Next Farmers’ Market July 22

Next Farmers’ Market July 22
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If you haven’t yet been to the Millbrook Farmers’ Market, here are a few reasons to whet your appetite. The produce at the market is fresh – often picked that very morning.  It is at or very near its peak of ripeness.  If you haven’t eaten farm fresh produce before, … Continue reading

Clement Poultry and Orchards Comes to the Millbrook Farmers’ Market

Clement Poultry and Orchards Comes to the Millbrook Farmers’ Market
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While Clement Poultry and Orchards may be a recent addition to our local farmers’ market, they are not new to the business.  This family farm has been owned and operated in the Newcastle area by the Clement family since 1948.  The family also operates booths at the Friday Oshawa and … Continue reading

Food Charters: Designing Our Own Local Food System

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There’s been a lot in the news lately about local food and farming and so last week’s celebrations for Ontario’s fifth annual Local Food Week seems perfectly timed to promote the good things that are grown, made and harvested right here in Peterborough and in Ontario.  I am hoping that … Continue reading

Plant a Forest, Help Clean the Air

Plant a Forest, Help Clean the Air
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Eleanor Reed is planting a forest on a private property south of Millbrook.  A licensed Forest Consultant and registered professional Forester, she helps property owners do their part in reducing their carbon footprint by transforming open, fallow fields into true forests, converting these spaces into carbon sponges for many years … Continue reading

Walton Wood Products Make You Feel Good Inside and Out

Walton Wood Products Make You Feel Good Inside and Out
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  Walton Wood Farm founder Leslie Scott has something to prove and she’s not done yet.  When she pitched her firm on the 11th season of the Dragon’s Den series, she received more offers than the program aired.  One dragon offered to buy her out completely, but Leslie wasn’t interested … Continue reading

New Spinning Star Block Quilt Welcomes Visitors Entering the Village

New Spinning Star Block Quilt Welcomes Visitors Entering the Village
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Another block quilt telling the story of the area has been installed at the home of Ray and Fran Lowery on County Rd 21 West.    This traditional quilt pattern is the oddly named “Spinning Star”; and its origins are unclear.  However, with only a little imagination the rays of the … Continue reading

Meet one of the New Vendors Coming to the Millbrook Farmers’ Market

Meet one of the New Vendors Coming to the Millbrook Farmers’ Market
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With a background in grain crops, Jamie Ferguson transitioned his farming business into vegetables four years ago, and the Ferguson family is now firmly ensconced in the market gardening.  They have also taken over the seasonally operated Garden Hill Market which has been operating for more than 40 years. The … Continue reading

Farm Show

Farm Show
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In addition to the shiny equipment encouraging dreams of better yields and more comfortable rides, there was also plenty of advice available regarding crops, farm finances, fertilizers, cattle breeds, maple syrup production and government support programs at the annual event.  For most attendees, the show also provided a welcome opportunity … Continue reading

50 Million Trees Project Helps Landowners Implement Large-Scale Tree Planting Projects

50 Million Trees Project Helps Landowners Implement Large-Scale Tree Planting Projects
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The Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program was inspired by global efforts to plant billions of trees worldwide each year, but has been designed with Ontario landowners in mind.  The objective is to plant 50 million trees by 2025, and so far more than 4,000 landowners have become involved in … Continue reading

Local Bull Earns Top Prize in US National Show

Local Bull Earns Top Prize in US National Show
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  Steve Burgomaster compares his prize bull’s latest achievement to winning the Super Bowl.  In January, his Charolais bull Double Vision from Sharodon Farm in Omemee won the 2018 US National Reserve Champion Bull title. The weekend event also included the national stock sale.  In the semen auction, Double Vision … Continue reading

Now That’s Perseverance! Local Farms Celebrate 150 Years

Now That’s Perseverance! Local Farms Celebrate 150 Years
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  Two Cavan area farmers have recently received commemorative plaques acknowledging their family’s more than 150 years of dedication to farming in the township.  Recipients Allan Bigelow and Murray Foster who are both 4th generation farmers on original parcels purchased by their great- great- grandfathers. The award was launched in … Continue reading

Boosting Veggies and Fruit with Kids – Doing it Together!

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Are you and your family getting enough veggies and fruit? Does the thought of encouraging kids to eat vegetables and fruit make your heart rate go up? Meal and snack times can sometimes feel stressful for parents and caregivers. Healthy Kids Community Challenge Peterborough has tips and tricks for you, … Continue reading

A New Generation of Farmers Investing in the Future at Alona Farms

A New Generation of Farmers Investing in the Future at Alona Farms
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  A few years ago, Cathy and Rick Carl moved from Cathy’s parents’ home farm on Zion Line to allow their daughter Melissa, her husband Mike Harrigan and their growing family to take their turn in the home that has been in Cathy’s family for generations.  Originally owned by her … Continue reading