If you’re visiting Port Rowan, be sure to stop by the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery. Opened in 2015, this quaint shop specializes in local meats and cheeses. You’ll also find gourmet gift ware and Dutch products displayed in unique cabinets. As well there’s a selection of vintage pieces for sale.
A few years ago we decided to tap our trees. It was quite the adventure and a great learning experience. The main thing we learned is…this stuff is liquid gold! No wonder it’s so expensive. It takes so much sap to make a small amount of syrup. Basically it’s around a 40 to 1 ratio. Then there’s the time and firewood invested in boiling it down. We had a lot of fun making it but it was a one time deal. It hadn’t occurred to us to make it until the last year we lived on the property with a small wood lot. And since we no longer live there we’ll have to rely on friends and neighbours to supply us with our Maple Syrup.
If you love cheese like I do, you need to visit The Dover Cheese Shop. It’s located in beautiful downtown Port Dover, Ontario on Main Street. They have an excellent assortment of local, regional and international cheeses.
It’s not every year that ice huts appear on the inner bay of Lake Erie. Sometimes winters are too mild. But when the conditions are right, ice fishing is a big deal around here. Some people even walk out onto the ice, drill a hole and fish without the shelter of a hut. If you’re looking for some winter fun and maybe (hopefully) a few fresh caught Lake Erie perch, grab your fishing pole and start drilling!
I took this beautiful picture the other day as I turned into the driveway of Meadow Lynn Market Garden to pick up my second to last CSA share.
There is something about the fall colours around here! And this particular spot with a rickety wooden bridge with a creek running underneath just adds to the charm of the program. I chose to pick up my veggies from the farm just so I get to drive over the bridge and visit with Sarah who runs the program. She recently won the Norfolk Young Entrepreneur award and when you meet her you will know why.
Here’s a link to their website in case you are interested in signing up for next year:
You can purchase a full share (weekly) or a half share (bi weekly) of local organic produce. You get 8-12 items each time and there are usually a few unique items to inspire you to expand your horizons. You can also purchase eggs and beef. We had a roast and some burgers recently and they were excellent.
I would highly recommend Meadow Lynn Market Garden’s CSA program.