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Culture Home Recreation Fall 2011 | Volume 5 | Issue 3

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Lydia Harder Creating In Clay

Entertaining Elgin: Moondog Uproar Finding Spanish Inspiration in Elgin's Bounty


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Welcome

From the Editor

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Fall in Elgin County awaits. Get out to our fall fairs, festivals and Doors Open events (three of them). Get back to cooking up your favourite heart-warming soups and casseroles using the bounty of local root vegetables, pumpkins, squash... Get entertained by the variety of live music and theatre events upcoming.

Featuring locally in-season produce

We especially look forward to the start of the local community theatre seasons (Elgin Theatre Guild, Oct 6; Aylmer Community Theatre, Oct 20; West Elgin Dramatics Society, date to be announced). These organizations offer veteran amateur actors a chance to grow, and fledgling actors of all ages opportunity to discover hidden talents. There’s something irresistible about watching a play unfold, a gift to the community from volunteers eager to entertain just for the sheer joy of it. This issue of Relish Elgin includes brief listings of many of the Fall happenings in Elgin County. We are also pleased to include contributions from writers Christie Massé and Anita LaRue and photo-journalist Mark Girdauskas who join us in our enthusiasm for the delights to be found in our area. Our cover is in tune with the vibrancy of the season with a painting by Evelyn Clarke, who loves to capture the visual intricacies of nature most of us tend to miss. Our website, www.relishelgin.ca, includes expanded event details and information. New online, you will also find links to Relish Elgin More, a treasure-trove of photo-rich articles— many of them featuring Mark's great photos.

Cheers,

Debra

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5 Autumn Events in Elgin 13 Lydia Harder: Creating in Clay 18 Map of Elgin 21 Entertaining Elgin: Moondog Uproar by Anita LaRue

23 Mi Tabla Su Tabla: Finding Spanish Inspiration in Elgin

Chef Christie Massé features a recipe for Dos Cerdos (Two Pigs)

27 Farm Profiles

Koscik Greenhouse Tomatoes, Ferguson's Produce and Spruce Ridge Farm

33 Old Berry, New Berry:

Elderberries & Saskatoon Berries

Our Cover Image

Flip Side by artist Evelyn Clarke (oil on canvas, 16”x20”). Visit Springfield artist Evelyn's website, www.eclarkeoriginals.weebly.com and find out more about the image on page 19. Editor • Debra Bagshaw • editor@relishelgin.ca Design • Joanne Bagshaw • 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 2011, 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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Events

Amazing Autumn! SEPTEMBER Saturdays Until Oct 29 HORTON FARMERS' MARKET Manitoba St, just north of Talbot, St. Thomas | 8am-noon www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca Every Sat in Sept Clovermead Honey Harvest Festival Clovermead Bees & Honey Adventure Farm | 519-773-5503 11302 Imperial Rd, Aylmer www.clovermead.com Sat Sept 10, SEPT 24 & Oct 15 PSTR Murder & Mystery Call the station for reservations. Dinner at 6pm; departure at 7pm Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730, 1-877-244-4478 www.pstr.on.ca Tues Sept 13 - Sat Oct 1 Art Gallery of Lambeth Exhibition: Connect Seven Opening Fri Sept 16, 7-10pm 2454 Main St, Lambeth 519-652-5556 www.artgalleryoflambeth.ca

Thurs Sept 15 - Sat Sept 17 Fall Festival at Family Flowers Family Flowers | 519-631-6004 44329 Talbot Ln, St. Thomas www.familyflowers.ca Weekends UNTIL SAT Nov 5 Belmont Corn Maze Fri 7-10pm; Sat 1-10pm; Sun 1-5pm (last visitors admitted 1 hour before closing) 46614 Crossley Hunter Ln 519-644-1379 www.belmontcornmaze.net Fri Sept 16 - Sun Sept 18 157th Rodney Aldborough Fair Rodney Park, Queens St, Rodney 519-768-1858 www.rodneyfair.ca Sat Sept 17 Captain Fantastic at PSFT A tribute to Elton John 8pm | $24.95/person Port Stanley Festival Theatre 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353, 1-855-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca

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Sat Sept 17 Believe in a Cure Walk for Lou Gehrig's Disease 10am-1pm (registration 10am) Pinafore Park, Elm St, St. Thomas Contact: Kate, 519-633-6540 www.believearmy.com Sat Sept 17 Dyeing Workshop at Backus-Page House Backus-Page House Museum 29424 Lakeview Ln, Wallacetown Contact: Carol, 519-768-2976 www.backuspagehouse.ca Sat Sept 17 Active Elgin Day This event offers many free or discounted activities to try. Visit www.activeelgin.ca for details. 519-631-3159 ext. 249 Sat Sep 17 Aylmer Performing Arts Presents Emm Gryner 7:30pm | $25; $100 full season Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John Street South, Aylmer APAC Hotline: 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com

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Hawkwatch at Hawk Cliff Sat Sept 17 & Sun Sept 18 Hawkwatch at Hawk Cliff Demonstrations at 11am & 2pm Fairview Ave (Regional Road 22) at Lake Erie, Central Elgin Sat Sept 17 & Sun Sept 18 Fall Bulb Days AT CANADALE NURSERIES 8am-5pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun 269 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas 519-631-7264 | www.canadale.com Sat Sept 17 - Sat Oct 29 STEPAC Exhibition: Stanley Lewis—Prints St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Timken Gallery 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca Sat Sept 17 - Sat Oct 29 STEPAC Exhibition: Eric Atkinson—12 Major Paintings Opening Reception Sept 17, 7-9 St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Main Gallery 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

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Sat Sept 17 - Fri Dec 23 Changing Gears—Elgin County Industry in the 20th Century Elgin County Museum 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas 519-631-1460 ext. 160 www.elgin-county.on.ca

Fri Sept 23 - Sun Oct 2 Friends of Portside Show and Sale Opening Reception Fri Sept 23, 7-9pm | 11am-5pm daily Portside Gallery | 519-782-7066 187 1/2 Main St, Port Stanley portside.cuttingpromotions.com

Sun Sept 18 St. Thomas Terry Fox run Pinafore Park, Elm St, St. Thomas Contact: Jennifer, 519-631-8897 9am-12pm | www.terryfox.org

