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Culture Home Recreation Summer 2013 | Volume 7 | Issue 3

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Watermelon! from Howe Family Farm Market

PLUS 50th Harvest at Ferguson's Fancy Beans HMCS Ojibwa: Open for Tours Where in Elgin is Sandi? Harris Flower Farm Summer Gardening Tips Elgin Events & More


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FROM THE EDITOR For this agriculture-focused edition we spoke with three local farmers, all carrying on a multi-generational family farm presence in Elgin County. Along with business and technological know-how, each demonstrates an acute awareness of the necessity of ensuring that their crops and businesses are nurtured from the roots up. They also give a sense of the importance of supporting measures that enable real farm families to continue to provide our families with real food and other agricultural products. Community gardens continue to grow in popularity. Watch for the world premiere of Not in My Backyard at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. It's a musical comedy about one community garden's rocky start, with "political satire, love among the vegetables, and some hard lines drawn in the dirt." Chef Cindy Bircham serves up a recommendation to celebrate Elgin County's rich agricultural offerings along with her recipe for Mexican Summer Salad. Dorothy Gebert offers some hot tips for maintaining your garden's freshness through the season. We chatted with Sandi Pyper before she set out on a 326 km Elgin County hike aimed at personal growth and putting roots a little deeper into her own community. Her other goal was to raise awareness of the Pearce Williams Camp capital campaign. She was impressed by two of their new programs, Farm Camp and World Camp which aim to teach kids their connection to food and to the world. At the peak of our growing season we salute all of the people out there who are planting, growing and harvesting in fields, community gardens and back yard plots.

Debra

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.  ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 5 15 18 21 24

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The Season's Events in Elgin Howe Family Farm Market Elgin Map & What's in Season Ferguson's Fancy Beans Elgin's Summer Bounty

By Chef Cindy Bircham, with recipe for Mexican Summer Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

The HMCS Ojibwa Where in Elgin is Sandi? Harris Flower Farm Gardening: Beat the Heat

By Dorothy Gebert

OUR COVER IMAGE Slice of Summer is a 9"x17" oil on canvas by Aylmer artist Judy Minor (www.judyminor.ca)

Editor • Debra Bagshaw • editor@relishelgin.ca Design • Joanne Rowles • jo@relishelgin.ca Advertising Info • ads@relishelgin.ca TO SUBSCRIBE Send a cheque for $10 (to cover mailing) to the following address. Includes 5 issues. Relish Elgin Magazine P.O. Box 20058, St. Thomas, ON, N5P 4H4 519-633-1992

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Copyright 2013, Relish Marketing & Promotions Inc. All rights reserved. Relish Elgin is published by Relish Marketing & Promotions Inc. Reproduction of any material published in Relish Elgin is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the Publisher.

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From original paintings to pottery, the studios, galleries and crafters that comprise the arts trail are ready to take visitors on an imaginative and unforgettable journey.

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Savour the tastes of Elgin County. For more on Savour Elgin, call 1-877-GO ELGIN x137 or visit

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Events

EnjoyElgin! EVENTS ACROSS ELGIN • MORE AT WWW.RELISHELGIN.CA

ONGOING EVENTS Mon-Sat to the End of Aug Free Tours of THE Old St. Thomas Church

55 Walnut St, St. Thomas www.oldstthomaschurch.com

Sat until Nov Horton Farmers' Market

8am-12pm | Manitoba St, just north of Talbot St, St. Thomas www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

Sun IN June, July & August Music in the Park

6–8pm | 519-633-7112 Pinafore Park Bandshell 93 Elm St, St. Thomas www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

Sun until Aug 25 Sunday Summer Teas at Backus-Page House

Reservations recommended. 1-4pm | $10/person | 519-762-3072 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

Every Sun Jammin' Cabin Open Jams

All musicians welcome | 1-4pm Jammin' Cabin at Pinecroft 8048 Rogers Rd South, Aylmer 519-773-3435 | www.pinecroft.ca

Mon Evenings Port Stanley Music Group Open Jams

6:30-9pm | Port Stanley Legion 310 George St, Port Stanley www.facebook.com/groups/ portstanleymusic/

Dates until Sept 2 Tim Hortons Free Swims

Capacity restrictions | 519-633-7112 Jaycees Pool (93 Inkerman St, St. Thomas): Jun 23/30, 1-4pm; Jun 25/27, 5-8pm; Jul 7/21, 1-4pm; Aug 4/10/18, 1-4pm and YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin (20 High St, St. Thomas): Jul 7/21, 5-6pm; Aug 5, 3-4pm; Sept 2, 3-4pm www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

Sun Jun 2 to Sun Jul 21 Sun-Thurs TO the end of AuG Exhibition: Paintings by CaSo Railway Station Tours Jo-Anne Page-Cote

10am-4pm | 519-633-2535 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas www.narhf.org

Backus-Page House | 519-762-3072 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

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Mon Jun 3 to Fri Aug 30 Exhibition: Short Routes & Easy Grades

A look at the railway heritage of Elgin/St. Thomas Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas (4th Floor) 519-631-1460 x160 www.elgincounty.ca

JULY EVENTS Wed-Sun in Jul & Aug, plus Mon Jul 1 & Mon Aug 5 Scenic Train Rides

Complete Line Tours Sat 11am Booking not req'd; arrive 30min prior Departures 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm Adults $15, Children (2-12) $9 tax in. Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

Tues Jul 2 to Fri Aug 30 City of St. Thomas Summer Day Camps

9 weeks to choose from | Ages 4-12 8:30am-4pm (ext. care available) $125/child/week ($100 stat weeks) Pinafore and Waterworks Parks, St.Thomas | 519-633-7112 www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

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Events Throughout Jul & Aug Childrens' Summer Classes & Workshops

9 themed weeks for children 5-14 St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Fri Jul 5 to Sun Jul 7 Balls Bike Rally

Sat July 6 & Sat Aug 17 Downtown St. Thomas StREET Art

Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer Artisans, crafters, live music, kids 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca activities, and more, beside City Hall 1-6pm | Mondamin St, St. Thomas Fri July 5 TO Sat July 13 

 Call Katherine Medlyn, 519-633-3773 Periscope Playhouse: The www.downtownstthomas.com

Sat in Jul & Aug Hand That Cradles the Rock Sat July 6 to Sun July 14 Homestead Saturdays at Jul 7/13, 2pm; Jul 5/6/12/13, 8pm License-Free Fishing Week Backus-Page House Museum $15 
| St. Paul's United Church
 Exhibit in the upper level of the barn Robinson St, Port Burwell
 Sun Jul 7 featuring antique agricultural tools Marion Rogers, 519-874-4286 

 St.Thomas & District Hort and implements www.periscopeplayhouse.ca Society Garden Tour 12-4:30pm | 519-762-3072 11am-5pm | $10/person, available Sat Jul 6 Backus-Page House Museum from members and at Canadale (269 Bump It 4 Boobies 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown Sunset Drive, St. Thomas) www.backuspagehouse.ca

Thurs Jul 4 to Thur Jul 18 Canadale Customer Appreciation Sale

269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 | www.canadale.com

Competitive & recreational volleyball tournament by CIBC Run for the Cure London at GT's Beach Bar & Grill 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley Call Tammy Jeffery, 519-639-3458 www.facebook.com/ ts/369564683162651/?fref=ts

gardenontario.org/site.php/thomas

Sun Jul 7 Port Glasgow Yacht Club Annual Steak BBQ

$15 | Port Glasgow Marina 519-785-1765

CENTRAL TO EVERYTHING, SECOND TO NONE

Cowboys, kids, country... EXHIBITION: JUNE 3 - AUGUST 30

...come discover the Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys Western Festival

SHOrT rOUTES ANd EASY GrAdES:

The Railway heRiTage of elgin/ST. ThomaS

The 100th anniversary of the building of the Michigan Central’s locomotive shops, now home to the Elgin County Railway Museum, is the starting point for a tour of the visual history of the many rail lines that once ran through the county.

