Cody & Kelsie’s Veggy Patch

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These young siblings started their entreprise at a young age. Kelsie was in Mrs. Fallis’ grade 2 class when her teacher arrived to purchase some produce and found her young student manning the market stall in front of the family home. As would any good teacher, Mrs. Fallis recognized a … Continue reading

Slightly smaller Ontario apple crop volume this year, but quality will be excellent

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Ontario’s apple crop volume will be slightly lower this year compared to last, but the fruit will be larger, juicier, and more colourful. That’s what Ontario’s apple growers are seeing as they prepare to harvest the 2017 crop along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian … Continue reading

Come Celebrate 150 Years of Floating Zucchinis Down Baxter Creek

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Excitement is building for the 150th Annual Zucchini Festival, to be held Sunday, September 10 in downtown Millbrook, next to the mill on the sunny shores of Baxter Creek. Festivities begin at 12:30 and run until 4:00 p.m., or until the last zucchini has been launched from the Giant Zucchini … Continue reading

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Opening in Millbrook

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  The transformation of the former garage is almost complete.  After months of renovations, Moody’s Bar and Grill will open its doors in a stylish venue mid-September, if all goes according to plan.  The current hold up is connecting the gas supply to the restaurant equipment, as the final health … Continue reading

Two Farmers’ Markets in September

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  To celebrate and enjoy this year’s harvest, we are once again running two farmers’ markets in September.  Look for more delicious, fresh local produce on Sunday, September 10th and Sunday, September 24th. In addition to freshly picked vegetables, we have a full selection of locally raised and prepared foods … Continue reading

Frenchs’ Beef

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This June, Susan and John French celebrated their 39th year operating their farm on the 4th Line.  They produced milk with their 70 head of Holstein cattle, keeping bull calves for beef.  Raised on a farm in Cookstown, John knew what he was getting into when they purchased the farm, … Continue reading

New Vegetarian Festival Takes Root in Our Region This Fall

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I am delighted and grateful to be part of a group of local volunteers who, for the past few months, have been working very hard planning the first vegetarian festival for our region! Peterborough VegFest will be an opportunity for people in Peterborough and the Kawarthas to sample and learn … Continue reading

Public Feedback Sought on Contemporary Zoning Issues

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  At the July 5th meeting, Mark Stone of MLS Planning Consulting presented the Draft Discussion papers developed after their June public consultation to move the new Zoning By-Law project forward. Among other topics, the report discussed the issue of keeping small livestock in areas of the township where this … Continue reading

Migrant Workers Help Make Local Harvests Happen

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  Perusing the farmers’ markets comes with the satisfaction of knowing the produce is fresh, grown to exacting health standards and supports the local economy. But that’s not the whole story. Many local market garden and orchard operations rely on seasonal foreign workers to get their produce in the ground, … Continue reading

Two Farmers’ Markets in August

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It’s harvest time!  This season’s crop of fresh, delicious produce is ready for the picking.  Fresh greens, new potatoes, sweet corn, juicy ripe tomatoes, sun-kissed berries,  succulent squash – you’ll it all and much more at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market. This year, we are running two markets each during the … Continue reading

Golden Meadows Honey Comes to Zion Line

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Helen and David Nicolaou have been in the honey business for many years. They began with a single hive which arrived at their Scugog Island home as an uninvited swarm, which they quickly welcomed to their home. They now manage 100 hives and space was so limited they have established … Continue reading

Two Farmers’ Markets in July – 9th and 23rd

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Market shoppers have often requested that we increase the frequency of our monthly farmers’ markets.  So during the prime harvest months of July, August and September, the Millbrook Farmers’ Market is doubling up and hosting two markets per month. In July, the dates to circle on your calendar are Sunday, … Continue reading

Come to the Millbrook Agricultural Fair June 8th to 11th!

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Children’s Day at the 168th Millbrook Fair comes early this year thanks to a Friday PA day, so doors open at 9:30 on Thursday June 8th for students in grades 1 through 3 who will be ushered through a series of stations featuring lessons about agriculture.  Gates open for general … Continue reading

Next Market Sunday June 25

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  Do you know where your food comes from? One of our national newspapers reported last weekend that two Leamington-based food suppliers were fined millions of dollars for selling counterfeit produce.  The firms in question were repackaging and relabeling large quantities of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers primarily from Mexico and … Continue reading

Lunar Rhythm Gardens Takes the Traditional Approach to Farming in Janetville

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It has been more than eight years since Jessica Foote returned home to her family farm on Gray Road in Janetville to launch her version of a modern day mixed farm incorporating new and traditional farming techniques in her unique business. As in the days of old, some of the … Continue reading

Make Your Garden Bounty Last in an Old-fashioned Cold Cellar

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You’ve spent hours selecting the right mix of plants and seeds promising luscious, nutritious produce which will require weeks of TLC as they are planted and tended until the crops reach their peak of maturity. At that moment, gardeners are rewarded with an avalanche of vegetables that are all ready at … Continue reading

Has the Time for Water Harvesting Arrived?

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After last summer, homeowners, farmers and gardeners may be wondering what kind of weather conditions we can expect during the upcoming growing season. Those who have experienced water shortages might be getting more serious about the ancient process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is a process … Continue reading

Millbrook Farmers’ Market Returns

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Sunday April 23 with More Market Dates As we welcome, with a sigh of relief, the mounting daylight hours, the appearance of new spring buds and the invigorating songbirds, so too we welcome the return of the Millbrook Farmers’ Market on April 23. After the snow/ice/cold/wind begins to slowly fade … Continue reading