Sat Sept 24 & Sun Sept 25 Port Stanley Art Fair 11am-5pm | Front Lawn of the Royal Canadian Legion 310 George Street, Port Stanley Contact: Susan, 519-777-3999

Sun Sept 18 10th Annual Elgin Pugnic 11am-4:30pm | $5/family Dan Patterson Conservation Area 44014 Highbury Ave, St. Thomas Contact: Sherry, 519-633-5606 www.elginpugnic.com Sun Sept 18 Dutton/Dunwich Terry Fox Run 12pm (registration at 11:30am) Sons of Scotland Park, Dutton www.terryfox.org Wed Sept 21 100 Mile Harvest Dinner Food, music and a silent auction; limited tickets, please call ahead 4:30-7pm | $30/family Sparta Quaker Meetinghouse Contact: 519-775-9953 Fri Sept 23 - SUN Sept 25 STEPAC Exhibition: Connie Greger in the Studio After the Snow: Boisterous Botanicals at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Studio Gallery 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca

Sat Sept 24 1st Annual Port Stanley Community-wide Fall Yard & Sidewalk Sale 9am-4pm Sat Sept 24 Telegraph House Bake Sale 9am-12pm | Telegraph House 205 Main Street, Port Stanley Sat Sept 24 Taste of Port Stanley $65 includes a passport to 6 restaurants (excl. beverages) Tickets at PSFT box office, 302 Bridge St, 519-782-4353 or www.portstanleytheatre.ca Sat Sept 24 Jammin' in the Cabin Band Benefit Concert 1-5pm | Free Admission Pinecroft Pottery 8048 Rogers Road South, Aylmer 519-773-3435 | www.pinecroft.ca Sat Sept 24 Doors Open East Elgin Most venues open 10am-5pm www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

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Events Sat Sept 24 Electronic Item Clean-Up at CASO Station 9am-12pm Canada Southern Railway Station 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-633-2535 Sat Sept 24 Deni Gauthier at STEPAC Full acoustic show, proceeds to support young artists 8-10pm; doors open at 7:30pm $10 in advance; $12 at the door St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca Sat Sept 24 & Sun Sept 25 Rush Creek Wines' 15th Annual Harvest Festival Rush Creek Wines | 519-773-5432 48995 Jamestown Ln, Aylmer www.rushcreekwines.com Sun Sept 25 Walk a Mile in HER Shoes Men walk a mile in women's footwear to raise funds for Women's Place, Elgin's women's emergency shelter. 1-3pm | Pinafore Park 519-633-0155, 1-800-265-4305 www.vawsec.on.ca Tues Sept 27 Words & Music Author Linwood Barclay and the Rainbow Gardens Quartet with jazz vocalist Hazel Walker. Tickets (free) available at St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall. 8pm | Princess Ave Playhouse 40 Princess Avenue, St. Thomas Contact: 519-631-6050 www.st-thomas.library.on.ca

Thurs Sept 29 Elgin Arts Trail Launch Presented by Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism | 4:30pm-7:00pm St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas RSVP by Sept 26 to Lindsey, 519-631-1460 ext. 164 or lmorritt@elgin-county.on.ca Thu Sept 29 Ferguson & Wheatley at PSFT 8pm | $22 in advance, $25 at door Port Stanley Festival Theatre 302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley 519-782-4353, 1-855-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca Fri Sept 30 - Sun Oct 2 151st Wallacetown Fair Wallacetown Fairgrounds Contact: Shelley, 519-670-7435 www.wallacetownfair.com

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Fri Sept 30 - Sun Oct 2 Culture Days at the Bank The Arts & Cookery Bank takes part in celebrating our culture and community through food and photos with several events occurring over the weekend. 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

OCTOBER Sat Oct 1 Canada-U-Cook Breakfast featuring local foods cooked up by local producers. Open to the first 100 "early bird" visitors. | 8-10am The Arts and Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com

Corn Maze at Rush Creek Wines' Harvest Festival

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Events Sat Oct 1 Fest-a-Month: French Canadian An evening of tasting and celebration of our rich French Canadian heritage. $30/person (registration req'd) 6:30-9:30pm | 519-768-9986 The Arts and Cookery Bank 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne www.theartsandcookerybank.com Sat Oct 1 VogelJoy CONCERT at Belmont Corn Maze Come visit the maze and enjoy a live performance by VogelJoy 2pm & 3:30pm | 519-644-1379 46614 Crossley Hunter Ln www.belmontcornmaze.net

Sat Oct 1 Doors Open Port Stanley Sparta Most venues open 10am-4pm www.doorsopenontario.on.ca Sat Oct 1 Heritage Bake Sale at Telegraph House 10am-4pm, or until sold out 205 Main Street, Port Stanley Sat Oct 1 Harness Your Health With guest speakers on topics of health; includes lunch; proceeds to Make a Wish Foundation. 10am-3pm | $40 (registration req'd) Heritage Line Herbs | 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Ln, RR#1 Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com

Sat Oct 1 & Sun Oct 2 Doors Open St. Thomas Most venues open 10am-4pm www.doorsopenontario.on.ca Sun Oct 2 Arbour Bed & Breakfast Presents Suzie Vinnick 2pm | $20/person Arbour Bed & Breakfast, 10361 Talbotville Gore Rd, Talbotville 519-933-3986 | www.arbourbb.com Sun Oct 2 ELGIN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE CAR-A-VAN TOUR: CENTRAL & EAST ELGIN 10am-3pm | Maps available from the Elgin County Libraries & St. Thomas Public Library, or call Roberta Gillard, 519-633-0114

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Events Sun Oct 2 Elgin County's Own “Amazing Race” Just 25 teams (pre-registration req'd) compete through the village of Port Stanley for awesome prizes to raise funds for Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation. 519-637-8230 | www.escf.ca Sun Oct 2 Artist Talk: Eric Atkinson —I Brought My Culture & Legends in My Haversack 2-4pm | Admission is free St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca Tues Oct 4 - Sat Nov 6 Art Gallery of Lambeth ExhibitION: Colours of Fall Art Gallery of Lambeth 2454 Main Street, Lambeth 519-652-5556 www.artgalleryoflambeth.ca