UPCOMING EVENTS West Lorne Canada Day Celebrations - Mon Jul 1st 1:30pm - Kids Country Carnival - FREE, FREE, FREE!

Kids’ Port Glasgow Fishing Derby - Sun July 7th Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys - Sat & Sun Jul 20th & 21st New Event: Extreme Cowboy Competition on Sunday

Port Glasgow Fish Fry & Fireworks - Sun Aug 4th Featuring live bands, at the Port Glasgow Marina

Talbot Trail of Yard Sales - Sat Aug 24th

WEST ELGIN

Elgin County Administration Building, 4th Floor, 450 Sunset Drive (Hwy 4), St. Thomas, Ontario Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am- 4pm 519.631.1460 ext. 160

WEST LORNE • RODNEY • PORT GLASGOW

WWW.ELGINCOUNTY.CA

519-785-0560

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We’re just down the road and off the beaten path.

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Events Sun Jul 7 Summer Sounds Delicious: Ultimate Tributes

5h of music in support of Easter Seals 2–7pm | $25 advance, $30 at gate Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Sun Jul 7 Rodney Kiwanis Club Kids Fishing Derby

Free hotdog and pop; prizes Registration 9:30am, fishing 10-2pm Port Glasgow Marina | 519-785-0163

Day Out With Thomas (photo by Mark Girdauskas, Photos by MG) Wed Jul 10 Seniors' Picnic in the Park Pinafore Park | 95 Elm St, St. Thomas Jul 14, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 6, Fri July 19 to Sun Jul 21 Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 15 The All NEW FreshFest Wed Jul 10 to Sat Jul 27 WWE Live in HD at Cineplex Fri, 5:30-11: Tasting event with music Port Stanley Theatre: by Don Durkee & Tom Stark, Shuug 8pm | Galaxy Cinema St. Thomas Not In My Backyard & The Temporary Men, and 2-time 417 Wellington St, St. Thomas 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 | portstanleytheatre.ca

519-631-2261 | www.cineplex.com

Gardens—Open Garden

Springfield Teddy Bear Picnic

Juno nominees Cuff the Duke (CASO Station, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas); Mon to Fri July 15-19, July 29- Sat 8-noon: FreshFest morning at the Fri Jul 12 Aug 2, Aug 12-16 & Aug 19-23 Horton Farmers' market; Sat 5:30Kids, Cops and Canadian Backus-Page House 10pm: Boardwalk party with BBQ, Tire Fishing Day Pie Bake-Off and The Sheridan Band Adventure Day Camp Prizes; free admission but please pre(CASO Station); All Weekend: Savour Ages 6-10 | 519-762-3072 register at the YMCA | 9am-2pm Elgin Agritourism Adventures 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown Pinafore Park | 89 Elm St, St. Thomas Tickets: $40/weekend advance pkg; www.backuspagehouse.ca www.kidsandcops.ca Fri only $35 advance/$40 at gate; Sat Wed Jul 17 only $15 at www.freshfest.ca or call Fri Jul 12 to Sun Jul 14 Elgin County Library 519-633-2535 for more information Daylily Ensemble 10am-5pm | 519-631-8927 25 Mandeville Rd, St. Thomas

Sat Jul 13 & Sun Jul 14, Sat Jul 27 & Sun Jul 28 Afternoon Music in the Lavender

Steed & Co Lavender | 519-494-5525 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta www.steedandcompany.com

Sun Jul 14 Golf Fore a Cure

Proceeds to breast cancer research Register by Jul 10 | 2pm The Bluffs Golf Club | 519-782-7447 35593 Lake Line, Port Stanley www.thebluffsgolfclub.com

Families with children 0-6 years; register to reserve your picnic spot; sponsored by the Ontario Early Years Centre Elgin-Middlesex-London 10am-1pm | 519-631-9496 Malahide Community Place 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield

Fri Jul 19 to Sun Jul 21 Port Stanley Pride Weekend

Port Stanley celebrates diversity with a midway, entertainment (Roy Beno, Sarah Smith, Drake Jensen), boat parade, open mic show, fabulous food and much more www.portstanleyproud.com

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Fri Jul 19 to Sun Jul 21, Fri Jul 26 to Sun Jul 28 Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Thomas Tour 2013

Gates at 8am; last train at 5pm $23 plus tax for ages two and older Call 1-888-222-6608 or at www. ticketweb.ca/dowt for tickets St. Thomas Elgin Memorial Centre 80 Wilson Ave, St. Thomas

Sat Jul 20 Annual StREET Dance

Featuring Radio; proceeds to Dutton Dunwich Parks & Rec. 9pm–1am | Co-Trac Ford Parking Lot Main Street, Dutton | 519-762-3209 www.duttondunwich.on.ca

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Events Sat Jul 27 (rain date Aug 10) Clovermead's 9TH Annual Bee Beard Competition & Pioneer Games

9am-5:30pm; Pioneer Games 12:302:30pm; Beard Competition 2:30pm $11/person, $50/group of 5 Clovermead Bees & Honey 11302 Imperial Rd, Aylmer 519-773-5503 | www.clovermead.com

Sat Jul 27 Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Day

Port Stanley Harbourfest & Tall Ship Festival Sat Jul 20 Sun Jul 21 Dutton Lions Sportsfest Longwoods Artifact Day Sons of Scotland Park, Dutton

Sat Jul 20 The Snake Lady at Moore Water Gardens

11am-3pm | 519-782-4052 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley www.moorewatergardens.com

Sat Jul 20 Four Seasons Long Lunch

Bring artifact points out and learn more about local heritage | 1-4pm Longwoods Rd Conservation Area 8348 Longwoods Rd (10 km East of Melbourne) | 519-264-2420 lowerthames-conservation.on.ca

Mon Jul 22 to Fri Jul 26 & Mon Jul 29 to Fri Aug 2 Youth Theatre Camps

For kids 8-11 | $125/week 11am-1pm | The Arts & Cookery Bank Port Stanley Festival Theatre 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-768-9986 519-782-4353 | portstanleytheatre.ca www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Sat July 20 & Sun July 21 Christmas in July at Rush Creek Wines

48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer 519-773-5432 | rushcreekwines.com

