It’s summer: Let’s eat, let’s drink outside in Beauce, Quebec

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Summer in Quebec is a special time.

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After months of cold and snow, the sun and warm weather is something to celebrate and appreciate.

In these pleasant conditions, nothing better than fresh food and drinks, to be enjoyed with friends and family in an outdoor setting.

My wife Ruth and I were able to enjoy three of the places in the Beauce region, south of Quebec, that embrace this mix of fresh air, fresh food, and cold drinks.

A tractor pulls wagons to and from the apple orchards of Le Verger à Ti-Paul in Saint-Elzéar, Quebec.  (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH)
A tractor pulls wagons to and from the apple orchards of Le Verger à Ti-Paul in Saint-Elzéar, Quebec. (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH) Photo by Ruth Demirdjian Duench /Ruth Demirdjian Duench

The Orchard at Ti-Paul (levergeratipaul.com) is a great place for an afternoon family outing.

Hitch a ride in a tractor-drawn cart to the fields, where you can pick your own fruit. Depending on the time of year, there are blueberries, raspberries, pears, apples, pumpkins and squash waiting to be harvested.

There is a sign in front of each row of apple trees describing the type of apples, the best time to harvest them, how they taste and what to use them for (like in a pie).

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Back in the main compound, there is a petting zoo for young children.

For socializing and relaxing, there’s Le Fumoir (serving chicken and ribs), a bistro, and a picnic area. This year there are also live music performances on Thursdays.

Le Verger à Ti-Paul also sells ciders, pies and other pastries, such as Beaver tail (beaver tails). You can’t get away from the tantalizing smells of freshly baked pies inside their main building.

A Neapolitan vegetable pizza at Bleuetière Marland in Sainte-Marie, Que.  (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH)
A Neapolitan vegetable pizza at Bleuetière Marland in Sainte-Marie, Que. (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH) Photo by Ruth Demirdjian Duench /Ruth Demirdjian Duench

There is also a pick-your-own option for strawberries, blueberries and haskaps at Bleuetière Marland (bleutieremarland.com), but the best reason to visit is the Neapolitan pizza and ice cream.

Stéphane Fortier learned to make pizza in Australia. He uses seasonal products to create his pizza menu. He even “went to Naples to eat pizza for three weeks” to refine his way of presenting his creations.

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While waiting for the pizzas to cook, patrons can sit at one of the many nearby picnic tables, head to the children’s play area, or stroll through an enclosed area where goats are kept, chickens, sheep, rabbits and ducks.

A soft serve waffle ice cream cone was a sweet way to end the visit.

A raspberry-vanilla ice cream cone at Bleuetière Marland in Sainte-Marie, Quebec.  (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH)
A raspberry-vanilla ice cream cone at Bleuetière Marland in Sainte-Marie, Quebec. (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH) Photo by Ruth Demirdjian Duench /Ruth Demirdjian Duench

Frampton Brasse (framptonbrasse.com) is a neighboring brewery, which sells its products to local bars and restaurants (including Bleuetière Marland). The owners brew and bottle their 17 brands on site, and even grow their own barley.

Its outdoor terrace, located on a hill, offers a beautiful view of the forest below.

Food is not normally served there, but on some summer Saturdays this year, a food truck will be there for “Bière et Bouffe”.

The view of cows and the forest from the terrace of the Frampton Brasse brewery in Frampton, Quebec.  (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH)
The view of cows and the forest from the terrace of the Frampton Brasse brewery in Frampton, Quebec. (RUTH ​​DEMIRDJIAN DUENCH) Photo by Ruth Demirdjian Duench /Ruth Demirdjian Duench

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