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The Apple, and How it Gets That Way

The Apple, and How it Gets That Way By Joan Hebb Have you ever really thought much about where apples come from? You might think that they are just like corn or flowers; plant a seed and you will have some apples. Well, apples are a little more interesting and complicated than that. Let’s explore the wild world of apples. Apples are part of the rose family and originated in Central Asia. They were brought to North America by European colonists hundreds of years ago. Apples have a purpose, beyond being a tasty snack for people and horses. Apples are…
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Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World

Dinner Out: Scott Goes to the Best Restaurant in the World By Scott Campbell Every year, Paris-based organization La Liste announces its list of the best restaurants in the world, and last November it awarded two restaurants first-place recognition: Le Bernardin in New York City, and Guy Savoy in Paris. And yours truly was already planning a spring trip to New York, so I made sure we went through the lengthy and complicated reservation process, and were able to secure two seats at Le Bernardin. The outside of Le Bernardin isn’t as austere as one might imagine the “Best Restaurant…
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Recipe: Chicken Shawarma

Recipe: Chicken Shawarma By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com I went back to school last month at Central Kings Rural High! It was time to take the lessons I learned improving school lunch at Berwick’s primary-grade 8 school and apply them to a new challenge. I have to say it was daunting to walk into a new environment after getting so cozy at Berwick, but again the administration and cafeteria staff were incredibly welcoming, friendly, and ready for change. We got straight to work with a fantastic group of students chopping a slew of vegetables…
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Wolfville Farmers Market’s Zero Waste Initiative Results in Huge Waste Reduction

Wolfville Farmers Market’s Zero Waste Initiative Results in Huge Waste Reduction By Ethan Lang In the first four months of 2019, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market has increased its focus on environmental responsibility, implementing a new Zero Waste Initiative to decrease its weekly output to the landfill. The new initiative, in the words of market manager Kelly Marie Redcliffe, “aims to eliminate as many single-use items as possible, especially ones that aren’t recyclable or compostable.” The market had already instituted several ways of accomplishing this goal prior to the Zero Waste program; as early as 2017 they reduced the number of…
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Dinner Out: The Church Brewing Company

Dinner Out: The Church Brewing Company By Scott Campbell Okay – put on your Sunday best and get to the church on time because you really don’t want to miss a minute of this fantastic new eating and drinking establishment now open in Wolfville. If you’ve been in Wolfville in the last few months you probably noticed the amazing transformation that happened at the former United Church on Main Street. After eagerly waiting for the doors to open I was able to join some friends for a fantastic evening of food and drink at the Church Brewing Company. Here are…
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Featurepreneur: Something New for Valley Taste Buds!

Featurepreneur: Something New for Valley Taste Buds! By Genevieve Allen Hearn FreshO opened in Kentville this past winter, but it felt like they were bringing an early glimpse of spring to town. The restaurant, which is bright and casual, offers fresh and healthy items including fruit smoothies, salads, shawarma plates, and falafel. Opened by Case Rahim, FreshO is located on River Street next to Case’s other business, Case Cuts. The Grapevine wanted to know more! The Grapevine (GV): You run a barber shop called Case Cuts, and recently opened FreshO. What inspired you to open a second business? Case Rahim…
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Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019!

Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019! There’s a Burger War happening and we want you to be a part of it! For the month of April over 45 restaurants from Windsor to Digby will be participating in Burger Wars for Campaign for Kids! Here’s how it works: Go to any one of the restaurants we will have listed and order the designated burger. Log on to campaignforkids.com/burgerwars to add your comments, and rate the burgers between April 1 and 30. At the end of the month, the restaurant with the top ratings will be awarded a fun burger-themed trophy and…
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Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways

Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Hello, delicious 1980s dinner party fare! It had been way too long since I’d tasted French onion soup. I don’t think I have ever even made this for my family, although I’ve cooked cauldrons full of it at the restaurant, where our recipe included a complicated vegetable stock involving mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and soy. I wanted to make it way way way simpler and still swoony. I first tried making this with homemade chicken stock, since that’s what I had, and it was…
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In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch Springtime is a celebration of all things new. Here’s a list of amazing new businesses that have opened or are opening in the Valley this spring! FreshO, Kentville The Valley lacks a good shawarma place no more! FreshO offers smoothies, shawarma and falafel plates, delicious baklava and more! Located at 19 River Street in Kentville. facebook.com/freshovill/ Girliture, Kentville We can’t wait for the brick and mortar version of Girliture to open! Tanya Owen has run this home-based, online business in Kentville for years, and specializes in custom pillows and cozy curated…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist When was the last time you spent an hour or more outside in nature, connecting to another being? In today’s technological world, most of us don’t do it often enough. Getting outside and making connections can be simple, powerful, and healing. American Biologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to explain why connecting with others in the natural world is so fundamental. Wilson’s publications, Biophilia (1984) and The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993) suggest that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature…
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