Tues Jul 23 to Sat Jul 27 Savour the Flavour: Advanced Boot Camp

Chef-led culinary camp for more advanced cooks in grades 9+ | $100 Arts & Cookery Bank | 519-768-9986 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Sat Jul 20 & Sun Jul 21 8TH Annual Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys Western Festival Fri Jul 26 to Sun Jul 28 Port Stanley Harbourfest Sat West Lorne Fire Dept breakfast & Tall Ship Festival (7am), horse parade, demos & displays, petting zoo, vendors, children's activities, beer tent, Battle of the Bands, farmers market; new Extreme Cowboy on Sun 9am | Miller Park, West Lorne 1-866-401-2965 www.cactuscattleandcowboys.ca

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9am | Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | catfishcreek.ca

Sat Jul 27 9 & Dine: Play by the Lake

Supports Port Stanley Festival Theatre $65/person (carts not included) The Bluffs Golf Club | 519-782-4353 35593 Lake Line, Port Stanley www.portstanleytheatre.ca

Sat Jul 27 Port Stanley & Area Pond Tour

11am-3pm | $5/person Moore Water Gardens | 519-782-4052 4683 Sunset Rd, Port Stanley www.moorewatergardens.com

Sat Jul 27 & Sun Jul 28 Association of Port Stanley Artists Show

Front lawn, Port Stanley Legion www.portstanleyartists.com

Sun Jul 28 Summer Sounds Delicious: Motown Memories

2–7pm | $25 advance, $30 at gate Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Ships, cruises, dock tours, midway, Wed Jul 31 to Sat Aug 17 Segway rides, vendors; Sat The Port Stanley Festival Beagles and feature act Jack de Keyzer; beach skirmishes, Little Theatre: Mini Putt Beach 11am and 5pm on Sat Port Stanley Festival Theatre Port Stanley Harbour | 519-633-6202 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley www.portstanleyharbourfest.com 519-782-4353 | portstanleytheatre.ca

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Events AUGUST EVENTS Fri Aug 2 to Mon Aug 5 Port Burwell Tub Daze

9am–10pm | Food, volleyball, fire truck pulling contest, beer tent, entertainment, fireworks Sun at dark Port Burwell East Beach Call Deb, 519-874-4450 www.bayham.on.ca

Fri Aug 2 & Fri Aug 30 GT's Lobster Night

Sat Jul 6 to Sat Aug 17 STEPAC Exhibition: Every Summer Has a Story

Permanent Collection Selections St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Main Gallery | 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Sat Jul 6 to Sat Aug 17 STEPAC Exhibition: Staff Picks

Thurs Aug 8 Lavender Workshop with Lavender Sense

Email jgiven@elgin-county.on.ca for details and to register. Family fish fry by West Elgin volunteer groups, music, fireworks at 7-9pm | West Lorne Library 160 Main St, West Lorne dusk | 4:30–10pm | Dinner $15 Port Glasgow Marina | 519-785-1765 www.lavendersense.com

GAY LEA

DAIRY HERITAGE MUSEUM

At the Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum, you’ll find artifacts and life-size displays to fascinate children & adults alike. HOURS

Mother’s Day Weekend–Labour Day: Monday–Saturday & Long Weekend Sundays 9am–5pm; Labour Day–Thanksgiving: Saturdays 9am–5pm ADMISSION

Adults $5, Children 12 & under $3

www.dairyheritagemuseum.ca 48075 Jamestown Ln, RR2 Aylmer

1-888-773-2955

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New Balance London run/walk for Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) 2.5k at 6:45pm, 5k at 7:15pm GT's Beach Bar and Grill 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley 519-657-0112 | reachthebeach.ca

Fri Aug 9 to Sun Aug 11 Elgin Historical Show

Permanent Collection Selections St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre Reservation req'd GT's Beach Bar & Grill | 519-782-4555 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley www.gtsportstanley.ca

Sun Aug 4 Annual Port Glasgow Fish Fry & Fireworks

Fri Aug 9 Reach the Beach RACES

See how pioneer farming was done 9am–5pm Fri & Sat; 8am-5pm Sun Dan Patterson Conservation Area Highbury Ave, just N of St. Thomas

Fri Aug 9 to Sun Aug 11 Aylmer & East Elgin Agricultural Fair

Daily entertainment, demo derbies, agricultural exhibits, arts and craft competitions, food vendors, midway 10am-10pm | Alymer Fairgrounds 139 Pine St East, Aylmer 519-773-3445 | www.aylmerfair.ca

BRIDGEVIEW MOTORS NEW STOCK WEEKLY

Quality Used Cars & Trucks Sales, Service & Leasing BUY • SELL • TRADE • LEASE 1207 Talbot St, St. Thomas

519-633-0240

Find our featured cars and trucks online at

www.bridgeviewstthomas.ca

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Events Fri Aug 9 TO Sat Aug 17 Sat Aug 10 Working Reel Steed & Co Lavender Fairy Productions: The Love List Festival

Hosted by the Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse Sat at 2pm; Fri & Sat at 8pm $20 | St. Paul's United Church Robinson St, Port Burwell Call Marion Rogers, 519-874-4286 www.periscopeplayhouse.ca

Sat Aug 10 Home Building Centre Horseshoe Tournament

12-4pm | Filled with fairy fun, lore & entertainment; bring your wings! Steed & Co Lavender | 519-494-5525 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta www.steedandcompany.com

Sat Aug 10 Elgin Children's FOUND'N Volleyball Tournament

Sun Aug 11 Summer Sounds Delicious: Disco Mania

$25 advance, $30 at gate Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Sun Aug 11 to Sat Aug 17 The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure

(SOLD OUT) Bike ride passing through the 27 communities along the Waterfront Trail; going through Port Stanley Aug14 www.waterfronttrail.org

Proceeds help Elgin County children attend summer camp GT's Beach Bar & Grill Springwater Conservation Area 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca Michelle Rickard, 519-631-1492 x219 Wed Aug 14 Elgin County Library West www.gtsportstanley.ca

Sat Aug 10 Meet & Greet a Contractor Sat Aug 10 & Sun Aug 11 Wayne Cardinalli POTTERY Silverthorn Landscape Supplies 46400 Talbot Line, St. Thomas Workshop at Pinecroft 519-765-2379 www.silverthornlandscape.com

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8048 Rogers Rd South, Aylmer 519-773-3435 | www.pinecroft.ca

Lorne Teddy Bear Picnic

Families with children 0-6; sponsored by the Ontario Early Years Centre Elgin-Middlesex-London 10am-1pm | Register: 519-631-9496 Miller Park, West Lorne

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Events Thurs Aug 15 Fred Eaglesmith PICNIC Kick-Off, BBQ & Concert

8-10pm | $20 advance / $25 at door CASO Station, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-633-2535 | www.narhf.org

Fri Aug 16 to Sun Aug 18 Fred Eaglesmith Charity Music Festival

Weekend camping & music $105; Weekend music $80, Fri music $35, Sat music $45, Sun music $35; single night camping $17 (under 14 free) Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca

