Month: May 2010

Where your Thanksgiving turkey really comes from

Most of us have very little knowledge of where our food comes from or how it is produced. As a result, misinformation is widely circulated in many different forms – so to get to the real scoop on what’s going on, I’m a firm believer that there’s no one better to ask than a farmer […]

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The berry first of the season – strawberries, that is

Ok, so I couldn’t resist a lame attempt at berry humour but I hope you’ll look past that and read the rest of this post. I’m the proud owner of two quarts – ok, just over one by now – of fresh Ontario strawberries that I picked up at Fraberts Fresh Food in Fergus. I’ve […]

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The days of Old McDonald are gone for good

The following editorial was published in the Guelph Mercury on May 27, 2010 These days, factory farming is a term used liberally when people talk about agriculture. Its definition seems to vary depending on who is asked, and I’ve often wondered what it actually brings to mind when people hear it. I talk to people […]

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Weighing in on wind energy

Wind farming is blowing up controversy in many parts of Ontario these days. On the one hand, it is being promoted as a green alternative to traditional energy sources that we desperately need to lessen our dependence on less environmentally-friendly supplies we have been relying on to date. It is also credited with bringing good […]

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Tasty and delicious asparagus pork tenderloin

I’ve already talked about my love for fresh Ontario asparagus in a post a couple of weeks ago…but it’s still in season and I’m still enjoying! Tonight I combined it with another favourite – Ontario pork – and ended up with a delicious meal. It was surprisingly easy to make and great to grill on […]

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Breakfast pizza – easy, delicious and local!

A few weeks ago I came across an article that talked about Breakfast Pizza as the latest trend in chic breakfast eating. This seems like a great idea to me – I love pizza and I love breakfast, so I figure you can’t go wrong by bringing these two life staples together!

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Ontario’s Salad Bowl – at a Cineplex near you!

My husband and I went to the movies on Friday night – and during the ever longer pre-movie showcase of commercials and ads, I was quite pleasantly surprised to see one featuring the Holland Marsh and Ontario farmer Jason Verkaik. Verkaik owns Carron Farms near Bradford, where he grows a wide variety of vegetables, although […]

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Lovely local lavender

To me, the thought of lavender always brings images of the south of France to mind – and a lovely vacation I spent there with my Mom in the late 1990s. It’s time for me to change my thinking, though, because lavender is set to have a bigger presence as a homegrown Ontario crop as […]

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Birds weigh in on organic question

It seems even birds are weighing in on the debate over the nutritional benefits of organic food. A newly released study by Newcastle University in the UK showed that wild garden birds preferred the more protein rich regular bird seed over that which was organically grown. Lead researcher Dr. Alisa McKenzie says this is because […]

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Reconnecting with nature’s original alarm clock

I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario and after about 15 years of living in the city, I returned to the country this past January when my husband and I bought a house just outside of town. There are many things I like about no longer living in a sub-division – but one […]

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Survey says: consumers seek lean, tender, flavourful meat options

When it comes to meat, Ontario consumers want protein that is lean and low in saturated fat – yet is still tender and flavourful. This was the finding of a market research survey conducted recently by the Ontario Veal Association (OVA) to determine consumer perceptions and knowledge of veal and its health benefits.

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Where food, farming and bombs collide

When they’re planting their crops, farmers in this area must always keep an eye out for unexploded bombs. Their lands were once battlefields and the dangerous remnants of those conflicts are still a threat today, decades after the end of hostilities. Now any number of war-torn corners of the world may come to mind as […]

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Top food and farming posts

I’ve been blogging about food and farming for about two and a half years. Here are the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog during that time. Some of the earlier ones were posted before I linked this blog to Twitter, which is why you’ll see low or non-existant tweet counts on those pages.

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Another spring favourite – fresh Ontario rhubarb

Last weekend, when I wrote about visiting my friend Jackie’s store in Fergus – Fraberts Fresh Foods – I talked about getting the first asparagus of the season. Now, it was yummy and I could go on and on, but I won’t. While I was at Fraberts, I also managed to get my hands on […]

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Finding markets for the whole soybean – even hulls

One of the things I enjoy a lot about my job as a freelance food and farm journalist and corporate writer is the chance to learn about really cool new things. The story below about soybeans, which I originally wrote for Ontario Grain Farmer and is published in the May/June 2010 issue, is one of […]

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