Beware! The country roads of the Lanaudière region will bewitch foodies and gourmets alike! Among the many producers of this patchwork of treats is a farm devoted to raising bison and elk in Rawdon. Preferring a close relationship with its customers, as demonstrated by the business’s use of the direct sales approach, Terre des Bisons is currently preparing to open a large-game interpretation centre. The first room opened this summer and the rest of the centre will open in 2016. La Courgerie de Sainte-Élisabeth is another original place to visit. A hundred or so squash varieties and other cucurbits are grown and processed at this farm where friendly gardeners share their culinary discoveries with visitors. You’ll find the store at Val Notre-Dame Abbey in Saint-Jean-de-Matha equally tantalizing. The Oka monks took up residence at the abbey in 2009, and the store’s diversity of local products will encourage you to indulge. Fill your basket at these and other stops along the five gourmet routes.
Rawdon | www.terredesbisons.com
Sainte-Élisabeth | www.lacourgerie.com
Saint-Jean-de-Matha | www.abbayevalnotredame.ca