Aberlin Dairy Goat Farm, Elgin Federation of Agriculture Car-A-Van Tour 2010

Thurs Oct 6 - Sun Oct 9 & Thurs Oct 13 - Sat Oct 15 Aylmer Community Theatre presents Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig A hilarious comedy Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm WED Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, 38 John Street South, Aylmer Nov 23 & Nov 30 519-773-3372 Nine Wednesdays at the www.aylmertheatre.ca Arts & Cookery Bank Sat Oct 8 Fun & learning with guest chefs Shania Twain Tribute at followed by delectable eats. the Wharf 6:30pm | Registration req'd 8pm | $25 (limited seating) The Arts and Cookery Bank The Wharf | 519-782-7788 242 Graham Rd, West Lorne 208 Main Street, Port Stanley 519-768-9986 www.theartsandcookerybank.com www.portstanleywharf.com Last 4 weekends in October Thurs Oct 6 & Thanksgiving Monday Volunteer Job Fair Scarecrow Pumpkin Several organizations | 7-9pm Festival St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre 11am-5pm | Ferguson's Produce 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas 11026 Wellington Rd, St. Thomas 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca www.fergusonproduce.com

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Mon Oct 10 Thanksgiving Dinner and Train Ride Call the station for reservations; Dinner at 11:45am; Ride departures at 1pm & 2:30pm Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca Fri Oct 14 & Sat Oct 15 13th Annual Brit Night at Sparta House Local band The Royals & trivia 6:30pm | $27.50 (incl. dinner) Main St, Sparta | 519-775-2312 www.spartahouse.com Fri & Sat Oct 14 &15, 21 &22, 28 & 29 Haunting Nights at the Belmont Corn Maze 7-10pm | Belmont Corn Maze 46614 Crossley Hunter Ln 519-644-1379 www.belmontcornmaze.net

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Events

Top: Wagon rides at the Ferguson Scarecrow Festival Bottom: Direction signs at Great Lakes Farms' Pumpkin Fest

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Sat Oct 15 Cooking with Herbs: Soups, Salads & Breads 1:30pm | $25 (registration req'd) Heritage Line Herbs | 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Ln, RR#1 Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com Sat oct 15 Anne Lindsay AT THE PSFT 8pm | $22 advance, $25 at door Port Stanley Festival Theatre 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca Sat Oct 15 6th Annual Trivia Night Entertainment, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Registration and tickets available at St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin Mall location. 7pm | $120 for a team of 6 Holy Angel's Church 502 Talbot Street, St. Thomas Contact: Ruth at 519-631-6050 www.st-thomas.library.on.ca Wed Oct 19 Annual Small Business Sample Show 4-7pm | St. Anne's Centre 20 Morrison Dr, St. Thomas Presented by St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce, 519-631-1981 Thurs Oct 20 - Sun Oct 23 & Thurs Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Elgin Theatre Guild Presents Perfect Wedding Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm The Princess Avenue Playhouse 40 Princess Ave., St. Thomas 519-633-8530 www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Fri Oct 21 St. Thomas Performing Arts Presents Dan Hill Sold as a series of 4 shows for $95, but single tickets may be available for $35 (call ahead) 8pm | Central United Church 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas 519-633-1178 www.stthomasperformingarts.com Sat Oct 22 Herbs & Their Uses, Medicinal & Culinary 1:30pm | $5 (registration req'd) Heritage Line Herbs | 519-866-5577 53443 Heritage Ln, RR#1 Aylmer www.heritagelineherbs.com Sat Oct 22 Aylmer Performing Arts Presents Hemingway Corner 7:30pm | $100/season; $25/show Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John Street South, Aylmer 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com Thurs Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Haunted House at the Wallacetown Fairgrounds Movie theatre, haunted house & boo patch for younger children Thurs 7-9pm, Fri & Sat 7-11pm www.wallacetownfair.com Fri Oct 28 & Sat Oct 29 Halloween Mystery Train Rides Call the station for reservations. Dinner at 6pm; departure at 7pm Port Stanley Terminal Rail 309 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-3730 | www.pstr.on.ca

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Events Sat Nov 5 & Sun Nov 6 Purple Steeple Antique Show & Sale Sponsored by Trinity Anglican Church | Admission $5/person Appraisals Sun ($5/item, limit 3) Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm Canada Southern Railway Station, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas Sun Nov 6 Port Burwell Armistice Day Parade From Legion to Cenotaph NOVEMBER Fri Nov 11 St. Thomas Remembrance Fri Nov 4 Day Service STEPAC Fall Art Auction 10:45am, at Boy Soldier at St. 6:30-11pm St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre Thomas Elgin General Hospital 301 Talbot St, St. Thomas Fri Nov 11 519-631-4040 | www.stepac.ca Aylmer Remembrance Day Ceremonies Sat Nov 5 10:30am, at Cenotaph, Talbot St The Great Pumpkin Smash at the Belmont Corn Maze Fri Nov 11 - Sun NOV 13 Bring your pumpkin to toss, 16th Annual Christmas in throw, catapult or smash and visit St. Thomas Tour of Homes $17 advance, $20 at door the maze one last time. Sat & Sun 10am-4pm 1-4pm | Rain date Sun Nov 6 Candlelight Preview Fri Nov 11 Belmont Corn Maze (limited tickets; $30/person) 46614 Crossley Hunter Ln 519-633-0838 519-644-1379 www.rotarystthomas.org www.belmontcornmaze.net Sat Oct 29 & Sun Oct 30 Great Lakes Farms' Pumpkin Fest 10am-5pm | 519-782-3433 5111 Union Road, Port Stanley www.greatlakesfarms.ca Sat Oct 29 & Sun Oct 30 The Art of Judy Minor, Annual Studio Show Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm 15 South St E, Aylmer www.judyminor.ca

Sat NOV 12 JP COrmier AT THE PSFT 8pm | $22 advance, $25 at door Port Stanley Festival Theatre 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca Sat NOV 12 Aylmer Performing Arts Presents THE SKIP PROKOP SHOW 7:30pm | $100/season; $25/show Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre 38 John Street South, Aylmer 519-765-3039 www.artsinaylmer.com

WE STRIVE FOR ACCURACY IN THESE LISTINGS, BUT DETAILS SOMETIMES CHANGE SO PLEASE CALL AHEAD OR CHECK ONLINE BEFORE YOU GO.

