Column: Working at the Manotick Village Butcher

March 14, 2012

Last Thursday, I spent the day working at the Manotick Village Butcher in my eighth job in my Councillor For Hire series.  The whole intent in doing this monthly was to get a feel for different jobs throughout Rideau-Goulbourn and to interact with residents/customers while doing these jobs.  To date, I think my day at the Village Butcher was my most hands on experience, and I mean that quite literally.

I arrived for work at 9:30am and quickly stocked the Bekings Eggs and Cochrane’s Dairy products that had just been delivered.  I also did a little reorganizing of some shelves, which you could say is an old force of habit from my days in retail.  One thing I never did before in any job, though, is grinding meat, something with which my two chef brothers have much more experience than I.  After using the grinder to prepare some of Manotick Village Butcher’s famous beef and bacon burgers, I got all set up to prepare dog food.  Now this is not something I necessarily expected to be doing on this day but it was an experience to say the least.  Chicken and bones going through the grinder is one thing, but feeding the liver and lamb’s lung through is something else.  All to say, I prepared a delicious meal that will keep your dog healthy and active.

It really is non-stop work for the butchers at the Manotick Village Butcher and the knowledge it takes to do this job is astounding.  I look at the butcher’s table and I see a cow, he sees flank steaks, hanger steaks, skirt steaks, and beef burgers.  Getting the right cut of beef truly is a skill and we reap the rewards on our barbecues and our grills.  This is also one job where it really is quite nice to take your work home with you.  All weekend, I was well fed with hanger steaks, beef and bacon burgers, English style bacon, not to mention the Cochrane’s chocolate milk I bought too.

If you’ve never been to the Manotick Village Butcher, it is located at 5556 Manotick Main Street.  If you are a big supporter of shopping local, this is your one stop shop for many great items.  All the meat products are guaranteed to be from Eastern Ontario, with their beef products coming from O’Brien Farms in Morewood and Shima’s Farms in Winchester.  As I mentioned earlier, you can also get eggs and dairy products at the Manotick Village Butcher, again all from local producers.  Not only that, there is coffee from the NoGo Coffee Company, strawberry jam from Shouldice Farms, as well as local granola products and various sauces.

I’d like to thanks co-owners James and Elizabeth for allowing me to work for you for the day and also a big thanks to my fellow employees last Thursday, Dave and Cheryl.  If you’d like more information about the Manotick Village Butcher, please visit their website and you can also follow them on Twitter @manotickbutcher.

Having already worked eight jobs, I have ten more requests to have me work for a day as it seems this Councillor For Hire thing has really taken off.  In April, I’ll be working at the Kingsway Health Centre in Manotick.  Other upcoming employment experiences are Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, Miller’s Oven, Marlborough Pub & Eatery, Baker’s Bean, Richmond Co-operative Nursery School, and Tubman Funeral Homes.  Just to throw in some messy jobs, I’ll also spend a day at the City’s Trail Road Landfill and the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre, which processes all of your sewage.  I am very much looking forward to these and many more experiences.

Richmond Cooperative Nursery School Open House

Speaking of the Richmond Cooperative Nursery School, they’ll be hosting an open house on March 21, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm.  The Nursery School is located in the basement of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church located at 3529 McBean Street.  Everyone is welcome to stop by the school to meet the teachers and speak to parents. 

Learn about the Nursery School’s fun, stimulating programs for toddlers and pre-schoolers.  There is also a summer program!  For more information, visit: or call 613-838-2575.  Registration Packages will be available. 

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