What about the food at Chantry Breezes?
We are committed users of local food, and are members of a local food delivery co-op, Eat Local Grey Bruce, as well as buying from local famers. There are terrific restaurants in the area 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.
In season, we purchase much of our fruit and vegetable offering from Hi-Berry Farm, located on Highway 21 between Southampton and Port 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, which is slated to re-open this spring. 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.
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. (These doughnuts 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 Ironwood Coffee Company from near Big Bay is operated by a young couple who use wood fired equipment to provide excellent results.