Elgin County resident Evelyn Littlejohn is passionate about high quality meat products.
For the past twenty years she has been the sole proprietor of Evelyn’s Sausage Kitchen, a free standing meat processing facility and shop on Talbot Line in the heart of Shedden, ON. The facility produces approximately 500 lbs of sausage every week and each sausage made is the work of Littlejohn herself.
Quality is of the utmost importance at Evelyn’s Sausage Kitchen where all products sold are made from 85% lean meat. As a resident of a farming community it is important to Littlejohn that she supports local farmers therefore her products are made from Ontario raised beef and pork. The facility is regularly inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) and always meets all provincial standards.
"My sausages are made with lean meats,” explains Littlejohn. “I source high quality ingredients and my customers can tell the difference."
The facility produces exclusive sausage flavours that cannot be found anywhere else and all are made with Littlejohn’s own special blends of herbs and spices. Products sold include: several varieties of sausage such as Oktoberfest, Farmers, Breakfast, Hot Italian and Honey Garlic that are perfect to throw on the BBQ on a hot summer day. Pepperoni sticks, old fashioned ham and bacon, beef jerky, old fashioned dry smoked pork chops, lunch meat, smoked sausages, hamburger patties in the summer months and Littlejohn’s best selling Polish Coil round out the offerings. During hunting season Evelyn’s Sausage Kitchen also does custom orders processing game meat under OMAF guidelines.
All products can be purchased locally at the facility’s storefront in Shedden. Select products can also be found at Foodland locations in West Lorne, Rodney, Dutton, Glencoe and Bothwell where the Polish Coil is so popular that customers line up to purchase it at the deli counter and have been known to refer to it as “a piece of Evelyn’s”. Not only are these specialty meats popular locally but Evelyn’s Sausage Kitchen has also developed a devoted customer base from Windsor in the west all the way east to Toronto.
It is the sense of community that Littlejohn most enjoys about doing business in Shedden.
"I love the local people," she says. "I have gotten to know my customers over the past twenty years and they’ve become like family."
Littlejohn is modest about her businesses’ success explaining that she lets the customer decide for themselves if they like her product, and after twenty years they must because they keep coming back for more.