Pinewynd Farm Turns Back the Clock Raising Heritage Pigs

Tom Staples has gone back to his farming roots, raising heritage pigs on the family farm in Cavan. He takes an old-fashioned approach to his work: his pigs spend most of their days outdoors, touring the 96 acre property in the rolling hills, grazing on walnuts, apples, pears, grubs, roots,… Continue reading

Next Farmers’ Market Sunday October 27

Who knew there were more than 1,500 different varieties of eggplants?  At least three kinds were on offer at last Sunday’s market – the large Black Beauty, an elongated Asian/Japanese type and a white fleshed Caspar.  It’s interesting to see all of the unique and unusual produce being grown by… Continue reading

New Regulations Designed to Preserve Biosecurity on the Farm

Last month, the Ontario farm community was reminded to take firm steps to prevent unwanted trespassers from entering their farm because of the biosecurity threat they present. Visitors to farms, both invited and not, are a growing trend in rural Ontario as consumers become more interested in understanding the source… Continue reading

Next Farmers’ Market Sunday September 22

It was a perfect summer day at last Sunday’s Farmers’ Market.  The Old Millbrook School parking lot was a sea of colour.  Tables were laden with fresh fruits and vegetables, including cartons of just picked corn.  Various hues of honey jars and maple syrup sparkled in the sun, as did… Continue reading

Late Summer Garden

“Up from the meadows rich with corn, Clear in the cool September morn.” John Greenleaf Whittier There are many things to celebrate in the late summer garden. My favourite Colour Fashion sunflowers are finally blooming in many shades of bronze and only one lone yellow. The brilliant fuchsia coloured nicotines… Continue reading

Reggie’s Hot Grill Serves up Fresh

Reggie’s Hot Grill is a family affair for Steve, Carolyn Effer and their daughters Myra and Abigail, shown above serving happy customers at last month’s Millbrook Farmers’ market.  The couple returned to the area from Toronto seeking to raise their daughters in a small town environment as they had done. … Continue reading