Everyone’s got their favourite, go-to spots around town. My list has dwindled considerably since going paleo / primal (sigh, no more shmancy bakeries). However, if it’s sausages I’m after, then it’s off the Granville Island market to a little shop called Oyama Sausage Company.
High quality ingredients
One of the reasons I like Oyama is they understand the importance of high quality ingredients. From their website,
“Slower growing, pasture-raised heritage breeds provide healthier meat that is also much more flavorful.”
Sounds pretty primal to me. They do have some certified organic products, and many others are made from free-range animals from BC and Alberta that are raised medication-free. The animals’ diets are vegetable based and and contain no growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal byproducts. Also, no fillers or binders are added, and only natural herbs and spices are used. Additionally, here’s what they say about their Green Label Products, which account for a large portion of their selection:
Our green label products are made with specially selected meats, sea salt, herbs and
spices, honey or organic sugar and, in some cases, wine or starter cultures.
We do not add any nitrates or nitrites to our green label products.
Venison sausage with chocolate and cherries, anyone?
Their product list is quite extensive, varying from prosciutto style meats, to sausages, pates and bacon. If it’s variety after, you’ve come to the right place. A quick scan of their meats shows buffalo, rabbit, venison, elk, and wild boar. Their specialty products include black pudding, haggis, and pickled head cheese.
The only real caveat is that the prices are a little steep – but that’s no surprise for the locals, Granville Island isn’t exactly known for its bargains (and Oyama is apparently the highest grossing vendor in the market) .
Expect the place to be busy – but it’s definitely worth the wait in line. You don’t have to take my word for it – check it out next time you’re in Vancouver (and check out these 4.5 star yelp reviews, too.).
As for me, this time around I settled on some turkey kielbasa, venison prosciutto, and some fresh venison blueberry uncooked sausages. Unfortunately, the venison with chocolate and cherries that I had spotted on their product list wasn’t available – I can’t think of a better reason to go back soon…