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CONTENTS VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 5 OCTOBER 202 1

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HOME & GARDEN Renovating Your Floors

GETAWAY

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The Bala Cranberry Festival

SHOP LOCAL Cozy Up For Fall

HISTORY

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very year, I can’t wait for the first leaf to turn – it’s a sign that the crisp and cozy season is upon us and hearty warm food

is to come. It’s also the time of year I drag my husband and kids out of the house to pick pumpkins and apples,

to take wagon rides and hike tree-lined trails – and to take the family photo that will land on the front of the Christmas card. For me, it’s easy to fall-la-la-la-la in love with fall. And we hope this issue will make you fall-la-la-la-la in love with it, too. Ready to pick your favourite pumpkin from the patch? Don’t forget to grab some gourds. Remember those warm, hearty meals I spoke about? These are them. Learn how to stuff, eat, and indulge in gorgeous gourds in our Food feature. Cranberries are also a fall food staple – and the Bala Cranberry Festival is an event you don’t want to miss. Get all the details in our Getaway feature. While Bala is famous for its cranberries, Oakville and Burlington have a rich history of local and handmade goods. Travel back in time to discover our earliest artisans in our Local History feature. Dig in further to local business in our Community feature where we highlight the success of local independent grocers and where to find unique niche items. Our Home and Garden feature is one to bring you to your feet. We explore the best flooring for functionality, durability, and style. Fall, la, la, la later gator,

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enovating your home is an exciting opportunity to express your style and create a beautiful, comfortable living space. You want it to look and feel just the way you envision, whether that means taking an airy, minimalist approach or creating a maxed-out haven of accessories and art. But renovating isn't just about improving the look of your home — it’s about function and durability, especially if you have a young family. To learn more about what types of flooring work best in different areas in your home, we spoke to Daniel Ricci of Speers Flooring in Oakville.

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“The first place to start is in a flooring showroom to see the products in person,” Ricci advises. He often recommends engineered hardwood when a customer is looking for a single flooring option for their entire home. “Always choose a floor that has a low sheen with texture.”

Designing high traffic areas Every home has a few areas that end up being used as a family thoroughfare. Foyers, mudrooms, and other high traffic areas require durable flooring that’s built to withstand kids, pets, and the demands of everyday life. Ricci often recommends using a man-made porcelain tile in mudrooms and front foyers. “Tile and stone can handle the day-to-day wear and tear from things like wet winter boots, which could damage a real hardwood floor.”

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While there are excellent materials available, Ricci cautions that no floor is completely indestructible. “It’s best to choose a product that will be easy to clean and maintain. Engineered hardwoods that have natural variations, low shine and texture do a great job of hiding dust, dents, dirt and scratches caused by larger pets and young children.” And what he doesn’t recommend? Shiny, smooth, dark floors that show every scratch and speck of dust.

The best for the rest (of your home) Engineered hardwood is a practical, durable choice for another high-traffic area in your home: the kitchen. “Our brands like Fuzion and Superior offer wide plank textured woods that stand up to everyday kitchen use,” Ricci says. He also recommends using engineered hardwood in bedrooms, noting that it comes in a variety of widths and finishes. This allows the product to work with any design aesthetic, from modern to traditional.

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In the basement, consider a luxury vinyl plank flooring. “They’re 100% waterproof, easy to install, and do not expand or contract like traditional laminates that were once popular for basements,” Ricci explains. Luxury vinyl flooring is available in a variety of colours and textures and is the most durable floating floor option on the market, according to our experts.

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very year, cottagers anxiously await the official opening of summer: Victoria Day Weekend. And as soon as the calendar strikes May 24th, cars packed with coolers, pillows, and fishing rods make their way down Highway 400 toward the land of the “Muskokas”. Muskoka is a collection of wonderful towns that together make up the most popular cottage country area in Ontario. With over 1,600 lakes, thousands of acres of green forest, and lots of great restaurants and places to stay, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be there. 

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But after every last smore, campfire song, and cannonball off the dock has been had, as lake temperatures drop and leaves start to change, cottagers prepare for the unofficial closing: The Bala Cranberry Festival. The Town of Bala – often referred to as the Heart of Muskoka – is a picturesque small town where Lake Muskoka empties into Moon River. The Town itself is Canada’s smallest incorporated town with a population of approximately 370 year-round residents. But throughout the summer and into the festival weekend, this small town sees anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 people. Besides being Canada’s smallest town, Bala is home to the largest cranberry marsh in Ontario (the Johnston Cranberry Marsh) and known as the Cranberry Capital of Ontario. And what should one do when famous for cranberries? Throw an epic festival around it. Every year since 1984, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Bala hosts their annual (and world famous) Cranberry

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Festival. Every year except for 2020, of course. However, in previous years, when the festival rolled around, the town would explode with music, events, and food – and the theme through it all: cranberries. And this year, the cranberries are back! “After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the board of directors is eager to bring the festival back to its fervent and loyal following,” their Facebook page reads.  

