Take a sausage-making workshop from Lanark County’s sausage king

If you love sausages and you’re familiar with the Ottawa Valley, you’ve probably already heard of Don St. John from Don’s Meat Market. The unofficial “sausage king” of Lanark County, has been making specialty sausages at his Almonte butcher shop for more than a decade, and his reputation for producing a high-quality, flavourful and unique sausage has spread far and wide.

Sausages are one of those specialty products people will drive for miles to find, which means customers at Don’s Meat Market come from throughout the Ottawa Valley, on the hunt for some excellent sausages and other meat products.

So what’s the attraction? It turns out there’s a lot of reasons to recommend sausages from Don’s Meat Market.

To begin with, everything is made in-house at Don’s Meat Market, with a focus on using only the best natural, locally sourced and fresh products in every sausage. Handmade using natural pork casing and only the finest ingredients around, these sausages are something to savour!

Quality cuts of locally sourced pork are the prime ingredient in sausages from Don’s Meat Market where they really take the local focus to the next level. The maple chipotle sausage uses local maple syrup found at Fortune Farms, only a short drive from Almonte, while the honey garlic uses locally sourced honey from Polk’s Honey, in Pakenham.

Visitors will appreciate the wide variety of sausage types and flavours, including interesting combinations like maple chipotle, sundried tomato and basil, garlic chorizo, or the ever-popular maple bacon sausage! Old favourites like hot or mild Italian, polish, chorizo, sweet Italian, honey garlic, garlic chorizo, or Oktoberfest sausages will satisfy every sausage-lover’s palate. Some are even gluten-free!

Featured on CTV Ottawa Morning Live in 2012, word of mouth has spread news of Don’s Meat Market’s sausages far and wide. In fact, for the true sausage fan, St. John also offers workshops to pass on his sausage-making secrets to groups of six to eight who want to learn how to make sausages themselves at home!

Imagine spending an evening gathered with friends and family and learning all about sausage making straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak)! Add in a case of beer or a bottle of wine and you have the makings for an unusual evening out after which you can put your newly-learned sausage-making skills to work at home. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

So what are you waiting for? It’s always barbecue time at Don’s Meat Market! To book a group for the sausage-making workshop call 613-256-6801.