Letter to the Editor – November

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Millbrook Community Garden It is with regret that I have to write this letter, but it has to be addressed. Our great volunteers have worked diligently for years to provide fresh produce for our Food Share, rolling up sod by hand, tilling the garden, building fences and sowing seeds into … Continue reading

The Community piles on for Food Share

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Food Share Chair David Brackenridge is no longer surprised by the depth and breadth of support from our generous community when it comes to reaching out to those in need.  Donations to our local food bank come from all generations and community groups, and some of the most eager participants … Continue reading

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

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

A Modern Take on a Traditional Product

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  Susan Waldon and daughter Rachel have been offering their home made preserves at local markets for more than five years, but for Susan, preserving has been a way of life.  Growing up on a farm surrounded by the agricultural bounty of Port Dover, Susan learned to preserve almost anything … 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

Millbrook Valley Chocolates Bring Tasty Workshop to Millbrook Library

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The Fancy Nancy and Nick “Chocolate Edition” Tea Party took place Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Millbrook Branch, it was such a delight! We invited Millbrook Valley Chocolates to come and collaborate with the Library. It was a great fit, as the owners, Stephen and Jackie Flamminio have a … 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