What about the food at Chantry Breezes?
We are committed users of local food wherever possible. While the Ontario government defines “local” as being produced in Ontario, we belong to the Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association, (farmers, processors, distributors, restaurants and accommodators, working together to provide Grey and Bruce produced food product to consumers and businesses). There are terrific restaurants as well as local food fundraising events during the summer, so we only offer breakfast at Chantry Breezes as part of our accommodation experience.
Breakfast is an interesting meal; such different culinary experiences around the world. We generally offer the typical North American fare, but are happy to provide something more familiar to those from other cultures if we have advance notice. Vegan and vegetarian options are available and we have experimented with Asian style rice offerings, both sweet and savoury, on request.
We have a membership with Persephone Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The small local farm grows vegetables and herbs and provides a share of the ripe produce with the people subscribed. They provide us with a weekly newsletter and sample recipes for unusual vegetables that they are growing. It is a great chance to try new things, and in our opinion is a very fair way to support the farm. The subscribers take part of the risk that farmers’ experience. If it is a good year, then we get a larger amount of food in our share. If the weather is poor, or the crops are attacked by bugs or wildlife, the share is smaller. The young farm family at Persephone consists of Kristine and Thorsten and their son Oskar and their wee daughter Marilla.
In season, we purchase much of our fruit and vegetable offering from Hi-Berry Farm, located on Highway 21 between Southampton and Pot Elgin. They have an extensive crop list and are never without a beautiful array of produce – starting with asparagus in late May, and ending with squashes and pumpkins in October. The Everbearing Strawberries start producing in mid-June and go right through September! Apples and apple cider have been sourced from Smiths’ Apples and Farm Market on River Road in Port Elgin. Their hand pies and apple products are mazing. The Farm with miniature trees is an experience for the whole family.
We purchase local eggs, bacon and sausages from Southampton Meat Market along with other locally sourced products. Our favourite cheeses come from Pine River Cheese Co-op in Pine River, just south of Kincardine on Highway 21. There is a Cheese Museum there as well as a large viewing gallery so you can watch the cheese factory in operation. Most of our local shops carry their cheeses – cheddars, are the main product. We especially like the Caramelized onion cheddar.
Big Dipper Bakery in Paisley make a delicious Multigrain Bead, covered in sesame seeds that is our preferred bread for toasting. We are members of the Bread Club, and pick up our delivery at Rabbit Dash Café in Port Elgin. Southampton’s own Offshore Bakery makes great bread as well as “Bruce Potatoes” that Jenny loves, even though she does not have a particularly sweet tooth. (They are usually available on weekends in the summer, although we are pestering Justin to make them EVERY day!)
Pancakes, waffles or French Toast are frequently featured on our breakfast menu, and maple syrup is a key feature of those items. We buy from Boddy’s Sugar Bushes on Bruce Road 3, between Walkerton and Paisley. They have huge stainless steel boilers that work 24 hours a day when the sap is running, to produce beautiful syrup. Doris and John also produce Maple Cream – a pure syrup product that is like icing. Jenny uses this to top her egg free maple syrup muffins. Yummy!
During Marine Heritage Festival weekend, we offer Smoked Lake Huron Whitefish in a salad especially for adventurous eaters. The local fishers (in Wiarton) also carry lake trout, splake and salmon. Let us know if you are fish lover and we will see what we can provide for your enjoyment!
We offer a blend of coffee called “Chantry Breezes Blend” by Speakeasy Coffees, our supplier in Hamilton, but also offer some from a local roaster. Ironwood Coffee Roastry from near Big Bay is operated by a young couple who use wood fired equipment to provide excellent results. Many of our teas are from Loose Leaf Teas, located in Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.