Every season, the reopening of the Peterborough Downtown Farmer’s Market signals that spring is finally here. On Wednesday May 4, the weekly market will officially reopen in the Louis Street Lot, marking its 19th year in operation and the return of an abundant source of local food in the heart of our city.
Ontario foodies be advised: Monday June 1 marked the official start of Local Food Week. For the next six days, people in communities across the province will raise their plates in celebration of good things grown, picked and processed in our region.
In 2009, Keene was ranked "prettiest town in Canada" by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine due to its distinct blend of rustic shops, skilled artisans, beautiful gardens, and rich history. All these unique features will be highlighted tomorrow, May 15th, when the Keene Farmers' Market re-opens for the 2015 season
Big yellow taxi was one of the first Canadian songs I learned. A friend of mine had a copy of Ladies of the Canyon where the song was first released. Its environmental theme appealed to me and its catchy chorus became forever etched into my memory. From that point on, any cursory glance at parking lots would bring back Joni Mitchell’s playful alliteration:
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.
For the past 11 years, ReFrame Film Festival has served us an amazing platter of engaging, insightful, moving and tasty stories. Every year the Festival helps us gain a deeper understanding of critical issues related to human rights, the arts, environment and social justice, all framed through the lens of the best film-makers in Canada and beyond. This time, festival organizers sprinkled an extra dosage of delicious offerings: nine food films! Truly a bumper crop!
While Greening Your Plate you may be interested in discovering how you can Green Your Week. As you will see from the calendar, there are many activities for everyone. I had the opportunity, yesterday, to join community gardeners at the Stewart Street garden.
For the past 9 months, St Andrew's United Church in Peterborough has been the site of a mouth-watering pilot project called A Taste of Nourish. Every other week until September and weekly since then, participants have been invited to enroll in cooking classes designed to grow access to healthy food and enhance food skills. Participants' feedback and a recently conducted evaluation have taught us that this initiative is having a positive impact.
I love the Fall for its bountiful offering of sweet and tart new apples. Farmers' markets are teeming with an abundant diversity of varieties that one can try. I love to eat different types of apples, raw or cooked, in savory dishes or sweet ones. Do all these apples keep the doctor away? I'm not sure they always do. Reading Michael Pollen's The Botany of Desire, I learned that this old slogan was purposely promoted by apple growers during the prohibition era. The banning of alcohol consumption threatened the livelihood of apple growers who were heavily invested in the product
Here is a new post submitted by Nourish County Connections staff member, Leni Rautiainen.
One of the newest farmers' markets to sprout this season is in the award-winning farm community of Otonabee South Monaghan.
Nestled in the agricultural heartland of Peterborough County, the Keene Farmers' Market is running as a pilot project on long-weekend Fridays, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Lions Den, 1137 Heritage Line (just north of the four corners).