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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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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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