In addition to drinking and sitting, one of the great pleasures of cottaging is eating. And while each cottage region offers its own delights, I am only one woman, and I only have one cottage. And so, here is the epicure’s guide to Muskoka – and nowhere else.
Savour Muskoka organizes a series of events throughout the summer where local chefs gather to dish out samples of their wares. The next From Field to Fork event is August 15th at Brooklands Farms (tickets are $65), and features representatives from the following:
Riverwalk Restaurant, Deerhurst Resort, Muskoka Meats, Beat the Wheat, Sprucedale Meats, Muskoka Natural Food Market, Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, Delta Grandview, Muskoka Lakes Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewery, Muskoka Lakes Winery, Springhill Fresh Water Company, Muskoka Roastery Coffee, Iroqouis Cranberry Growers, Big Ass Garlic, Grenville Farm, and Poppa Jims Natural Honey.
Their Farm, Your Table
Visit one of six weekly local farmers’ markets to find such treasures at Big Ass Garlic, Belly Ice Cream Company and more shiitake growers than you can shake an oak branch at.
Huntsville Farmers Market
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bracebridge Farmers Market – Memorial Park
Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gravenhurst Farmers Market – Muskoka Wharf
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rosseau Market – Rosseau Wharf
Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bala Summer Market – Bala Falls
Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Baysville Farmers Market – Arena parking lot
Fridays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fresh & Frosty
Muskoka Cottage Brewery opened in 1996 and has built a successful craft beer business based on its three core values: freshness, purity and independence. Visit the brewery to try a fresh pint of Muskoka Premium Lager. 13 Taylor Rd., Bracebridge
Lake of Bays Cottage Brewery in Baysville, launched in May 2010, making it the new kid on the block. Head out for a visit and welcome them to the neighbourhood. 2681 Muskoka Rd., Baysville
Pick and Choose
Brooklands Farm on Butter & Egg Road in Milford Bay encourages you to pick your own produce; they’ll let you know what’s ripe on their website. If you’d rather stay home, they’ll deliver picked-that-morning produce to your cottage door. For August: Corn!
Image courtesy of djmikeryan.