Sat Aug 17 Ribs & Rubies: The Bank's Signature Annual Fundraiser Event

Experience and celebrate our local culture while helping to fund The Bank's future programming | 6pm Arts & Cookery Bank | 519-768-9986 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Sat Aug 17 Spikes Beach Volleyball Tournaments at GT's

GT's Beach Bar & Grill 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley 519-782-4555 | www.spikes.on.ca

Sat Aug 17 3 Port Cycle Tour

Lavender Fairy Festival at Steed & Company Lavender Sat Aug 17 & Sun Aug 18 Peachfest

Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm Great Lakes Farms | 519-782-3433 5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley www.greatlakesfarms.ca

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm | $25 Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St South, Aylmer 519-765-3039 | artsinaylmer.com

Sun Aug 18 Brunch by the Waterfalls Fri Aug 23 Reservation req'd | 519-866-5577 GT's 20TH Anniversary 11am-2pm | Heritage Line Herbs 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com

Mon Aug 19 to Fri Aug 23 KIDS' Art Camp

For elementary school kids; will feature drawing, painting, pottery & Port Burwell, Port Bruce, Port Stanley crafts | 9am-12pm | $90 Choose from 160 km, 100 km and Glazing one day the following week 50 km routes with lunch provided in Call Sally Martyn, 519-775-2292 Port Bruce. Visit threeporttour.com www.villageofsparta.com for info and registration

Wed Aug 21 Sat Aug 17 Elgin Cattlemen's Assn Nightwalk with the Spirits Annual Barbecue

Guided tour through the Sha–Nah–Doht Village at night 9pm | $5+HST/adults, $3+HST/6-17 years, free for under 6 years Longwoods Rd Conservation Area 8348 Longwoods Rd (10 km East of Melbourne) | 519-264-2420 lowerthames-conservation.on.ca

Fri Aug 23 Aylmer Performing Arts Presents Steven Page

Dress to the '90s and enjoy 1993 prices from 7pm until close GT's Beach Bar & Grill | 519-782-4555 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley www.gtsportstanley.ca

Sat Aug 24 Talbot Trail of Yard Sales

100 kms of yard sales, farm stands, shops, museums, wineries, art galleries & more along Talbot Trail www.elgintourist.com

Sat Aug 24 Straffordville Watermelon Fest

Parade (10am), pancake breakfast, seed-spitting contest, midway, silent auction, vendors, entertainment and Wed Aug 21 to Sat Sept 14 children's activities | 8am-11pm Port Stanley Festival Straffordville Community Centre Park Theatre: Drinking Alone 56169 Heritage Line, Straffordville 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley Call Pauline, 519-866-5573 519-782-4353 | portstanleytheatre.ca www.bayham.on.ca 5–7pm | $12 | 519-762-3749 Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St, St. Thomas

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Events Sat Aug 31 Tom Zombie Festival

Bands, vendors and zombie fun; proceeds to It Takes 2 Youth Leadership Institute | 4-10pm Elgin County Railway Museum 225 Wellington St, St. Thomas www.tomzombiefestival.ca

Sat Aug 31 & Sun Sept 1 St. Thomas Fire Muster

Firefighter competitions, car show, parade, entertainment, antique trucks and apparatus | 519-631-0210 Pinafore Park, 95 Elm St, St. Thomas

SEPT EVENTS St. Thomas Fire Muster (photo by Mark Girdauskas, Photos by MG) Sat Aug 24 FCSSC's RugRat Backpack Beach Volleyball Tournaments

Registration closes Aug 22; Visit www.fcssc.ca to register GT's Beach Bar & Grill | 519-782-4555 350 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley www.gtsportstanley.ca,

Sat Aug 24 & Sun Aug 25 Shedden Agricultural Society Fall Fair

Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line (Hwy #3), Shedden Call Shirley, 519-769-2010 www.sheddenfair.com

Sat Aug 24 to Sun Sept 29 STEPAC Exhibition: West End Arts Mingle

Featuring the Parade of Elephants created by members of the Elgin Arts Trail and Talbot West End businesses St. Thomas–Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Sat Aug 24 & SAT SEPT 14 Murder Mystery Train Ride

Dinner at 6pm, train departs at 7pm Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

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Sat Sept 7 Elgin Fed'n of Agriculture Car-a-Van Tour

Sun Aug 25 Summer Sounds Delicious: 10am–3pm | 519-633-0114 Agritours in Central Elgin, Southwold, Reds, Whites & the Blues

2–7pm | $25 advance, $30 at gate Quai du Vin Estate Winery 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas 519-775-2216 | www.quaiduvin.com

Wed Sep 25 Elgin Historical Society Presentation: Susan Butlin—Alma College Artists

7:30-9:30m | Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas www.elginhistoricalsociety.ca

Sat Aug 31 Friends of Springwater Fireworks

Dutton/Dunwich and West Elgin Maps available in Aug at Elgin County & St. Thomas Libraries, Elgin Tourism locations and online at www.elginfarmers.ca

Sat Sept 7 Aylmer Performing Arts Presents Patricia O'Callaghan

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm $25/show or $100 season ticket Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John St S, Aylmer | 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com

Sat Sept 7 & Sun Sept 8

Canadale Mum Festival Springwater Conservation Area Canadale Nurseries 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer 519-773-9037 | www.catfishcreek.ca 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 | www.canadale.com Sat Aug 31 JAMJAM

Music festival with art, camping, swimming, canoeing, cookouts, fireworks, bands, beer tent & more! Gates open at noon $25 advance, $35 at gate, 12 and under free; camping $10/person Springwater Conservation Area 8079 Springwater Rd, Aylmer www.cashhoney.com/jamjam

Sat & Sun in Sept & Oct, plus Mon Sept 2 & Mon Oct 14 PSTR Scenic Train Rides

Complete Line Tours Sat at 11am Booking not req'd; arrive 30min prior; departures at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm Adults $15, Children (2-12) $9 tax in. Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

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Events EVERY Sat in Sept Clovermead Honey Festival

DIY beeswax candles; see a live bee hive opened and ask your questions 9am-5:30pm; bee beard demo 2:30 Note: no live bee events in the rain $11/person, $50/group of 5 Clovermead Bees & Honey 11302 Imperial Rd, Aylmer 519-773-5503 | www.clovermead.com

Sun Sept 8 Elgin Theatre Guild: Wingfield Unbound

A play by Dan Needles, performed by Rod Beattie. Tickets now available at Bell's Book Bin, 552 Talbot St, St.Thomas (10am-5pm, Tues to Sat). 2pm | $40 | 519-633-8530 Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Fri Sept 13 to Sun Sept 15 159TH Annual Rodney Aldborough Agriculture Society Fair Come out for some Horsin' Around, horse shows, competitions, farm Olympics, tractor pull, lawnmower races, demo derby & much more Rodney Park | Queens St, Rodney 519-768-1858 | www.rodneyfair.ca

Sat Sept 14 & Sun Sept 15 Heritage Farm Show

Steam engines, working horses, threshing, blacksmithing, antiques, tractors, farmers' market, children's activities, exhibits and more! 10am-4pm | 519-762-3072 Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown www.backuspagehouse.ca

Sat Sept 14 Doors Open East Elgin

10am-4pm | Sites of cultural, recreational or local interest in Aylmer, Bayham and Malahide www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Sat Sept 14 Vintage Prom for Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Celebrating 100 years in Canada 6pm | $125/person Canada Southern Railway Station 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas 519-633-3830 | www.bbbselgin.org

Mon Sept 9 to Fri Dec 20 Exhibition: Alma College & the Forging of Canadian Sat Sept 14 & Sun Sept 15 Culture, 1880-1939 Elgin County Museum Canadale Bulb Festival 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas (4th Floor) 519-631-1460 x160 www.elgincounty.ca

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Howe Family Farm Market is open, airy and surrounded by farm fields. With family farm photos on one wall, bountiful displays of in-season produce, and a steady stream of customers through the door, it seems like just the right place to pick up a taste of fresh Ontario goodness.

