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Deep Roots Beets

Deep Roots Beets By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com Many years ago now my parents, Anna and Don Osburn, had a great idea. Why not build an epic music festival in Wolfville, one that incorporated the wealth of sweet venues in the town and plenty of music from the founding cultures of Nova Scotia? It was a time of tremendous excitement and change in our family. I was nursing my first baby, and we had just moved The Union Street Cafe to a much larger location. My Mom, co-chef with me at the restaurant, spent…
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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 Redden Arirang Farms 620 Belcher Street, Port Williams, open 9am-6pm 902-599-4949 Spray-free blueberries, BYO boxes. Boates Farm 432 Bligh Road Woodville 902-678-7301 boatesfarm.ca Certified organic apples & pears. Blueberry Acres 1225 Middle Dyke Road, Sheffield Mills, open 9am-5pm 902-582-1482 or Facebook Blueberries. Daniels U-Pick 4499 Highway 14 Windsor Forks, open 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm 902-798-5432 Plums, pears, apples. Dempsey Corner Orchards 2717 Highway 221 Aylesford, open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-847-1855 or Facebook Blueberries, plums, peaches, pears, garden vegetables, early apples, pumpkins. $2 farm admission Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Highway…
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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 Arirang Farms 620 Belcher St, Port Williams, open 9am-6pm 902-59-4949 Spray-free blueberries, BYO boxes. Blueberry Acres 1225 Middle Dyke Rd, Sheffield Mills, open 9am-5pm 902-582-1482 or facebook Blueberries. Blueberry Land 2111 Hwy 359 Centreville, open 10am-6pm 902-678-4101 or facebook Spray-free blueberries. Dempsey Corner Orchards 2717 Hwy 221 Aylesford, open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-847-1855 or facebook Blueberries, plums, peaches, garden veg, early apples. $2 farm admission. Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Hwy 1 Greenwich, open 8am-9pm, Sundays 9am-9pm 902-542-7198 or facebook Blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries, plums, peaches, pears, early apples. Gates U-Pick 1269…
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Dinner Out: Alo

Dinner Out: Alo By Scott Campbell Welcome to Alo – the best restaurant in Canada. That’s a prestigious designation to be sure, but this little gem located on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto has proudly earned it. In 2017 Alo topped the list of the 100 top restaurants in Canada. In 2018, it did it again. Our culinary adventure began with yellow tail sashimi and tuna tartare. The fresh tuna in both dishes was bright and flavourful and seasoned perfectly. It was a perfect way to start our dinner. Next up was jamon Iberico and French cheese with pickled red…
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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 Redden Raspberries and blueberries, and gooseberries and plums! Raspberries are $3-5/pint Blueberries are $2-5/pint Arirang Farm 620 Belcher Street, Port Williams, open 9am-6pm 902-599-4949 Spray-free blueberries, BYO boxes. Blueberry Acres 1225 Middle Dyke Road, Sheffield Mills, open 9am-5pm 902-582-1482 Blueberries. Blueberry Land 2111 Highway 359 Centreville, open 10am-6pm 902-678-4101 facebook Spray-free blueberries. Coldweather Farms 920 Gaspereau River Road Gaspereau, open 7am-dusk 902-542-2084 Raspberries. Dempsey Corner Orchards 2717 Highway 221 Aylesford, open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-847-1855 facebook Raspberries, blueberries, garden vegetables. $2 farm admission Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Highway…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gourmet Dining Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Gourmet Dining Interest Group By Marie Mossman How about an adventure through the food of different nations, in pleasant company and for a reasonable cost? The popular Newcomers Gourmet Dining interest group invites you to participate in a tasty adventure during the 2019 -2020 season, which will start in September. Meeting people and inclusiveness are constant guidelines for the group, though other aspects vary from year to years. The group gathers when a member offers to host, chooses a date, and proposes a theme. Dinners take place approximately once a month. Often, the host will provide a…
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Featurepreneur: Jeremy Novak Knows Where It’s At!

Featurepreneur: Jeremy Novak Knows Where It’s At! By Genevieve Allen Hearn Many know Jeremy Novak from his previous work with The Grapevine, or you may know him as the spirited tour guide on the Magic Winery Bus, or perhaps as Jerome the Gravekeeper on the Valley Ghost Walks. Without a doubt, you have encountered Jeremy before. Why? Because Jeremy is that guy. He is that guy who loves where he chose to live, loves the people who surround him, and loves hearing and telling stories of what makes this region special. Recently, Jeremy has started a new enterprise called Where…
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Dinner Out: The Flying Apron Inn and Cookery

Dinner Out: The Flying Apron Inn and Cookery By Scott Campbell I think Nicole Robinson, host of Nova Scotia’s Best on Eastlink Television and faculty member of the NSCC School of Tourism and Hospitality, said it best when she said, “You don’t have to travel to Tuscany for an amazing culinary experience, it’s all available at The Flying Apron.” The Flying Apron Inn and Cookery can be found in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Summerville. Don’t let the out-of-the-way location fool you into thinking you aren’t going to enjoy world class cuisine – because you are. The menu changes every week and…
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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 Redden Strawberries: Most strawberries are $1-2/quart. Expected end of season is late July/early August. Bob Ansems U-Pick 1949 Lakewood Road, Steam Mill, open 8am-8pm 902-679-0757 bobansemsupick.com Bosveld’s Fruit Farm 183 Lamont Road, Lakeville, open 7am-12pm and 5pm-dusk 902-678-8767 or facebook Evan’s Family Farm Market 13842 Highway 1, Wilmot, open 8am-5pm 902-825-3284 or facebook Harry Morse Farms 4127 Brooklyn Street, Somerset, open 8am-6pm 902-538-9389 Kennie’s Strawberry Farm 1164 Upper Church Street, Kentville, open at 8am 902-680-1013 kenniesfarm.com Morse’s Farm (Anthony Morse) 114 Main Street, Berwick, open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday…
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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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