Last Farmers’ Market Sunday, October 23

Last Farmers’ Market Sunday, October 23
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We had a gorgeous fall day for our September market last Sunday. People were strolling about taking in the day’s warmth and sunshine. In spite of this season’s draught, our vendors had a beautiful selection of fresh, colourful produce. Tables were also full of all kinds of jarred preserves, baked … Continue reading

Steve Brackenridge Signs On as Local OFA Director

Steve Brackenridge Signs On as Local OFA Director
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His responsibilities do not officially begin until the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Annual General Meeting in November, but Brackenridge is already unofficially on the job as the OFA Director for Durham, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton region. With his trademark humility, he explains that his term will begin with “a … Continue reading

Strange Outbreak Hits Local Zucchini Patch

Strange Outbreak Hits Local Zucchini Patch
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Gordon Nomekuz has been farming in this area for over 40 years but this season has presented him with a unique challenge. And it isn’t the drought. “Darnedest thing I ever saw,” Gord says, as we walk through 67 acres of beans, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. “I planted them … Continue reading

Market Vendors: The Sorichetti Homestead

Market Vendors: The Sorichetti Homestead
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Market vendors Lou and Tamara Sorichetti are brave souls. A week after moving into their farm on Solanum Way outside Pontypool from Ajax last summer, they purchased 14 goats. Theirs is a mixed herd of dairy goats they somehow find the time to milk each day, between Lou’s day job, … Continue reading

Local Maple Syrup Producers Host Summer Tour

Local Maple Syrup Producers Host Summer Tour
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This year the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (OMSPA) celebrated 50 years in business at their Annual General Meeting held at Trent University on the weekend of July 15th.   During the three-day event, producers took time to visit some local “sugar shacks” to see how it’s done around here. After … Continue reading

Provincial Soil Mapping Initiative Begins In Peterborough Cty

Provincial Soil Mapping Initiative Begins In Peterborough Cty
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On July 5th, over 80 people joined Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal, Land Resource Specialists, 20 young 4H club members from Norwood and Peterborough, local farmers and other dignitaries to meet at Dorisdale Farms, home of Carolyn and Peter Doris to discuss a new soil … Continue reading

Harvest Market Celebrations Sunday August 28

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I can’t believe that there are only three more markets left this season. How can that be? I was only just anticipating the start of another great season of eating local, courtesy of the wonderful makers, bakers and growers who are the Millbrook Farmers’ Market. My anticipation though continues to … Continue reading

Comment – It’s Complicated

Comment – It’s Complicated
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There are some troubling signs in the world these days. People are turning inward, focussed on their own well-being, shrugging off perceived burdens that are holding them back. Brexit is threatening to unravel the entire European Union, Trump is proposing walls, and closer to home there is evidence that political … Continue reading

Millbrook Fair Results – Homecraft Winners

Millbrook Fair Results – Homecraft Winners
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Baking Date Nut Loaf- 1st-Annette Challice 2nd-Judy Churcher 3rd- Gayle Martin Fruit Loaf- 1st -Annette Chaliice 2nd– Kim Wilson 3rd-Gayle Martin Rhubarb Struesel Muffins- 1st-Judy Chucher 2nd-Gayle Martin 3rd-Lois Moffatt Cinnamon Rolls-1st-Lois Moffatt 2nd– Annette Challice Favorite Muffin- 1st– Judy Churcher 2nd-Lois Moffatt 3rd-Gayle Martin Scones-1st-Lois Moffatt 2nd-Annette Challice Chocolate … Continue reading