MORE ONLINE More events, details and past event photos can be found at www.relishelgin.ca

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Constituency Office: 2-24 First Avenue, St. Thomas, ON N5R 4M5 Tel: (519) 637-2255 • Fax: (519) 637-3358 Toll Free: 1-866-404-0406 www.joeprestonmp.ca

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Arts

LydiaHarder CREATING IN CLAY

A display of Lydia Harder’s pottery makes a stunning show of colour, texture and form—it reflects the energy and time she has applied to developing her skill as a potter. This summer she also fulfilled her dream of teaching pottery classes and sharing the pleasures of creating in clay. Lydia has taken her pottery to many local festivals and events over the past few years. She is always ready with a charming story about a certain piece, or a smile as she explains the interesting surprises that sometimes happen when firing in the kiln. For many people, the beauty and character of handcrafted pottery is irresistible. With a twinkle in her eye, businesswoman Lydia has an uncanny knack of zeroing in on the selling point that will convince an admiring customer that they really do need a certain lovely bowl or platter. It’s an ability that is

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backed by her confidence in the real and lasting value of her work. Lydia focuses mainly on creating functional pottery. She says, “I enjoy creating and designing for the kitchen—I envision the meals being served in the vessels, and the people who will enjoy the food from them.” She uses primarily brown bodied clay which is fired in a reduction kiln. Lydia was born the youngest of three children of Mennonite parents and raised in a strongly

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Arts religious, pastoral home. She attended Sparta Union Public School and East Elgin Secondary School, choosing a music option over an art one, but wishing she could have done both. She went on to Laurier University, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree. Following graduation from university Lydia came to meet her pottery teacher and lifelong friend, Barbara Murphy of Waterloo County Pottery. She apprenticed for over two years and sold her first pieces in 1995. She praises Barb for being “generous, supportive and coming just shy of ‘forcing’ me to the next level as a potter.” She adds, “More locally, I have been blessed by my friendship with potter Shirley Clifford.” Potting can be a huge space- and time-consuming endeavour, perhaps not an ideal match for someone raising a young family. Says Lydia, “As I got married and had two beautiful children, I took a hiatus from pottery to teach music, something I also really enjoy. This September I will be entering my 6th year on staff at the Mount Salem Christian School, and my second year teaching a full Choral/ Theory program. In 1997, Lydia also completed Deep Muscle Therapy Certification and continues to take further courses to complete her Lymphedema Certification. Her

interest in this area stems from her strong belief in living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Chatting with Lydia at different points over the past few years, she has often mentioned her desire to organize her work-life to include pottery instruction. As her children have become older, that had recently become a more realistic possibility. She enjoys teaching and has had ample experience, so it is a natural fit. Always running through the conversation as Lydia has contemplated teaching, has been a concern for structuring the classes to make them as worthwhile as possible for her students. Especially with children, that is no small feat; working with clay requires a certain degree of discipline and patience which doesn’t come naturally to many. Starting with classes of one or two students, Lydia has come up with effective techniques to provide lots of action but to make each class an enriching experience. She ran her first kid’s camp in August. (See “Lydia’s First Pottery Camp Diary” on page 17). Firing up a kiln is expensive so it is important to maximize the use of space. Lydia’s last firing was in a kiln she shares with a friend and included an order of goblets, two 8-lb casseroles, a 4-piece dinner set, pinch pots made by children at a recent

A bowl from the Abbey's Ash Collection (left) and mugs from the Red Collection. Photos courtesy of Angie Scott.

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Lydia at work during a recent Pottery Camp (left; photo by Mark Girdauskas). A selection of pieces from the Abbey's Ash Collection (right; photo couresty of Angie Scott). Experience Elgin’s Finest Visual Arts Attractions on the

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Canadian Woodenware Old PUC Building St. John's Anglican Church For more info Farmgate Markets please call Centre Street Baptist Church Railway City Brewing Co. 519-631-1680 The Motorman (C.E. Flexen) ext 4131 St. Thomas City Hall Main Fire Station Elgin County Museum Elgin Military Museum Knox Presbyterian Church Old St. Thomas Church & Churchyard Canada Southern Railway Station Elgin County Railway Museum St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

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Arts Steed & Co Lavender festival, pieces from a private class with a 7-year old and the projects from her first kid’s summer camp. It was a busy August! As an entrepreneur, Lydia is excited to find ways to balance her DMT clinic, teaching music, creating pottery and giving pottery instruction. Opportunities have also arisen for her to use her range of skills in a more therapy oriented manner, working with some clients on developing social/ emotional skills, communication, fine motor dexterity, and creative thought processing. Many people, both children and adults, spend increasing hours of their day in the virtual world of cyberspace. There are significant benefits to be had in balancing these hours with some time spent in hands-on creative pursuits. Lydia’s dedication to

providing a valuable and fun experience is sure to make one of her classes a worthwhile introduction to the pleasures of creating in clay.

Lydia is currently booking for fall and winter pottery classes (days, evenings and Saturdays), generally with a limit of 5 students per class. For information on classes, call her at 519-765-3453. You can see Lydia’s work at Cobblestones Gift & Gallery of Shelley McVittie and Lydia Harder (48664 John Wise Line, Aylmer). The blue pieces on page 9 are from Lydia's Denim Collection. Photo courtesy of Angie Scott.

Lydia leads a student through the process of throwing a piece on the potter's wheel at a recent Pottery Camp. Photos by Mark Girdauskas.

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LYDIA’S FIRST POTTERY CAMP DIARY DAY 1: We get acquainted and quickly start work on our first pieces—hard slab boxes with lids and trays made in porcelain to be pit-fired on Day 4. DAY 2: While the children are using brown clay as a group, each has an individual tutorial on the wheel, making seven pieces from cup bodies to bowls, even a sugar bowl body which will have a cork lid. DAY 3 (A WEEK LATER): We prep pieces that had been bisqued, decide which glaze will be used for the gas kiln and discuss our approach to pit firing. DAY 4: The pit has been dug and we proceed outdoors to collect all the required combustibles which may or may not include cow dung. We arrange bricks and stilts to build the grill for the pots, arrange the combustibles (sawdust, dung, leaves, twigs) and salts/ oxides for colour. We ignite our pit and proceed indoors to commence the final project of corked bottles to be worked on through the day of pit firing. The bottles/vases finished at an amazing 12” to 13” height. DAY 5: The great reveal of the pit and a road trip to the gas kiln to have an unload, sand and show and tell of pieces plus a picnic... aaawwwsome! Photos at left, top to bottom: Students' work lines the shelves in the studio during a recent Pottery Camp; Students work on their creations; The gas kiln packed with pieces to be fired; Students watch over the pit they built to fire their work. Photos by Mark Girdauskas.