The market opened in 2010, but the Howes' connection to agriculture goes back more than 150 years in Elgin County. Monica Howe, who operates G&M Howe & Sons along with husband Glenn and sons Ryan and Kevin recently shared some thoughts on some of that history and on farming into the next generation. From a spot in front of the market building, she points down the road where William Howe started farming in the 1860s. Today, strawberries (36 acres), watermelon (55 acres), cantaloupe (40 acres) and pumpkins (120 acres) make up the bulk of the Howes' crops. They are shipped to other locations and also available seasonally at the market, along with beans, beets, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes from the market garden, and blueberries, cherries, peaches, raspberries and asparagus from neighbouring farms. Monica notes, "Unfortunately, many people don't often get to taste things grown in our own province. One of the biggest hurdles is imports that come in during our growing season." All three Howe sons grew up in an environment where the importance of agriculture and farming with an

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eye to long-term sustainability were recognized. They've all gone on to careers in agriculture— middle son Rick works off the farm but often lends a supportive hand. Glenn and Monica have long strived to use methods that would achieve quality product and sustainability. They joined a pilot project related to agricultural food safety about eight years ago, well in advance of its mandatory implementation. They were one of the first in the area to install a drip tape delivery system of water and nutrients to strawberries and melons—the method makes very efficient use of water pumped from irrigation ponds. Howes' produce is shipped nationwide via large grocery store chains and directly to grocery stores in Aylmer, London, St. Thomas, Tillsonburg and Kitchener—with such huge volumes, it is important to take advantage of any possible efficiency. Though Ryan and Kevin gained great farm experience growing up, Monica was supportive of their decision to further their educations after high school, "You need to become aware of the issues of the future… You have to have a network, contacts and awareness." Both graduated from Guelph's agricultural program and take active roles in organizations like the Ontario Berry Growers Association and Ontario Federation of Agriculture. It was Ryan who eagerly presented his ideas for a market building on the farm four or five years ago.

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From left: Rick, Emma, Kevin, Monica, Glenn, baby Cohen, Jill & Ryan Howe (photo courtesy of Savour Elgin) And last year he initiated a project using rye as a weed-eliminating cover for pumpkin seeds. "He modified machinery to create a system of rollers in the front of the tractor and another set-up on back to part the rye and plant the pumpkins. It saves steps, time and fuel compared to the planting / disking / planting done traditionally." One can imagine such a departure from established methods might have met with a little resistance. Monica smiles, "Well, it did lead to some interesting discussions; of course, that's often the case with age and experience versus new ideas." However, the project was a success and Glenn has joined Ryan in his enthusiasm. Kevin has taken on the management of the greenhouse, food handling and farm safety training. With a heavy reliance on labour for harvesting, and ever-more-stringent regulations related to both food and farm safety, it's a vital aspect of farming. Monica speaks appreciatively of the importance of the work done by up to 300 people employed with the Howes, including fourteen Trinidadians, summer students and other local people.

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The Howes also grow some interesting specialty products. 'Caribbean pumpkin' is one of them; Monica says it is "more like squash than pumpkin and in demand in London and Toronto for Asian and Caribbean cooking; excellent for making pumpkin soup." Then, there's okra, tomatillos, ground cherries, shadow benny (a leafy herb known by many names, widely used in cuisine of the West Indies and Central America), different types of eggplant, tomatoes and hot peppers. Howe Market is a good place to stop in if you are in search of a little summer culinary adventure. Monica notes, "Kevin did a lot of travelling and visited farms in Malaysia—he takes a keen interest in experimenting with some of the more unusual fruits and vegetables." Monica speaks earnestly about such things as the effect of heat and cold units, niche crops, researching to find answers to problems like a recent one with strawberry stock, and the challenges and costs of keeping up ever-changing standards and regulations. But she is most passionate about her belief in the importance of growing good food.

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Food & Dining Events Monica retired two years ago from teaching elementary school. Did she think that when she retired she and Glenn would be this busy? "No, but I am able to be involved now in a way I couldn't when I was teaching, and I am really enjoying that. Ryan and Kevin both know what to do running this farm, but they still depend on Glenn—it's invaluable to have someone around who has already experienced and dealt with almost all of the problems that they come up against." There is an excitement in the air at the Howe Farm and the new market building seems to stand as a symbol of the next generation's eagerness to build on the past to create a viable farmscape for tomorrow. Howe Family Farm Market, a member of Savour Elgin (www.savourelgin.ca) is located at 48556 John Wise Line, Aylmer (at Rogers Rd). Find out more by calling 519-773-3779 or visit www.howefamilyfarms.ca.

Southern Ontario is one of Canada's prime watermelon growing areas. The Howes' fifty-plus acres include varieties like red seedless and seeded, sangria, and dark-skinned as well as yellow and orange ones. 92% water, 8% sugar and 100% summer fun food, watermelons are the centrepiece of Straffordville's late summer festival. Last year Watermelon Fest marked twenty years and received an Ontario Festivals & Events Achievement Award for Most Innovative Partnership with the Municipality of Bayham. Howe Farm supplied more than 200 watermelons for eating and seed-spitting contests as well as for just plain refreshing enjoyment by attendees. With a host of family-friendly activities (both melon and non-melon themed), the festival gets bigger each year. Watermelon Fest 2013 takes place on Saturday August 24th at the Straffordville Community Centre Park.

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Find out more about watermelons at www.watermelon.org. Check out some fun ideas for a watermelon based party on a Great Gatsby theme at www.pinterest.com/canadianfood/ entertain-like-gatsby-this-summer. National Watermelon Promotion Board

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From left: Jeff, Colin, Joanne & John Ferguson (photo by Robert Chaulk, courtesy of St. Thomas Times-Journal) Fall 2013 will find the folks at Ferguson's Fancy Beans celebrating their 50th harvest. That's a whole lot of fancy beans!

business is run by Colin Ferguson, sons John and Jeff and daughter Joanne. Relish Elgin stopped in recently to the on-farm office to chat with Joanne.

Ferguson's giant storage bins visible from Highbury Road as you approach St. Thomas are a landmark and indicator of the volume of product that is handled by Ferguson Bros. It turns out that the family grows a lot more than beans, and today the

Fifty years of successfully growing, harvesting and marketing Ferguson's beans around the world has happened only through the pursuit of quality and innovation. The business's website refers to bean ladders, cushion boxes, rubberized sprouts, belts and mats that help to ensure a better quality product.

