by Marshall Ward
There’s always a bustle at the counter of Cloverleaf Farms in the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market — and there has been for decades.
The longtime market shop, located in the main market building of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market offers a huge selection of farm-fresh meats including smoked loin chops, peameal bacon, New York striploin steak, double-smoked ham, pork souvlaki, and much more.
“My son was trained in Germany as a butcher,” says Hilde Sheid, co-owner of Cloverleaf. “When he came home he decided to open his own business.”
If you’re looking for quality meat selections from a family-run local business, you’ll find everything you want at Cloverleaf: scratch-made schnitzel, kabobs, breakfast sausage, jerky, and all varieties of sausage (including, in time for Kitchener-Waterloo’s annual tradition, homemade Oktoberfest sausages).
Cloverleaf is also well-known among market patrons for their tangy sauerkraut and delicious pepperettes, in flavours like honey garlic, jalapeno, sweet and spicy, smoky bacon, teriyaki, and spicy hot.
Customers come from far and wide for Cloverleaf Farms products, confident that the quality of the product — and the customer service — is always guaranteed.
“Believe it or not,” says Sheid, “we have customers that come from Barrie, Niagara, Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, London, and Windsor!
Some of them pre-order because we have a nice store in New Hamburg right on the 7/8 highway, and then we bring it here. They’re happy with our meat because it’s still the same good quality we’ve been doing since 1984.”