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A snapshot of rural culture … stirred.

Nestled in the heart of southwestern Ontario, halfway between London and Lake Erie, sits a little gem known as Berry Hill Fruit Farm.

Clovermead Adventure Farm is buzzing with a staff of 24 million bees that produce six different floral sources of honey, each with its own uniqueness.

Empire Valley, tucked along the shore of Lake Erie on the historic Talbot Trail, bursts with colour, flavour and fresh produce all season long. From bold and brilliant hanging baskets

ETBO opened for business in Canada in 1958 as a tool and die company specializing in industrial engraving. ETBO is recognized as an industry leader in quality stamping, tooling and engineering, and employs over 45 skilled trades personnel in a modern, 40,000 SF climate-controlled manufacturing facility in Aylmer, Ontario.

Great Lakes Farms bring families, fun and farming together.

After many years of selling strawberries and other seasonal produce at their road side fruit stand, the Howe family has created a new feature to house their farm fresh goods.

The Vedova’s opened the doors to Kettle Creek Inn in 1983, after purchasing and completely renovating the derelict building. Today Kettle Creek Inn, is recognized as one of Ontario’s Finest Inns, and welcomes all visitors into the village of Port Stanley.

In response to the growing greenhouse vegetable industry, Ontario Plants Propagation Limited opened for business in 2002 in Talbotville, Ontario. Ontario Plants Propagation provides greenhouse vegetable transplants for North America’s greenhouse vegetable producers, and employs up to 140 people during their busy season.

Pinecroft’s owners Brenda and Paul Smith and children, Chad and Sarah continue a family tradition of supplying Elgin County with not only quality handmade pottery, but unsurpassed country fare in their unique log tea room. 

Redi and son Roberto Quai first planted their vineyards just north of Sparta in 1972. Roberto and wife, Lisa, opened the doors of the winery in 1990 and are pleased to celebrate 26 successful years in the wine industry.

New to Ruby’s Cookhouse, but not new to the restaurant business, husband and wife Ted and Rose Fragiskatos, along with Teds brother Jason, took over the restaurant in September 2015.

Rush Creek Wines has been owned and operated by Bonnie Preece for nearly a year and a half now. Upon taking over the winery, both Bonnie and Winemaker Ron Barr have developed a unique relationship in revamping Rush Creek Wines.

Just a short walk from the sandy beaches in Port Burwell, sits Simply Scoops; a family friendly ice cream shop you don’t want to miss. Established in 1995, Simply Scoops has become a staple in the heart of Port Burwell and a hot spot to cool down on a warm summer’s day.

SoLo on Main is the newest edition to Port Stanley’s blossoming harbour front. Chef Lauren vanDixhoorn and her team have created a totally renovated space with an urban vibe and a menu to match.

Finding a home for a show horse has led to one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations. Steed & Company Lavender was created when Suzanne Steed was looking for a farm for her show horse and came upon a property outside the historical village of Sparta.
 

Caren Emery opened the doors to Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery in September of 2010 after years of enjoying baking as a hobby.

Opening ‘the Village Collective’ on Main Street Sparta was an easy transition for Canadian Artist Shelley McVittie, who’s journey began with a little gallery inside the village’s antique shop back in the late 1980s. ‘The Village Collective’ is a celebration of the artistic spirit of Sparta, reflecting high quality Canadian craftsmanship, and is quickly becoming quite the gathering place where local artisans can showcase and sell their work in a boutique style setting. 

Along a tree lined drive, nestled in amongst the flowers and apiary sits a farm store, home of Wildflowers Tea and Honey.

On the beaches of Lake Erie rests the Windjammer Inn where to dine, is to taste a small piece of culinary heaven. Owner and chef Kim Saunders sources all of her food from the growing local farm network in Elgin County.