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The 2021 edition will be smaller to help organizers comply with health regulations. However, festival organizers say all details depend on what’s to come in the following weeks and how Public Health moves forward. “As details become available, they will be posted on our social media page and website,” festival organizers confirm. Adding, “Although the festival will be scaled down, organizers are looking to re-establish the event as one of the premier arts and crafts festivals in Ontario. This year’s event will be for the enthusiast of epicurean delights, quality arts, and affection for local and Canadian made.” Along with the festival, Bala and surrounding towns, Gravenhurst and Minett, have stunning sights, incredible restaurants, and cozy accommodations. Both the JW Marriot Rosseau Muskoka in Minett and Marriott Residence Inn in Gravenhurst have a resort-like feel with beautiful lake views.

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Dock of the Bay is a casual restaurant on Lake Muskoka a stone’s throw from the Marriott Residence – offering seafood, steak, and pasta with a lake-top deck. It’s especially romantic for couples staying in the area. In town, there’s Sawdust City Saloon. Among the adult-friendly beer taps, you’ll find a family-friendly food menu (and if you’re lucky, the outdoor food truck and ice-stream truck will still be in season).

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n today's world of mass production and fast fashion, there is a certain appeal to finding unique, one-of-a-kind items that set them apart from the crowd. For the early settlers of Oakville and Burlington, local and hand-made goods such as furniture and clothing were often the only option. “Everything old is new again" is today's trend, and it's taking us out of mass-market stores and back into artist's studios and small local shops. Oakville’s first products were flour, grain, timber, and barrel staves. These were shipped out in schooners that were built in the harbour’s own shipyard. The great trees that provided the ribs, planks, and masts for the ships are long gone, but the appreciation for fine wood and craftsmanship remains. Visit Exotic Woods in Burlington to find beautiful live-edge pieces reminiscent of those vanished trees. Urban Reclaimed and Fallen Oak Furniture, both in Oakville, take a green approach to woodwork, using reclaimed and naturally culled wood.

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Not all of the grain was shipped away. There were local bakeries like the Black Forest Bakery in Oakville, and a good portion of the local grain went to producing copious amounts of beer and whiskey. Oakville Brewing and Distilling Company on Walker Street produced up to sixty gallons of whiskey daily. Similar scale craft brewing has taken root over the last decade with many successful and tasty beers available to suit all palates. Cameron Brewing, Nicklebrook Brewery, and All or Nothing Brewhouse have revived local brewing, while Maverick Distilling began producing spirits as the first craft distillery in Ontario in 2009. The original distillery was succeeded by a tannery. Under the name of Marlatt and Armstrong, the tannery grew to become Oakville’s largest employer and made purses, gloves, seats, carriage tops, and their much sought-after patent leather. In the early 1900s, the steam whistle at the tannery helped the locals keep time and even served as the town fire alarm. Well-crafted leather goods have a continuing appeal, though the same cannot be said for the smell of a tannery.

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While not everyone can make a pair of shoes, making a belt or a simple pouch isn’t all that difficult with the right tools and a bit of instruction. Today you can find handmade leather goods at Tundra Leather in Hamilton and you can even take a class in leatherwork or take home a kit. Some businesses succeed purely on good service and personality, and one of Oakville’s first Black businessmen, barber Joe Wordsworth, was on the right track when he assured the public that his customers would be “well accommodated with a comfortable shave, and hair cut in the best style.” This is essentially the same promise made by the trendy barbershops proliferating today. Another early Oakville figure, James Wesley Hill, escaped enslavement to become a prolific conductor on the Underground Railroad, but he was also a prosperous farmer who helped lead Oakville to become the strawberry capital of Ontario.

