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A Year of School Food

A Year of School Food By Jenny Osburn School’s out and Annapolis Valley cafeterias have closed their doors for summer! Let me tell you, it has been QUITE A YEAR working in school food in the Annapolis Valley. I’ve gotten to know some very kind and hardworking “lunch ladies,” learned how to use the giant steam kettle at my old high school, and helped to feed lots of really excited kids (and staff!) At Berwick School we’ve hosted plenty of interested visitors, many of whom have taken ideas back to their own schools and communities. Starting with inspiration from Valley…
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Wild Eats Adventure: Foraging the Farm for Weeds

Wild Eats Adventure: Foraging the Farm for Weeds By Avery Peters Farming and foraging are closely related: it just takes a different way of looking at what’s growing around you. What some gardeners and farmers hope to eradicate, others see as something delicious. One thing that I have learned since starting my own garden is that you get a lot more than you intend to grow. Many people call these unintended plants weeds, but I’m starting to think about many of these plants differently, especially since over the last year I have been hosting, planning, and helping out with Chef…
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Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley

Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley By Lindsey Reddin July 11 – July 25 Strawberries: Most strawberries are $1-2/quart. Bring your own boxes or buy them on-site. Expected end of season is late July. Hours are often dependent on field conditions. Bob Ansems Upick 1949 Lakewood Rd Steam Mill, open 8am-8pm 902-679-0757 bobansemsupick.com Evan’s Family Farm Market 13842 Hwy 1 Wilmot, open 8am-5pm 902-825-3284 or facebook Kennie’s Strawberry Farm 1164 Upper Church St Kentville, open at 8am 902-680-1013 kenniesfarm.com Morse’s Farm (Anthony Morse) 114 Main St Berwick, open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm 902-538-8446…
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On The Cover: teBogt’s Produce & Meat

teBogt’s Produce & Meat is run by Emily teBogt. teBogt started her business at the age of 18 in 2011. She grows a few acres of vegetables and maintains a small flock of sheep, laying hens, and a pig herd on her family’s dairy and poultry farm in Grand Pre. teBogt grows everything she sells. Vegetables are grown without the use of chemical herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizer. She uses composted livestock manure, non-gmo seeds, plastic mulch, greenhouses, tractor power, crop rotation and biological pest control, and says teBogt, “lots of human power.” Her laying hens live in the barn in…
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A Brief History of ArtCan Gallery and Café

A Brief History of ArtCan Gallery and Café By Ron Hayes When my family first came to Nova Scotia I noticed there were very few places to exhibit art in the Valley, and nowhere to buy basic art supplies. I decided to create an art gallery and art supply shop. ArtCan was born out of this idea in 2001. After a couple of years we required a bigger space, so we purchased the old MacDonald Chisholm building by the park in Canning. While renovating this building we added a café and reopened in 2004. There have been many adjustments over…
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Small Farm Spotlight: Tipsy Toad Grove Farm

Small Farm Spotlight: Tipsy Toad Grove Farm Tipsy Toad Grove is a small mixed farm in Tremont, Nova Scotia. They are regular vendors at both the Kentville and Wolfville Farmers’ Markets. The Grapevine: Tell us about yourself: Sue Earle (SE): I run Tipsy Toad Grove Farm with help from my husband Troy Turple. Our farm is in Tremont ( home of the Tremont World’s Fair), near Greenwood. I’ve always been a bit of a foodie and in recent years I developed a real passion for sustainable food systems and food sovereignty. Everything we do on our farm takes into consideration…
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Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley

Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley By Lindsey Reddin June 27 – July 11: Strawberries Most strawberries are $1-2/quart. Bring your own boxes or buy them on-site. Expected season start is early July. Hours are often dependent on field conditions, so call before you head out. Bob Ansems Upick 1949 Lakewood Road, Steam Mill 8am-8pm 902-679-0757 bobansemsupick.com Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Hwy 1 Greenwich 8am-9pm, Sunday 9am-9pm 902-542-7198 Evan’s Family Farm Market 13842 Hwy 1 Wilmot 8am-5pm 902-825-3284 or facebook Kennie’s Strawberry Farm 1164 Upper Church St Kentville, open at 8am 902-680-1013 kenniesfarm.com Shell peas also…
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From Caramels to Doughnuts, Wolfville Pastry Chef Creating Treats to Bring Joy

From Caramels to Doughnuts, Wolfville Pastry Chef Creating Treats to Bring Joy By Emily Kathan Abby Lerner is the face behind Two Birds Sweets & Treats at the Wolfville Farmers Market. Her handmade sweets are the major destination for allowance money in our family, so I’ve been lucky enough to have many opportunities to chat with this talented and ebullient pastry chef and sample her many tasty treats. I decided it was high time Grapevine readers got to learn about her and her delicious business too: The Grapevine (GV): How did you come to be living in the Valley? Abby…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Dandelion Wine

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Dandelion wine By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist “Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered…sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks…” –Ray Bradbury This is the year I will find time to forage for yellow flowers and make dandelion wine. Dandelions to me are a herald of spring and all the glory that goes with the season. I cannot look at a field of dandelions without feeling youthful joy. Memories abound from seeing…
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Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion

Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion Submitted That’s a wrap, or maybe a bun. During the month of April 2019, Campaign for Kids is excited to announce that 20,000 burgers were sold during the annual Burger Wars event. “This figure is above and beyond what we ever imagined,” says event organizer Laura Churchill Duke, who noted that last year 12,300 burgers were sold across the Valley. Each year, Burger Wars keeps getting bigger and better, and this year 47 restaurants from Digby to Windsor were involved in Burger Wars. When the event started four years ago, 23 restaurants participated, and…
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