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Would people be surprised how much is involved in producing beans? "Yes," says Joanne, "but I think most people would be surprised how much is involved in farming in general, at how high tech it is." She refers to a recent newspaper article highlighting the surprising levels of investment, business expertise and technological innovation which are now found on farms across southwestern Ontario.

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Joanne has had plenty of opportunity to see and be part of the changing face of farm-life. Her uncle Rod and father Colin grew up on the family farm. Rod now farms south of St. Thomas with his son Mac. Rod and Colin helped to start Strathroy Foods, a frozen vegetable processor which evolved into Bonduelle Foods. In 2009 the two men were inducted into the Elgin Agricultural Hall of Fame for their contributions to farming and community. Ferguson's is a multi-faceted business. Their specialty is coloured beans—dark red, cranberry, white kidney and light red kidney grown by themselves and also contracted farmers. Joanne notes, "We have worked with many of those growers for up to forty years. They have the special equipment that is required to harvest these types of beans." Harvested, processed and packed into containers which range from fifty-five pound bags, up to 3,000 pound totes, the beans are marketed around the world from Italy to Croatia, Spain and other European countries, Japan, South Africa, Australia, the United States and Canada. During the busy spring to fall harvest months Ferguson's employs from fifteen to twenty people. They also grow wheat, soy beans, field corn, sweet corn, peas, green beans and lima beans. Though she initially started down a career path off the farm, Joanne says that she is happy to have chosen to return to help run the family business.

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"There are pros and cons, but overall I have been happy with the decision, and I like the feeling of being self-employed." In spite of the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of today's farming, there is still an alwayspresent recognition of nature's role. "We are always dependent on Mother Nature. It's mid-June and we haven't planted some of the sweet corn, lima beans and coloured beans because it's still too wet." Predicting demand for fancy beans has been about as enigmatic as predicting the weather. "They are so healthy, there should be a greater demand for them in North America. But I think often people just don't know how to cook them." Those who decide to check into the tasty, low-fat, low-cost healthy advantages of making beans a bigger part of their diet soon discover how easy it is to prepare them in hundreds of interesting ways. Ferguson's offers a selection of their beans at their on-farm office for those who would like to buy them locally. Ferguson's Fancy Beans is located at 43850 Ferguson Line, St. Thomas, 519-631-3463.

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Cooking dry beans is just about as easy as boiling water—it's the thinking a bit ahead that stops most of us from using them often. But the rewards of incorporating a low fat, high fibre, reasonably priced ingredient into your cooking makes it well worth getting into a bean routine. Here's how to cook dried beans. Save time by making a large batch and freezing smaller portions. 1. Sort through beans to remove any stones and beans that are cracked or discoloured (pouring them out onto a cookie sheet helps). Place the rest of the beans in a colander and rinse well. 2. Soak beans in a large pot, using four times more water than beans. You can soak for 6-10 hours (overnight), or boil for two minutes, remove from heat and let stand for one hour.

3. Drain and rinse well. 4. Return beans to the pot with fresh water. Bring beans to a boil and remove any foam. 5. Reduce the heat and add seasonings (cumin, coriander, chili, onion, garlic, ginger) and simmer, partly covered, until they are tender (1-2 hours). (Tomato products, lemon, sugar and vinegar all slow down cooking, so add these ingredients during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.) 2 cups (500 mL) of dried beans make 4-6 cups (1L1.5L) of cooked beans (depending on the type). Source: eatrightontario.ca. Recipes for everything from Roasted Garlic & Bean Dip to Greek Style Bean Pitas, to a host of sides, salads and even desserts can be found at ontariobeans.on.ca.

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STORE-MADE SPECIALTIES, PERFECT FOR THE BBQ SAUSAGES, MARINATED BREAST FILLETS & KABOBS, BURGERS, BROILS, MEDALLIONS & MORE Visit us on the farm or at the St. Thomas Horton & Brantford Farmers’ Markets

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BY CHEF CINDY BIRCHAM One cannot live by dessert alone—oh, how I try. As much as I love a rich and creamy, sugar-laden tender slice of multi-layered cake, I believe a healthy diet is based on moderation and variety. Michael Pollen, an American author and professor, summed up his recommendations for healthy eating in his book, In Defense of Food by simply stating: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. In his latest publication, Cooked, we can now add three more words to his statement: And cook them. Mr. Pollen suggests we return to the craft of preparing our own food and I couldn't agree more. We all live busy lives and ready-to-eat foods can be very convenient when time runs faster than we do. This convenience comes at a price though and

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sometimes a reminder is necessary to remember what real food looks, tastes, and feels like. Sometimes we need to be told to slow down to smell the radishes, so to speak, and enjoy the bounty ripening just outside our back door. Here is your reminder: Elgin County is rich with agriculture and plants and there is no better way to celebrate it than by eating locally while the pickins' are plentiful. Diverse farms furrowed with fruits, vegetables, beans, and herbs dot our region and these ingredients for salads abound in endless combinations. Fresh, vibrant salads deserve only the best of dressings and to practise what Mr. Pollen preaches, skip the pre-made sauces and prepare your own vinaigrettes with just a few simple ingredients.

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Food & Dining A vinaigrette is a basic sauce prepared with a liquid fat, such as olive or sunflower oil, and an acidic liquid, such as vinegar or citrus juice, combined to become an emulsion—that is they blend together to form a homogeneous mixture. The vinaigrette can be further enhanced with the addition of other flavours, such as spices, herbs, or aromatics. The classic ratio of a vinaigrette is one part acid to two or three parts oil (ie. 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2-3 tablespoons oil). When you start to imagine the

combinations possible by switching up the components, a cumin-lime vinaigrette could become a basil-lemon vinaigrette very simply. Best of all, you can tell everyone you cooked the salad yourself.

Mexican Summer Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Salad 1 lb salad greens 8 rashers bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled 1 cup cooked beans (black eyed, cannellini, etc) 1 avocado, sliced 1 cup cooked corn from the cob 3 green onions, sliced 4 radishes, cut into strips ¼ cup fresh herbs (cilantro, oregano, etc)

Serves 4 Vinaigrette ¼ cup fresh lime juice ½ cup olive oil 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp kosher salt pinch cayenne flakes freshly cracked black pepper To prepare vinaigrette: place lime juice, mustard, garlic, and cumin in a large bowl. Using a whisk, slowly drizzle in olive oil until combined. Season with cayenne flakes, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Cindy Bircham is a Certified Professional Chef and food enthusiast with a passion for quality, local, and made-from-scratch. Visit www.elginharvest.ca for her blog 'From the Kitchen', to see what else she's been "cookin' up and puttin' up."