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ON OUR COVER Our cover features Flip Side by artist Evelyn Clarke (oil on canvas, 16”x20”). Evelyn’s love for nature carries over into her paintings. They tend to be of clouds, floral and local landscapes. Evelyn works in oils, watercolours, pastels and graphite, but particularly enjoys the rich colour and effortless blendability of oils. Visit www.eclarkeoriginals.weebly.com to see more of Evelyn's work.

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Moondog Uproar BY ANITA LARUE

Moondog Uproar formed in 2008 when three talented local musicians set out to play their unique brand of rock and roll and to connect with audiences both nearby and further afield. Mike Lavereau, Matt Varey and Aaron Ambrose have done just that, releasing their Sunrise album in 2009, and touring throughout Ontario and Canada’s East Coast. The “uproar” they create will certainly grow with the release of their second album this fall. Mike Lavereau (leads vocals, guitar, keyboard and harmonica) and Aaron Ambrose (bass guitar) were both born and raised in St. Thomas. Matt Varey

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(drums) grew up in London. The three got together in a round-about way—the band’s history suggests destiny can create a pathway that is sometimes better than the one originally planned. Mike and Matt had played in a previous band and when the former band didn’t pan out, Mike and Matt decided to go in another direction and started fresh with what is now called Moondog Uproar. Add in Mike’s close childhood friend Aaron’s talents and their shared passion for music, and they had an ideal combination for musical creativity. Says Aaron, “It’s a musical marriage that works

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Entertainment sometimes and other times not so well, but when we find a common ground artistically and we are on the same page, it is amazing!” The band’s name reflects their unique take on creating music and performing. A moondog is a relatively rare celestial phenomenon seen, usually in the Arctic, when two images of the moon appear in a lunar halo. The imagery is fitting for three guys who aim to make a memorable impression on their audiences. A moondog photo also made a great cover for their first album, Sunrise. Anyone who sees one of Moondog Uproar’s energetic, fun performances will quickly realize where the “Uproar” part of the name originates. Released in 2009, Sunrise consists of twelve original tracks written by Mike, Matt and Aaron; it was produced by Moondog and Siegfried Meier from Beach Road Studios in Goderich. Their brand of rock—rock with a creative twist—highlights tracks such as “American Land”, “Know Your Name” and “Free”. Songs written with brilliant lyrics and originality set this band apart and compel the listener to want more. Says Matt, “If we could do this for a living, it would be a dream come true.” The band’s combined love of rock and roll is rooted in a knowledgeable interest in the music of a diverse mix of musicians including the Beatles, Oasis and Led Zeppelin, and ranging from classic rock up to the present. Each band member has brought his own writing style and sound to the second album, due to be released Thanksgiving weekend. It will include 10 original songs in a style that will be a bit different than that of Sunrise. Mike notes that writing music “is when inspiration just happens and lyrics are then created. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to write a song; other times it can take years. It all depends on the moment.” Moondog Uproar has played a wide variety of venues and works tirelessly to entertain and create a fan base across Canada. In June 2011, the group headed on an East Coast tour which included Prince Edward

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Matt Varey, Mike Lavereau & Aaron Ambrose Island, New Brunswick and Halifax. They have played concerts throughout Toronto, made appearances at Fanshawe College in London, and often rock the house in Port Stanley on the laid–back beachfront stage at GT’s. As well, their music has reached listeners on a third of Canadian radio stations. Moondog Uproar dreams of living the life of music. Their astounding lyrics, high energy, ability to connect with audiences, and unfaltering determination have put them in a position to achieve the dream. Rock the house Moondog—we will all be listening!

Watch for the release of Moondog Uproar's new album this fall. Find out more at www.moondoguproar.com. Photos courtesy of John Ker. Anita LaRue has written from a very young age, has been a member of a local creative writing group and was published in Carnegie 15, a collection of diverse writing. She has partnered with Write Advantage (www.writeadvantage.ca) to write about entertainment, arts and music, topics close to her heart.

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Mi Tabla Su Tabla FINDING SPANISH INSPIRATION IN ELGIN COUNTY BY CHEF CHRISTIE MASSÉ

My stomach viciously rumbles as I submerge myself into Ann Vanderhoof’s recipes in An Embarrassment of Mangoes, a tale of a couple from Toronto—by day magazine editor and art director, by night novice sailor foodies. As partners in life and work, they find themselves escaping the nine-to-five by embarking on a journey by sea headed for the Caribbean. This rings familiar with me—fiancé Will and I are making a trip to the Dominican this September (although by flight) for the wedding of Will’s brother, Matt. Feeling as inspired as Ann by a cultural palate-shift, I’m itching to get my apron dirty. Matt is the Head Chef of the Turks and Caicos’ celebrated Magnolia Restaurant & Wine Bar, known for serving familiar names such as “Brangelina” and the woman whose photos turned-on the 90’s, Miss Cindy Crawford. With similar philosophies of local and seasonal food, Matt’s roster of products differs greatly from ours. That being said, a continent apart, we in Elgin County can still find many ingredients used in Spanish inspired cooking right in our own backyard. Goodies like early fall’s fresh tomatoes, peppers, corn, and beans treated with a little spice and flair can bring any diner to an oceanside table in the Caribbean. Amongst Elgin’s vast wealth of farmers and producers you’ll find many farms that are sources for these Spanish inspired ingredients. These include the ones profiled in the next section, Koscik’s Greenhouses of Aylmer, Ferguson’s Produce just north of St. Thomas, and Spruce Ridge Farm of Western Elgin. With ingredients available in

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bountiful supply this time of year (tomatoes, corn potatoes, and peppers—both sweet and hot) I will whip up a dinner to help prepare us for our trip and hopefully lead our readers to a touch of fresh (or familiar) culture in Elgin. We are big believers in letting ingredients speak for themselves and the best way to do so is to treat them simply or by not treating them at all! We are also faithful supporters of everything local, but when it comes to ingredients like limes, saffron, and olive oil, which I choose not to live without, the best we can do is make sure these ingredients are purchased from our local market when available. For this dish, we are lucky to have Briwood as our international ingredient merchant. For this main, I also used Farmgate Market’s buttery pork tenderloin and Ray’s own Spanishinspired housemade Chorizo sausage. Ladies and gentlemen, get your mallets ready and warn the neighbours. It’s time to pound some pork.

