Harvest Market Celebrations Sunday August 28

Share

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

Share

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

Share

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

Millbrook Fair Results – Beef Cattle Show

Share

Angus Champion Bull: Ron & Linda Bryant Reserve Champion Bull: Ron & Linda Bryant Champion Female: Ron & Linda Bryant Reserve Champion Female: Ron & Linda Bryant Charolais Champion Bull- Baker Farms Reserve Champion Bull- Sharodon Farm Champion Female: Baker Farms Reserve Champion Female: Sharodon Farm Hereford Champion Bull: Grant … Continue reading

Which wheat? Winter, Spring, Red or White, Hard or Soft?

Share

While many farmers are hoping this recently arrived fine weather continues to dry out and warm up the soil so they can start planting, some crops have been in the ground since September.   Winter wheat is planted from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere while spring wheat goes into … Continue reading

Why aren’t more young people farming?

Share

  It’s the perennial question. Last month this paper ran a profile on the young family at Puddle Duck Farm, an organic operation in Millbrook producing honey, maple syrup, vegetables, cut flowers and more. While stories like theirs aren’t popping up in the same abundance as dandelions in spring, younger … Continue reading

Mr. October: Norm Lamothe of Woodleigh Farms

Share

Karen Graham It’s not a position Norm ever expected to be in- the face of October on a glossy calendar. But there he is, selected to represent Ontario Grain farm operators who are finding ways to incorporate traditional farming approaches with modern sensitivities and techniques. Published by Farm & Food … Continue reading

Dunmore Farms Goes to the Royal Winter Fair

Share

Karen Graham For Gregg Frederick, going to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto this week is old hat- been there, done that. He has even walked away with some top awards, having won Bull Calf Champion in 2011. That has not dampened his enthusiasm for this annual ritual which requires … Continue reading

Apple-Fever is Setting In

Share

Sarah Sobanski Chances are that as October gets underway, you’ve been apple picking, or like many drooling Canadians, you’ve been patient for fresh locally grown apples to appear in bushels at grocery stores across the province. Apples are a long standing favourite dating back to prehistoric times, originally cultivated as … Continue reading

Local Action Taken to Protect Our Roots

Share

Melodie Seto The Canadian landscape has undergone many transformations over the past centuries, but how many people can still remember what our land ofheritage used to look like? Tallgrass prairies in particular may be one of the less distinguished types of grasslands that made up the eastern part of our … Continue reading

The End of an Era?

Share

Karen Graham Saturday was a beautiful but difficult day for Shirley Challice.  After recently losing her husbandof many years, Shirley was parting with some of her personal belongings in an auction on the farm she and Roger where they had raised their family, paring down in preparation for a new … Continue reading

Ahead of the Curve: Local Farmers Produce Premium Beans for Export Markets

Share

Karen Graham There are hundreds of acres around the township planted with Adzuki beans destined for Japan. One of these farmers, Paul Shaughnessy of Bailiboro, began producing the popular Asian bean five years ago under contract with the Hensall and District Co-op located in southwestern Ontario which has managed bean … Continue reading

Where Does Your Trout Come From?

Share

Melodie Seto Linwood Acres Trout Farm was first established in Campbellcroft about 45 years ago and is open to the public all year round. Located on approximately 15 acres with 3 sets of springs running through the land, it is the ideal place to raise trout. With 15 ponds and … Continue reading

More Dialogue Will help Agriculture’s Threatened Reputation

Share

Karen Graham Going back just a few generations, most people had a direct connection to the farm and understood how the food chain worked. If you didn’t grow up on a farm, you had relatives or friends who did, so there was a basic understanding of what farmers do.  Because … Continue reading