A visit to Chatham-Kent is not complete without bringing home some of the best produce and homemade products around. Checking out what's in season is always a great way to start. The Buy Local Buy Fresh Guide will let you know what you can find now in stores and at farmer's markets. August for many however, goes hand in hand with the first taste of corn on the cob dripping with butter. You'll find cobs across Chatham-Kent, but if you want to pair it with a day of blueberry picking, we suggest making a stop at Joyce Farm Market's for your corn first, followed by Park's Blueberries. At Joyce's you'll not only find ears of corn waiting to be husked at home, but also the makings for a fresh summer fruit salad or tossed salad. Brightly coloured peppers, tomatoes, peaches, melons and more will make it tough to choose just a few varieties.
At Park's you can pick your own mouth-watering blueberries to take home to bake into a pie or muffin, for a summer berry salad or just to eat on their own by the bowlful, perhaps with a dollop of whipped cream! Inside the store, the aisle's are filled with ready made products like jams, scones and other treats you will find it hard to say no to. Their boutique shopping area is a treat within itself, as you will find kitchen gadgets that never existed, but that you now just have to have. Both Park's and Joyce's are located on Highway 2 (Longwoods Road) east of Thamesville.
For those who need a bit of meat to round out all of those fruits and veggies, a stop at Buis Beef, right off the 401 in Chatham is a quick stop for fresh or frozen direct from the farm beef. Whether it's a steak, roast or a patty, Buis' offers 100% natural farm raised beef without antibiotics, hormones or additives.
A meal however, is not complete without something to wash it down. Chatham-Kent features a variety of craft beers and local wines to choose from. Not far from the 401 you'll find Sons of Kent Brewing Company, in the heart of downtown Chatham, to bring home something new or perhaps tried and true.
Why not extend your stay and take advantage of one of our many hotels or bed and breakfast locations.
Fortunately, this is just one sample of a Buy Local Buy Fresh Day in CK. Stay tuned for others, as we continue to feature a variety of producers from across the municipality. Have a favourite Buy Local Buy Fresh Day of your own you'd like to share? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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