To assemble salad: Place avocado slices onto serving plates. In a large bowl, combine greens, bacon, beans, corn, onions, radishes, and herbs. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of vinaigrette onto salad and gently fold over to distribute evenly. Lift salad from bowl and place on top of avocado slices. Drizzle each salad with another tablespoon of vinaigrette and season lightly with salt and pepper. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Bircham)

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HMCS Ojibwa continues to be a surprising sight as you drive into Port Burwell, even after you have seen her many times. That sense of wonder no doubt continues to pass through the minds of those who were involved in the multi-year effort to bring her from Halifax Harbour to the tiny Great Lakes port. Finally, on June 29th the submarine and her guides will be ready for public tours and all inside the mammoth attraction situated alongside Otter Creek will be revealed. The "Inside the Sub" tours will start in the forward torpedo room and continue the 295 foot length, every inch packed with curiosity-inducing nooks, crannies and equipment. Once most visitors get just a bit familiar with the layout, they will begin to wonder how 62 or so men could have functioned onboard for a three month tour. And even after your first tour, you'll likely be left with a feeling that there is still more to know. That's only natural. During the Cold War years Canada's submarines actively tracked Russian ballistic missile boats, ready to take action if required. The Oberon Class submarines and her crews were respected for their ability to listen without being detected, to map the unique sound signature of ships, and to keep track of them. It was a war carried out in secret. Sometimes unidentified riders were boarded for drop-off at an

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unknown location. Sometimes the "Driver" received data to be loaded into a navigation device—it would chart a course for a destination unknown to everyone on board. Some pieces of equipment were removed from the sub because they are classified. The same is true of some of its capabilities. As it was for the submariners, there is indeed more to know. Some of it will never be revealed. Not much wonder, then, that the new attraction in Port Burwell is likely to leave you with a lingering sense of mystique and surprise. Tours of the HMCS Ojibwa start June 29th. The official opening is at 10:30am on July 6th with submariners invited from across the country (tours will not be available during the opening). Inside the Sub Tours start every 12 minutes and are $18.50 (age 13 and over) and $11 (children 6-12). Children under 6 are not permitted inside Ojibwa. Hours from June 29th to September 2nd are 9am to 9pm (last tour starts at 8pm). Hours from September 3rd to November 17th are 9am to 6pm (last tour starts at 5pm). Outside the Sub Tours start on the hour and half-hour and are $5 (children under 12 free). To find out more, visit www.projectojibwa.ca or call 519-633-7641. Reservations are recommended and will be available online.

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This past fall, Sandi Pyper's plan to make a pilgrimage to Camino de Compostela in Spain took a major detour—on June 21st she stepped out instead to make a 326 km trek across Elgin County. Not long after Sandi and her husband John had retired and down-sized their home, Sandi found herself thinking about "What's next?" She contemplated a pilgrimage in Spain as a time to reflect on her future. However, Sandi and her daughter Meagen share an appreciation for local community, agriculture, food and natural places. When Meagen suggested an Elgin County pilgrimage, Sandi was intrigued by the idea. Last November when Sandi went in search of a county map she ended up in the office of Elgin Tourism Services where Tourism Coordinator Kathryn Russell expressed enthusiasm for her idea but also had a question, "Isn't your daughter involved with Pearce Williams Camp's major capital campaign? Why don't you hike in support of that?" The Pearce Williams connection immediately struck Sandi as a wonderful fit for her walk. "My children and so many others have benefitted from attending Pearce Williams Camps. And recently they have developed programs with a farm focus and goal of teaching kids their connection to food and the world. I think that's so important. I wanted to support their vision of upgrading their facility

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to make it a more valuable community asset and to make it possible for more children to have a camp experience." Even the campaign slogan, "Called to Grow" resonated with Sandi. "It seemed to match up with my idea of discovering the direction in which I wanted to grow personally." On June 20th, with several months of planning and preparation behind her, Sandi chatted about the journey which was to begin the next day. The circuit route covering much of Elgin County had been planned in detail. It includes significant segments of the Trans Canada Trail, Elgin Hiking Trail and visits to farms, other businesses, attractions and spots of interest. There are several tenting stopovers along with some stays in trailers, cabins or homes of friends, old and new. She had made several connections via telephone and she noted, "I am most excited to meet the people who have extended their hospitality. I am also looking forward to hearing that there is awareness of the Pearce Williams Campaign and to boosting that wherever I can." With her kit packed (tent, sleeping bag, minimal clothing but lots of socks, information about the Pearce Williams campaign and a journal); aggressive-dog strategies in place; warm-up callus-building hikes accomplished and a route that

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Recreation she now knows like the back of her hand, Sandi was anxious to get going. She was planning to post daily on her "Where's Sandi?" Facebook page, but log her more personal reflections in her journal and go it mostly 'unplugged'. "I want to listen to nature. I do have some bird calls on my phone, for reference, though." Over the past few months Sandi has frequently been asked, "Why isn't John going with you?" She says her answer has been, "He wasn't really invited. It's something I want to do. After being married for thirty years, I think it will be interesting to spend time alone." However, the frequency of the inquiry had made her anxious to reassure her husband that she is not trying to get away from him. "He has been very supportive, although it wouldn't surprise me to find him keeping a protective watch from behind a tree." On the morning of Sunday June 23rd, with two days and nights of the walk under her belt, Sandi is still smiling in spite of the arrival on Friday of southern Ontario humidity and temperatures over 30 degrees. Her practice jaunts had been made in less humid weather. "I think maybe the humidity is cooking my feet and causing blisters—I am a bit more tired than I expected by day's end. But by morning I am eager to get going again. It makes you think about the fact that you get so used to spending so much time inside with air conditioning." She has enjoyed two evenings of interesting conversation, reflection on topics related to weather and farming, and getting to know her hosts at Lavender Sense near Wallactetown and Erie Gardens near Port Glasgow.

neighbours, Sandi has discovered that putting your roots a little deeper into your own locale may just be a very good way to grow within yourself. Sandi's walk will finish back at Pearce Williams at noon on July 12th and all are welcome to join in the celebration. She recommends three of her pre-hike reads: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce; Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish. Follow Sandi's walk at www.facebook.com/WhereIsSandiWalk. Tens of thousands of campers, staff, family re-union and retreat groups have benefitted from Pearce Williams Christian Centre's camps, facilities and programs over the past fifty years. Learn more about Pearce Williams, the Called to Grow capital campaign, and Sandi's walk at www.campisbetter.com.

In planning her walk, Sandi's spirit has been constantly buoyed by the way things have fallen into place and by the enthusiasm and kindness of people who have offered their hospitality to an interested stranger. A while back, she and Meagen had both read a book on urban homesteading, and discussed the question it presented, "Do you know your neighbours?" In getting to know her

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Home & Garden

GRANDMA'S GARDEN

As a child, Janis Harris loved to jump on her bike and ride with sister Lisa to visit their grandparents, Wray and Audre Smith. They would admire their grandmother's bountiful, colourful gardens. However, they could never quite understand her philosophy that their beauty was to be enjoyed outdoors, and the flowers should not be picked. Today Janis lives with husband Mark Harris on that same farm. She carries on the tradition of growing beautiful flowers, but pick them she does—by the thousands.

