Reflections of an Ethical Eater: A Time of Transition

Memories of a Carnivore: Adventures in Eating Ethically, by Julie Dupuis.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my ethical eating habits lately. Sure, it’s the New Year and everyone’s given to introspection, but I don’t think that’s why. It’s an interesting time for me right now for four reasons, and it just happens to coincide with this annual time of reflection. Each of these reasons involves a change in […]

The Cluck Is On: Of Eggs and Hens

Our laying hens, which are producing eggs at half-capacity at this point.

There were a few weeks there when things were tough. We knew we’d be getting our laying hens soon so we didn’t want to buy too many eggs, and of course we ran out before our chickens arrived, being the egg-lovers that we are. When our chickens finally arrived, we felt life was good again. We made sure […]

Farming in the North: The Poultry Problem

Farming in the north is more challenging, so sign on to the We Want Northern Chicken campaign to ask for fairer marketing board rules!

In the French River area as in the rest of Northern Ontario, chicken farmers (and their egg and dairy counterparts) are faced with challenges unknown to Southern neighbours, but yet must play the same game. The rule makers are concerned with profits, not food security. And so, farming in the north is more difficult than many people may […]

What the Crust? The Pie’s the Limit!

A slice of mixed veggie pie with mashed potato and red beet top crust, and a slice of meat pie, both siting on a small side plate.

Most people bake a lot before the holidays. Not me. I never have any company so other than helping my mother with her pie crusts, I don’t usually give it much thought. But this year, the week before Christmas, we realised we’d miscalculated how many of our fresh farm eggs to save. We knew we should use them […]

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Stirred to Explore Granola: Containing Edible Profits and Blue Fruits of Labour

Homemade granola

It’s been a busy summer, as they all are, but this one’s been particularly hectic for Marc and I, juggling our jobs with farm work (including selling our fresh eggs and extra veggies or pickling all the extra cucumbers we planted), berry picking, making large batches of kombucha (now with fair trade green tea), and (gasp) a bit […]

Naturally Sweet Dreams: Red Berries, Brown Eggs, Minty Kombucha, and Apple Granola

Strawberries can bring on sweet dreams, too.

Some things are addictive to the point of obsession. You know what I mean if you’ve ever sat in front of a computer or game console long enough. Ever had Tetris shapes float before your eyes the moment you close them for some shuteye? Marc was being taunted by luscious red raspberries the other night. Very sweet dreams. […]

Wwoofing at Home: The Local Life

One branch, four apples, still green...

Marc and I spent May long weekend hiking on the Height of Land trail and canoeing on Wakami Lake, but we spent the last one working in the garden. We’ve got a neat little arrangement this summer — we’re working on my parents’ micro farm in exchange for accommodations. Kind of like wwoofing at home, except we get […]

Local Food at Dalew Farms: Community Sponsored Agriculture

Dalew Farms food bin

We’re still unsure about whether we’ll be moving in the spring; so until I know for sure that I’ll get to plant a garden this year, I’m exploring other options. In French River, we’re lucky to live so close to Dalew Farms, an organic farm owned and operated by Dave and Chantal Lewington. Dalew Farms offers a Community […]

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