to Canada less than two years ago. He spent time in Australia, but came to Hamiota after his parents relocated from Scotland.
He now travels to farmers markets all over, shilling his shortbread, but insists it’s still a hobby.
"I hope one day to buy a store and make it a business," he said.
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