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Janis laughs, "At five years old I was going to horticultural meetings and taking flowers to the Shedden Fair for exhibit." Growing up with great-grandmother, grandmother, aunts and dad all actively involved in the activities and leadership of such organizations as the local master gardener groups and horticultural societies, family and flowers went together for both Janis and her sister. One can't help but wonder if Janis's pursuit of a career as an optician was motivated by a desire to

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Home & Garden help ensure that everyone can clearly see beautiful flowers. A couple of summers after meeting husband to be, Mark Harris, she solicited his help with her idea—she wanted to plant 3,000 gladiolus bulbs at her parents' farm and sell them at the market. Soon after, they rented a farm and started raising pastured pork and also flowers at her parents' and grandmother's farms. In November 2011, the couple was excited to buy Janis's grandparent's farm. The established flower gardens of lilies, irises, peonies and lilacs are now joined by three acres of sunflowers, gladiolas, zinnias, snapdragons and dahlias. Does she have favourites? Janis says, "Not really, I am trying to add another flower each year. My favourite changes depending on the month." She admits to having lovely visions of weddings decorated by different flower varieties with each new season. Sunflowers (nineteen varieties of them) do seem to play a big part in the Harrises' venture—in 2012 she and Mark planted over 7,000 sunflower seeds and this year it will be 14,000. Throughout the year, flowers are never far from Janis's mind. A highlight of the couple's

honeymoon to P.E.I. was a stop at Vesey's Seeds. For Valentines, Mark gave her a "hosta pack" and is building a new raised bed for them. For Christmas she was delighted to receive a membership in the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, a valuable network and source of information and ideas. In winter, acquisition of a new book about flowers is reason to celebrate. Janis starts seeds at her parents' farm, and then sunflower planting starts in April, 1,000 plants at a time. Of course, acres of flowers do not a business make—each one has to get from field to customer. Janis's parents, Cathy McGregor and Gary Smith (McSmith's Organic Farm), have grown and marketed organic crops for almost thirty years. From them she has received support and gained knowledge, an entrepreneurial spirit and marketing savvy. Successful market vending demands a flair for customer service and engagement which helps to create a friendly market vibe. It was second-nature to Janis but new to Mark when they started coming to market four years ago. Early on, she once prodded gently, "You shouldn't sit down, you are supposed to be ready to help customers." Mark quickly got the knack, and now customers seek out the Harrises'

Left: Mark, Nathan, Cameron and Janis at the Horton Farmers' Market (photo by Mark Girdauskas of Photos by MG); Right: Cameron and Nathan helping out with picking (photo courtesy of Janis Harris)

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Home & Garden booth where they find Mark, Janis and two young sons in training, ready and eager to help. This year Janis will also start selling at the Covent Garden Market in London. In the past, outdoor flower vendors weren't permitted but she has negotiated the opportunity to offer sunflowers and gladiolas. "It will be good to get the ball rolling with another market," Janis notes. In addition, many of her flowers are purchased for weddings and other special occasions. Though Janis and Mark continue to have off-farm jobs, both enjoy the farming lifestyle (Mark was raised on a cow-calf cash crop farm near Mount Forest). Along with their flowers they also raise pastured pork. They value the opportunity to involve their children in farm and market life. Three-year-old Cameron and seven-month old Nathan have been at every Saturday market since

their births. Cameron helps out every night on the farm and at two could point out and say gladiolas, zinnias and sunflowers. The "grandmother's garden" that once brought joy to Wray and Audre Smith and their family and visitors has blossomed into a source of delight for the hundreds of people who pick up Harris Flower Farm bouquets throughout the growing season. A few of Janis's favourite flower books: The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski, The 50 Mile Bouquet by Debra Prinzing and Slow Flowers by Debra Prinzing. For more information about the Harris Flower Farm, visit http://harrisflowerfarmpasturedpork. weebly.com, call 519-668-9537, or email janisandmarkharris@hotmail.com.

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Beat the Four hot tips to keep your garden looking fresh this summer BY DOROTHY GEBERT It's hot out there. The weather report says it's going to stay in the upper temperatures for another week with no rain clouds in sight. As you sit in front of a fan to cool off, you look towards your garden. The impatiens flowers are hanging their heads, the daisies are looking spindly, and the tomatoes are turning black. What to do? Here are some tips from local horticultural and landscape experts to help you and your garden survive the heat and look good throughout the summer.

Give your plants a drink "To keep a garden looking fresh, the main ingredient is water," says Jim Stinson of Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas. "Most plants can take the heat, but they can't take the dryness. So you have to keep on top of the watering." He recommends running the hose or sprinkler early in the morning so the water will last the plants the rest of the day. Soak the ground and the roots as opposed to the leaves for the moisture to get to where it will do the most good. And leave the

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water running for a long time so the liquid goes deep. Light watering only affects the surface and produces weak growth. If you're not available in the morning, the next best time is early evening. This gives plants time to replenish after the hot afternoon sun, and they won't go into the night totally damp and wet, which can sometimes foster mold and disease. But, if your plants are wilting and stressed, it doesn't matter what time of day it is. "You don't leave a dying man in the desert," Jim says. "You give him water, and your plants are the same. If they're dry, they need water immediately, not six hours from now."

Provide a balanced menu "One of the biggest things for plants to look healthy is to keep the fertilizer going throughout the summer," says Annette Weesjes of Family Flowers in St. Thomas. Plants can pull nutrients out of the soil, but you still need to give them something extra to encourage strong roots. When they lack fertilizer, plants become

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Home & Garden yellow and pale and don't grow very strong. "You know how you get black ends on tomatoes," Annette says, "it's usually lack of calcium, or it's too dry, so bump up the fertilizer and keep the water going." She says any well-balanced fertilizer will work, such as slow-release, water soluble or granular types, but recommends mixing dry fertilizer with lots of water to avoid burning.

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She recommends adding a gurgling fountain, rushing waterfall, or splashy pond for its psychological refreshment and stimulating movement. The environment around the water feature may even drop a few degrees because the water evaporates into the air. So if you're looking for a great place to cool off, keep a chair close by.

According to Nancy Sproul of Aylmer Garden Centre, the best way to encourage lush new growth is to cut back your flowers. "When plants are flowering and flowering hard, it takes a lot of energy—a lot of moisture, fertilizer, and sunlight," she says. "So if you snip them back, it gives them more strength." Nancy recommends starting slow, trimming one or two flowers, then stepping back, seeing how they look and then snipping some more. And after you're done, make sure to fertilize. Within ten days to two weeks, new blooms will appear and look stronger than if you had left the original flowers. "A lot of people are afraid to cut back their plants because they worry about losing their flowers," Nancy says. "But, believe me, they'll come back and look even better."

As much as water is a crucial ingredient for your plants, it's also important for you too. "Most people go to the lake or to the cottage because of the water," says Deanne Tillotson of Silverthorn Landscape Supplies in St. Thomas, "so why not bring that sound to your backyard where you can have it everyday."

As you sit and sip your lemonade and listen to the soothing fountain, you may notice how well the impatiens flowers have perked up after their early morning watering. The daisies too have grown more blooms after their trim a few weeks ago, and your tomatoes are getting quite plump after their feeding. It's going to be a great summer. Dorothy Gebert is an Elgin County writer whose special passion is telling stories about gardens, landscapes and greenscapes. ©istockphoto.com/onepony

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