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Tenderloin & Marinade: 1 whole pork tenderloin, cut into four equal portions ½ small hot pepper, diced or sliced (sliced if you would like to remove them later) 2 cloves of locally grown garlic, minced or rasped 2 large basil leaves, chiffonade 1 pinch saffron 1 lime, zested and juiced 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (preferably a Spanish brand) 1. Using a meat mallet or heavy pot/pan, evenly pound each portion between two sheets of parchment paper. Stop once portions are ¼ inch thick. Refrigerate until needed. 2. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a large bowl or lidded container (one that will fit the pounded pork). Carefully peel the parchment off the tenderloin and submerge one at a time into marinade. Wrap or lid container and let marinate in fridge for two to four hours before use. Accompaniment: 2 tomatoes, sliced into ½ inch thick slices 1 cob of corn, kernels removed 2 new crop potatoes, sliced thinly using mandolin or awesome chef skills 1 sweet pepper, sliced into strips (or to preference) 1 handful green beans, trimmed and halved ¼ Spanish onion, sliced (or to preference) 1 Farmgate Markets chorizo sausage, cooked, cooled, and sliced to preference ½ tsp smoked paprika, or to taste 2 large basil leaves, chiffonade Minced garlic, to taste Lime juice, to taste Salt & pepper, to taste

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Food & Dining 1. Place equal portions of sliced tomato on two plates. Sprinkle both plates with raw corn kernels. 2. In large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of marinade over mid-high heat (remove hot peppers at this point if desired). Using tongs, carefully place pounded pork into pan once the oil is rippling hot. Again using tongs, flip once the first side is evenly coloured and crisp. Always flip away from you. Fry until pork is cooked through (reduce heat if you’re getting too much colour). Check doneness by slicing into centre. Reserve on paper towel lined plate, tented with foil. 3. Using the same pan, add more marinade if necessary. Fry your potatoes until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Degrease on a paper towel lined plate and spread potatoes on top of tomato slices. 4. In the same pan, sauté peppers, beans, onion, and chorizo in marinade until the vegetables

are tender-crisp. Add smoked paprika and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust garlic, lime juice, and seasoning to taste. Portion accompaniment on top of potatoes. 5. Place two portions each of the seared pork on top of vegetables, top with basil chiffonade and serve. Enjoy! Wine Pairing: Quai du Vin’s Rosé 2010 Signature Series is ideal for this potentially spicy dish. It is semi dry with a bite, arming you with a glass of delicious palate extinguisher, also complementing the almost fruity flavours of the in season vegetables, especially the ripe juicy tomatoes. If you are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, Quai du Vin also produces Sparkling Cocktails. Their Sparkling White Grape Juice would be lovely with this main. If your imagination is still intact, you can find yourself enjoying your dinner at an ocean-side table in the Caribbean with a glass of your favourite “Cava” in hand ready to cheers your guest. Salud!

Christie Massé is a graduate of Stratford Chefs School. She and fiancé Will Gaynor own Crust Catering & Bakery. Their artisanal breads are sold at Farmgate Markets (19 Elgin Street, St. Thomas). For more info about their custom cakes and catering, go to www.crustcatering.ca or call 519-494-1061. Photos, opposite page: The mise en place (everything in place); The marinade; The accompaniment; Dos Cerdos. Courtesy of Christie Massé. Horton Farmers’ Market is a best-in-class market destination that promotes civic pride, shapes local culture and supports the regional economy by providing access to high quality food producers, craftspeople and artisans.

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Left to right: Koscik tomatoes ready for market; Antique tractor; The greenhouse.

KOSCIK GREENHOUSE TOMATOES Stan and Linda Koscik and son Rob grow pesticidefree ground-grown greenhouse tomatoes on a former tobacco farm. They take pride in their tomatoes with the field-grown flavour. A thirdgeneration farmer who attended Ridgetown Agricultural College (now University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus), Rob chatted recently about the Kosciks' operation. The Farm The Kosciks' farm was the site of tobacco production for 35 years. Transition was made to growing some greenhouse tomatoes along with the tobacco. Then in 2004 a neighbour’s greenhouse was purchased and added to the original, giving 17,000 square feet of space and bringing tobacco growing to an end. In the greenhouse, four hundred plants climb up strings in 42 tidy rows, started in February with plants purchased from Ontario Plants Propagation, west of St. Thomas. The family and the two workers they employ each year start picking from the bottom up; as the tomatoes grow, the strings are lowered so that the fruit stays within ladder’s reach. The sandy loam soil they have found to be ideal for tomato-growing is tested each year to monitor nutrient levels. What They Grow The Kosciks grow some peppers, corn and squash but tomatoes make up the bulk of their production.

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Markets These include: wholesale to Toronto, and to Thomas Bros before their field tomatoes are ready; Horton Farmers’ Market in St. Thomas; Tillsonburg Farmers’ Market and from the self-serve retail stand at the farm. Rewards Rob notes that although the hours are long, he enjoys being his own boss. Satisfaction also comes from serving people who appreciate the flavour of ground-grown tomatoes which can be produced into October or November. Challenges Being in greenhouses makes Kosciks' tomatoes less susceptible to unfriendly weather, and extends the growing season. However, the greenhouses are prone to wind damage—last year, two tops were torn off. Plants which arrive in February require temperatures of around 65 degrees F and heat is a major expense if the temperature plunges. Another challenge is convincing potential customers that ground-grown tomatoes really are more flavourful than hydroponic ones. The hydroponic plants have a higher yield, are cheaper to grow and easier to control as they are continuously being fed. However, those who doubt the superiority of ground-grown always come back after tasting them, surprised and pleased with Koscik’s flavourful product.

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Food & Dining The Future The Kosciks are happy with the popularity of their product and the growing trend toward purchasing local food—sales at their farm gate have risen steadily over the past few years. They are also excited about the release of their cookbook, Just Add A Little Tomato, written and illustrated by local artist Shelley McVittie. Rob especially recommends the casseroles and says, “I love the cabbage rolls!”