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Of course, to collect and ship fruit, you will need a basket, and so a local basket factory was established. In the late 1800s, the basket factory produced over 300,000 baskets a year and stayed in business until 1984. (Fun fact: our editor's grandparents worked there!) In the later nineteenth century, what is now Kerr Village was the edge of town and home to many market gardens. Today, hip restaurants and artisan market shops continue this local food tradition, and not far away at Dorval Crossing, there is a farmer’s market on Saturdays through the spring and fall. For decades, Urquhart’s Medical Hall established ca. 1835 on Colborne Street (later Lakeshore Road) was the place to find hand-prepared medicines, salves, and ointments. Today within a stone’s throw of each other on the same road we have Maison Apothecaire - where you can find small-batch prepared soap, lotions, and essential oils. Other local shops feature an array of handmade items from toiletries to the fibre arts. Take some time to peruse the offerings at Dove and Arrow on Kerr Street in Oakville, The Handmade House in Burlington, or Made by Hand for You in Waterdown. Certainly, the desire to find well-made high-quality goods remains today, but now there is an authentic desire to connect to our communities, local craftspeople, and support small businesses that lead us back, in some ways, to the way it was. LL

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Culture Days

Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own community and nationwide. In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Culture Days recommends digital presentations, do-it-yourself activities, and self-guided programs, though there are in-person activities, too. Visit culturedays.ca for more information. Virtual & In-Person Burlington and Oakville Culturedays.ca

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This Halloween season, witness magnificent works of pumpkin artistry – 5,000 handcarved pumpkins, creating more than 100 sculptures, displayed among a series of jack-o-lanterns all illuminated after dark. Pumpkins After Dark is an unforgettable night of fun and enchantment for the whole family! Purchase tickets online at pumpkinsafterdark.com. Country Heritage Park 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton Pumpkinsafterdark.com

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Hops and Harvest

Hops & Harvest is an autumn festival that features local food, beverage, and market vendors while experiencing the great outdoors. Listen to live music, hike Kelso, gather around the campfire, check out wonderful vendors – there is so much to do and see! Purchase tickets in advance at hopsandharvest.ca Kelso Conservation Area 5234 Kelso Road, Milton Hopsandharvest.ca

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RBG After Dark: Seeing the Invisible

Get an exclusive look at RBG’s newest exhibit “Seeing the Invisible”, grab a bite to eat, cozy up by the fire and join us for an evening featuring the talents of a different local artist each week. Music, brews, local food trucks, and unique programming set the scene for the perfect night out under the stars of the Autumn nightscape. Event is 19+. October 14 until November. Hendrie Park 680 Plains Road West, Burlington RBG.CA

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Deep within the recesses of the historic Rock Garden lies Pumpkin Hollow, a drowsy, dreamy, magical place where pumpkins come to life. Stroll amidst the candlelit glow from hundreds of jack-o-lanterns that adorn the gardens’ path while enjoying live entertainment, pumpkin-themed activities, and fall-inspired treats. October 22, 23, & 24. Rock Garden Royal Botanical Gardens 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton RBG.ca

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In partnership with the Oakville Humane Society and Oakville BIA, Ruff the Dog will be handing out pumpkin spice puppuccinos and chatting up pups in Town Square. All proceeds will go to the Oakville Humane Society. Centennial Square, Oakville 120 Navy Street near the Library. Ruffthedogbarbershop.square.site

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Underground Railroad Walking Tour

This unique indoor/outdoor tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Underground Railroad in Oakville. Begin with indoor exhibits and finish with an outdoor walk that details some nearby locations that highlight the local history surrounding Oakville and the Underground Railroad. Oakville Museum 8 Navy Street, Oakville Oakville.ca

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Their selection includes freshlypicked food from local farms, seasonal varieties, and exotic treasures from farms, fields, and orchards from around the world. They sell food to fit almost every dietary need including vegan, salt-free, egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, yeast-free, and corn-free. They also have a wide selection of bread, bagels, and buns. “Customers come to Organic Garage because of the inclusive, unique, and value-focused grocery shopping experience,” said Randee. Monastery Bakery in Glen Abbey in Oakville is a familyowned business that opened in 1990 and has developed a loyal following for its baked goods, fine foods, and great deli selection. It has grown from a small business into a destination spot visited by out-of-towners. They say their secret to success has been their quality products and steadfast commitment to friendly customer service. It’s become known as a place where people can stop for their morning cappuccino, drop by for a pasta lunch, and visit after work for a ready-made hot meal.

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www.moorefamilychiropractic.ca Farmer Jacks on Appleby Line in Burlington found its specialty niche in cold-pressed juices and cleanses that are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. The juices include detox power boost, kidney cleanse, and immunity booster. Their vegan meals, soups, and tasty sweets, like chocolate peanut butter energy bites, are also very popular as are the Essential Boxes, which combine fresh, local, and ethically sourced produce. Marilu’s Market at New Street and Walkers Line in Burlington was born from the same goal as the other independent grocers - a passion for delivering top-quality foods. Their meat selection and produce along with gourmet and specialty foods, have attracted a strong customer base. Since Mario and Luigi opened the store in 1993, they have become renowned for their quality meat and produce. Their prepared foods include cabbage rolls and lasagna, and they also have a selection of freshly baked bread, cakes, and pastries. Some food items are imported from all over the world.

