Who’s in the book – Part 3 – The Growers and Producers

Who’s in the book – Part 3 – The Growers and Producers

Agriculture and food production has long been a part of South Georgian Bay’s culture but the developing relationships and collaborations between farmers, chefs and community members is what makes this area truly unique– and inspiring.

Chefs, restaurateurs and growers are working together to get as much local ingredients on our menus as possible.

Consumers are building relationships and supporting their growers through farm-gate markets, CSA’s (community shared agriculture) and our many local farmers’ markets.

Brewmasters and growers are collaborating to use local hops and ingredients in their artisan beers.

And there is no shortage of festivals, events and programs that bring us all together to celebrate what makes our food community so incredible. We love our farmers and producers.

The South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook project celebrates those connections and partnerships, and showcases the talented and passionate producers who are the champions in the local food movement.

Some of the fine folks who will be featured in the book are:

  • Roy’L Acres Farms (Maxwell) – Roy and Ginny Love have spent years building relationships between neighbouring growers and local restaurants. Chefs customize a garden suited to their menus and the farmers grow them for the specific restaurant using only organic practises.
  • Binkley Apples (Clarksburg) – The Red Prince apple is grown exclusively in South Georgian Bay. Harvested in the fall, the apples are then cellared until the new year to bring out their full flavour and texture. So when you are craving a crisp, tangy apples in March look for the Red Prince!
  • Top Shelf Mushrooms (Collingwood) – These folks repurposed an old shipping container into a climate controlled mushroom farm so they could supply restaurants with incredible fungi year-round. (seriously – how cool is that!)
  • Kolapore Springs Fishery (Kolapore Uplands) – The fishery is situated on one of the most unique eco-systems in the world – and their annual Feast in the Forest event is one of the most anticipated food events of the year!
  • Meredith’s Ginger Syrup (Clarksburg) – Meredith’s ginger syrup is made with ginger and local honey. Try it in a latte, or a smoothie at the Kimberley General Store. You’ll be hooked.
  • T&K Ferri Orchards (Clarksburg) – Recipient of the Premiere’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence, Tim and Karen Ferri have a progressive, vertical growing orchard in Clarksburg. Their apples might just be the biggest you’ve ever seen.
  • Bighead Hops (Rocklyn Creek) – If you’ve sipped on a Beau’s All Natural, MacLean’s Ales or Northwinds’ brew you have tasted Nicholas’ hops.
  • Aster Lane Bread (Neustadt) – wood fire baked, no commercial yeast, organic locally grown wheat. Try their rosemary lemon loaf. It might just change your life.
  • Donald’s Honey (Owen Sound) – a young couple passionate about permaculture, producing raw/unpasteurized wildflower honey that they process off grid. How sweet is that?
  • Kolapore Gardens (Kolapore Uplands) – One thing you can rely on is Mike’s friendly, smiling face every week at the Collingwood and Thornbury Farmers’ Markets. And tasty veggies. I guess that’s two things you can rely on.
  • Sideroad Natural Farm (Beaver Valley) – Amy, Patrick and little Wyatt are another staple at the local farmers’ markets. And check out Amy’s instagram feed for a daily dose of farm life.

Yup. There are some talented folks here in Bruce Grey Simcoe . How lucky are we?


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