Koscik Greenhouse Tomatoes are located at 6602 Sawmill Rd, Aylmer. Find out more by calling 519-773-2648 or visit Koscik Greenhouses on Facebook. Their farm gate stand is open mid-May to mid-Oct or visit them at one of the markets mentioned above.

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FERGUSON’S PRODUCE The Fergusons' substantial roadside market stand has become a familiar stop on Wellington Road for the freshest of seasonal produce and delicious preserves. In October, the 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival will once again attract families looking for a fall country experience—some of the parents will be there because they have fond memories of attending the festival when they were kids.

The Farm John Norman Ferguson purchased the farm in 1964, and developed it to grow cash crops and hogs. His son Mike took over in 1970, and was joined on the farm by wife Cheri after their marriage. At one point, they were producing corn for Green Giant and decided to grow a little extra for sale locally. With the help of their son Jason, Mike and Cheri started a roadside market. In 1989 it was time to get out of hogs and the first strawberries were planted. What They Grow Strawberries, raspberries, several varieties of sweet corn and pumpkins; products such as potatoes and peaches from other local farms; baking and jams. Cheri’s strawberry oatmeal cookies are famously delicious.

Markets These include strawberries at the retail roadside market, u-pick and select grocery stores in southwestern Ontario; corn mostly at farm gate, some wholesale; raspberries at farm gate; pumpkins at farm gate and at the Scarecrow Festival.

Rewards Over the past few decades, the Fergusons have focused almost entirely on direct to public sales. For many people, the roadside stand has come to be a marker of the growing season. Their sign announces the first strawberries; traffic builds through the peak of the season, dwindles for the last few precious berries, busies again for corn season and finally for a celebration of autumn at the Scarecrow Festival weekends. Says Cheri, “It is a relationship with the public that I enjoy.” Another positive of farming that she notes is “seeing improvements—like drip-line irrigation which uses less water.” Challenges Along with most farmers in the region, too much rain early in the season, followed by a period of

Left to right: Wagon rides during the Scarecrow Festival; Fergusons' strawberries.

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Food & Dining drought brought challenges. On the other hand, involvement with mother nature is one of the things Cheri enjoys, “When things are going right it is wonderful!” Although most of their produce is sold directly to consumers, Ferguson’s sometimes market through grocery stores—in recent years, the regulations and paperwork to do so has become cumbersome, and an obstacle at some outlets. She also notes that scheduling staff to cover all of the market-stand hours is time-consuming, partly because she strives to be flexible enough to work around students’ other activities—it’s an effort she finds worthwhile as she has found that involved, active students make the best employees.

grandchildren. Mike enjoys hunting and Cheri plays autoharp and sings with the local Jammin’ in the Cabin Band. She is pretty passionate about making time to join the band for jamming and gigs. The public appreciates the convenience and freshness they find at Ferguson's, as well as the opportunity for contact with the people who grow the food. “That is rewarding,” says Cheri, “although it does tie you down some.” As in the past, there is no shortage of ideas for the future at Ferguson’s Produce.

Ferguson’s Produce is located at 11026 Wellington Rd north of St. Thomas. Find out more by calling 519-631-6589 or visit www.fergusonproduce.com. The Scarecrow Festival takes place the last four weekends in October, including Thanksgiving Monday.

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SPRUCE RIDGE FARM Paul and Elaine Lapadat, owners of Spruce Ridge Farm, were both born and raised in Rodney. Says Elaine, “I was a ‘town girl’ but ended up in agriculture.” She joined Paul in purchasing his third-generation home and farm and presently works during the off-season at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph. Paul was raised on the farm and chose a career in drafting but subsequently transitioned back to farming full-time. Sons Justin and Jordan also help out and take fresh produce each week to the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

Markets These include: local grocery stores, wholesale, St. Jacob’s Market, Masonville Farmers’ Market, Woodstock Farmers’ Market and their on-farm produce stand.

The Farm Paul’s grandfather grew tobacco; Paul remembers that as a kid their whole road was lined with tobacco farms. His father continued to grow the same, but also switched some of his crop over to a specialty pepper popular with customers of eastern European background. Paul and Elaine started their farming careers with 2 acres of those peppers. Today they farm 150 acres, 40 of them in a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Challenges The early part of the 2011 season brought so much rain that everything got a late start. Also, at the peak of strawberry season, they found it frustrating to have berries picked and no local market for them while some stores promoted cheap imported strawberries. However, they have appreciated the opportunity to offer much of their produce locally through relationships with some outlets like Foodland and No Frills.

What They Grow Peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, Saskatoon berries

Rewards Paul enjoys the independence of being “his own boss”, and the Lapadats value their role in growing food and promoting local farming. Elaine notes that her sons have grown up with that philosophy and have become very in-tune with the idea of buying local and Ontario in season.

The Future A tour of the Lapadat farm is like a little agricultural art show—at this time of the year the fields are

Left to right: Jalapeno peppers at Spruce Ridge Farm; Tomatoes, corn & peppers; A field of peppers

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Food & Dining over-flowing with pretty peppers and eggplants in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Demand for peppers has changed over the years – call for the round yellow stuffing peppers that were grown originally has declined, and Paul has shifted to production of peppers popular in Asian and other types of cooking. By staying in touch with his customers at the St. Jacob’s Market, he has been able to adjust what he grows to match changing demands and cooking trends. The Lapadats are enthusiastic about the potential of their small fruit crops—this year’s raspberries and Saskatoon berries (this was the first year for this crop) were “amazing”. They are also excited about the potential

for value-add specialties—watch in the coming months for some interesting culinary treats to be made with the Lapadat’s produce. Good Eating Tip from the Farm Elaine recommends a cooking method for grilled eggplant. Chop a clove of garlic and place in some olive oil to soak for an hour or so. Cut an unpeeled eggplant into slices about an inch thick. Preheat the barbecue. Brush one side of the eggplant slices with the oil mixture and place basted side down on the barbecue. Grill a few minutes. Baste the top of the slices, and turn to grill the other side. Continue grilling till soft but not overdone. Simply delicious, especially with a big round Sicilian eggplant!