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Boffo’s, in Oakville’s Kerr Village, has been going strong for more than a decade and some of the online reviewers refer to them as the best butcher in Oakville. They’ve achieved that success by offering quality, locally sourced meats, and deliciously prepared meals. Samir Supermarket opened its doors on Guelph Line in Burlington in 2005 and was so popular that they soon added three other locations. They specialize in Middle Eastern foods and say their secret to success has been keeping the same core values that include cultivating a special relationship with the community. From humble beginnings when they opened their first store in Hamilton in 1953, Denninger’s has grown to include five locations, including one in Burlington, a manufacturing plant and a warehouse that employs some 300 people. They became popular for their high quality, European-style sausages and smoked meats, and grew more customers with their specialty food items, gift baskets, catering services and freshly prepared meals.  Nature's Emporium is considered one of Canada's premier health food markets and their 20,000 square foot store in Burlington is stocked with natural and organic health foods, vitamins, supplements and home care products, including organic and natural  plant-based skincare, cosmetics and baby care. Their produce is always certified organic, and it’s one of the ways they show their commitment to creating a sustainable future for next generations.

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Ornamental gourds are used for decoration, as the name would suggest, and have a softer shell. They come in different textures and shapes to make them attractive and generally only last one season. Sponge gourds look like sponges from the sea and when dried, their shell can be scraped off, exposing the inner fiber which can be used as a sponge or loofah. Snake gourds are a member of the pumpkin family but have seeds like their relatives: watermelons. They are not too tasty and should be eaten when young. Cooking with gourds can be really fun as there are so many different types and they are so versatile.

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Stuffed squash is the most perfect meal for fall, and fills the house with the most tempting aromas. Fillings can vary from a hearty option of sausage, mushroom, barley, onion, and cheese, with a hint of fresh oregano, or use leftover roasted chicken with some grilled vegetables, feta cheese, and brown rice. A real comfort food option is stuffing a squash with bread, cheese, and bacon. Keeping recipes vegetarian with gourds is simple and delicious. Dried cranberries, mushrooms, broad beans, and pecan nuts make a flavourful stuffing for squash. If you have a lot of time on your hands, the Squashducken is a fun new trend. A squash...stuffed inside of a squash...stuffed inside a squash, flavoured with any sauce or pesto you choose. A hazelnut basil pesto would suit this dish perfectly. Or keep things simple and marinate a par-cooked gourd in lime, then stuff it with cottage cheese, chili, and chopped tomatoes and bake it in the oven. Gourds can also be peeled and chopped and used for a variety of delicious dishes. Curries, soups, and chili are all options; it is merely the flavouring that is altered to create an interesting authentic dish.

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Curried butternut soup, laced with coconut cream is a firm fall favourite. For a hearty dish that will feed the whole family, whip up a pumpkin, beef, and black bean chili with a generous squeeze of fresh lime. Chopped squash roasted in the oven with olive oil, a hint of sugar, and cinnamon is one of life’s simple pleasures and more complicated recipes are not always better than this simple choice. There are so many ideas for including squash into a meal - like kale and butternut frittata, or pumpkin cannelloni with burnt sage butter, or even pumpkin loaf. Using pumpkin for appetizers is not always the most natural choice, but it is such a versatile vegetable and can transform any canapé or app. Pumpkin deviled eggs, with a sweet and smoky sauce is a great take on the 1950’s staple, or try a smoky pumpkin hummus as another appetizer with walnut bread or pita. Crostini topped with grilled pumpkin and arugula pesto is healthy and fresh and can be served as a snack or for a light lunch.

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A decadent side dish using gourds is a great accompaniment. Try pumpkin walnut bread pudding with sage, or for a twist on a traditional dish, creamy pumpkin scalloped potatoes. Baked parmesan pumpkin fries are an exotic way to serve a classic pub favourite, yet healthier, as well as adding some colour to the meal. There are endless ways of making the simple gourd a glamourous addition to the fall table and getting everyone into the season’s mood. LL

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INGREDIENTS

∙ Damn good Olive Oil (recommend - Olives en Folie - Oakville) ∙ 1 teaspoon Salted Butter ∙ 1/4 cup - White Onion - Grated ∙ 1 teaspoon Chopped Garlic ∙ 1/3 cup White Wine (recommend Citra Italian White Table Wine) ∙ Thick Cut Bacon - into bacon bits (J & G Meats - Aldershot) ∙ 35% Cream ∙ 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese ∙ Freshly Cracked Pepper METHOD 1

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