Grace’s Traditional Foods is owned and operated by Courtney Konschuh. Her path to creating incredible garlic sausage, pepperoni, beef jerky and poppyseed rolls has not been linear.
Courtney has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a passion for studying fungi. From growing market garden veggies to researching cereal crop success, she’s spent most of her career focused on plant growth.
In 2018, Courtney purchased Grace’s Traditional Foods, a staple in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market scene, from previous owners John and Grace who were ready for retirement. After months of apprenticing with them, Courtney converted an existing space near her home into a commercial kitchen and began production. Now you can find Grace’s at both Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and our very own Bountiful Farmers’ Market!
Each week Courtney makes small batches of sausage and rolls, by hand. It takes a whole day to trim the pork ordered from a local meat producer (pork leg for sausage and pork shoulder for pepperoni). It’s important to get the right ratio of fat to meat when trimming: too much and it doesn’t have the right texture, too little and the sausage will be too dry. Once that’s done, she grinds the meat and mixes in her special blend of spices that make her sausage particularly delicious and then makes and ties each link by hand. Courtney smokes each batch of sausages over wood chips for optimal flavour every Thursday night.
While she’s making sausage, she also has to boil and drain all her poppyseeds to prep them for making rolls. Each dough rolled, filled and shaped by hand. With flavours like cranberry, chocolate and walnut, these rolls step outside the traditional box to entice customers with a new take on an old favourite.
Did you know?
Courtney trims over 330lbs of meat each week for sausage making!
Products at Market
- Poppy Seed Rolls
- Beef Jerky
- Pepperoni Sticks
- Garlic Sausage