Spruce Ridge Farm is located at 22450 Thomson Line, Rodney. Find out more by calling 519-785-0016 or visit www.spruceridgefarm.ca. Their farm gate stand is open June 15 to October 15 from 10am–6pm. FALL EXHIBITION

Changing Gears: Elgin County Industry in the 20th Century September 17 to December 23 This exhibition illustrates the region’s transition from a reliance on several US railways to the opening of a number of American branch plants producing auto parts and vehicles, crowned by the arrival of the Ford plant in Talbotville in 1967. Elgin County Administration Building, 4th Floor, 450 Sunset Drive (Hwy 4), St. Thomas, Ontario Tuesday to Saturday, 10 - 4 • 519.631.1460 ext. 160

www.elgincounty.ca Ford Talbotville, 1968 Courtesy, Elgin County Archives

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Food

Old Berry, New Berry ELDERBERRIES

& SASKATOON BERRIES

ELDERBERRIES

The elderberry has a special place in the hearts of many people who have memories of picking the wild version in hedgerows with the subsequent reward of elderberry baked goods. Even today, elderberry pie is in high demand at church suppers where there is known to be a pie maker who uses the tasty fruit. A few Ontario producers of domesticated elderberries now make them available commercially. Cela Sloan at Salt Creek Farm Market notes that their elderberry pie is a favourite with many of their customers. The pie is indeed a treat, with a dense berry flavour that is a bit like blueberry but a little more interesting. The black-berried elder (Sambucus nigra) may be found as a bush, or occasionally as a small tree. White blossoms form an attractive umbrella shape in mid-summer, creating clusters of small blueblack berries in late summer to early fall. When the berries are fully ripe, they are picked by cutting off the entire head. The fruit has gained a reputation in recent years as a super-food, packing a vitamin and anti-oxidant punch similar to that of blueberries. The fruit’s most popular uses are in jams, jellies, pies, added to muffins and pancakes, in savoury sauces and in elderberry wine. In a Jam offers Elderberry Apple Jam and Elderberry Jelly from their retail outlet in Melbourne as well as through

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some local markets. Rush Creek Wines creates both a dry and semi-dry elderberry wine—it’s available at their retail store, along with limited supplies of frozen elderberries.

SASKATOONS Many who grew up on prairie farmland have pleasant food memories connected to berry picking excursions and Saskatoon berry pie. However, whereas elderberry production remains mainly small-scale in nature, Saskatoons have taken off as a commercial crop in Saskatchewan and beyond. The purplish-blue berries grow on a shrub-type bush and look similar to blueberries but have a distinctive taste, sometimes described as smokyalmond. They are not a true berry but a member of the apple family and are usually harvested beginning in early July. The Saskatoon is also known as serviceberry, juneberry, shadberry, sugar pear and Indian pear. The name is derived from the Cree word meaning fruit. Aboriginal people used them as a staple in traditional foods such as pemmican and the fruit also became an important food source for Saskatchewan homesteaders. The city of Saskatoon was named after the berry. Up until a few years ago, Saskatoon berries were unavailable in the mainstream market. In the 1970s Saskatoon orchards began on the prairies— since then the industry has grown to become

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$40/person (lunch included; preregistration required) Guest speakers will demonstrate ways to keep healthy and active. $10/ticket donated to Make a Wish Foundation.

growers & creators of fine lavender products

UPCOMING CLASSES COOKING WITH HERBS: SOUPS, SALADS & BREADS

Saturday October 15, 1:30pm - $25/person (preregistration required)

HERBS & THEIR USES, MEDICINAL AND CULINARY

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Visit our website for a complete list of events, recipes & more.

53443 Heritage Line, RR#1 Aylmer • 519-866-5577

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Come Celebrate our 15th Annual

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September 24th & 25th, 10am-5pm BOTH DAYS Winery Open House • Cheese Sampling • Shelley McVittie Art • BBQ Craft Show • Horsedrawn Wagon Rides departing at 10am & 4:30pm Corn Maze $2/person; children in strollers free Go through the corn maze & get a free pumpkin! ENTERTAINMENT Saturday 1-4:30pm - Jamie King (folk-blues) Sunday 1-4:30pm - Kerri Lynn Hamilton (bluegrass-folk) Saturday 11am - Predator Bird Show (no dogs please) Sunday 11am - Pumpkin Carving Contest (pumpkins supplied; judging at 12:30pm; cash prizes!)

www.rushcreekwines.com

519-773-5432 • 48995 Jamestown Line, Aylmer


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the second largest commercial fruit crop on the Canadian Prairies. In the past few years more and more Saskatoons are being grown in Ontario. The Lapadats of Spruce Ridge Farm grew a crop of Saskatoon berries for the first time this year—it was a success and a venture they hope to continue in future years. Saskatoons can be frozen in the same way as blueberries and make excellent pie, baked goods, preserves, desserts and savoury sauces. Like blueberries and elderberries they are often included in the “super-food” category. In a Jam includes a Saskatoon Berry Jam in their tasty line-up of preserves. In a Jam is located at 6583 Longwoods Road, Melbourne Ontario. Find information and store hours at www.inajam.ca or by calling 519-289-5267.

Salt Creek Farm Market is located at 11143 Highbury Avenue, just north of St. Thomas. Find information and store hours at www.saltcreekmarket.com or by calling 519-633-9338.

© istockphoto.com/sprokop

Rush Creek Wines is located at 48995 Jamestown Line, RR #2, Aylmer. Find information and store hours at www.rushcreekwines.com or by calling 519-773-5432.

Photos, top to bottom: Elderberries; Salt Creek Elderberry pie; Saskatoon berries. Previous page: A Saskatoon berry plant in blossom.

Locally Grown Seasonal Produce • Large Stock of Giftware

Fall ’s our busiest season! Many delicious apple varieties, fresh cider, pumpkins, squash & fall décor

ALL KINDS OF HOMEMADE BAKING SQUARES & PIES

Mon-Sat 8am-7pm • Sun 8am-6pm • May 1-Dec 24

11143 Highbury Ave. • 10 min. south of 401 North of St. Thomas at Ron McNeil Ln.

www.saltcreekmarket.com • 519-633-9338

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(including elderberry, cherry, blueberry & peach; pick up pumpkin or apple pie for Thanskgiving)

Plus Jams, Jellies & Preserves MINCE PIES & CHRISTMAS CAKE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 1ST

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Relish Elgin Fall 2011 Edition  

Relish Elgin is a quarterly magazine that promotes, the people, places, events and businesses in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.

Relish Elgin Fall 2011 Edition  

Relish Elgin is a quarterly magazine that promotes, the people, places, events and businesses in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.

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