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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

Day of Reckoning: Caledon’s Rockfort Quarry

Mar 21, 2009

Like oil, aggregate has become essential to modern life. But how much are we willing to sacrifice to get it? As the decade-long dispute over Caledon’s Rockfort quarry finally heads to the OMB, we’re about to find out.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Willow Creek Market Garden: The Tomato Girls

Mar 21, 2009

The Tomato Girls, a moniker given them by one of their customers and biggest fans, Pete Paterson from Caledon East, tell me that worldwide there are over 4,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

Jackie Durnford and Sandra Lackie - Creemore 100 Mile Store. Photo by MK Lynde.

Going the Distance: Creemore’s 100 Mile Store

Nov 21, 2008

MISSION: Supporting small to midsize natural and organic farms, artisanal and fair trade producers by offering fair compensation and by providing a larger market presence and increased accessibility by consumers to this group and their products.

Julie and Ralph Baumlisberger have been in the mushroom business for five years and now produce about 1.5 tonnes of the edible fungi each week. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Magic in Mushrooms: Windy Field Farms

Sep 15, 2008

Magic in Mushrooms! So you think mushrooms are all flavour, no substance? At Windy Field Farms they have news for you.

John Christie and Andrew Kohnen hoist some two-fours fresh from the brewery’s shiny new canning machine. Photo by Pete Paterson.

More of a Good Thing: Hockley Valley Brewing Company

Jun 20, 2008

With its recent move to Orangeville, Hockley Valley Brewing Company has quadrupled production of its award-winning beer.

All Abuzz about Honey: Hockley Valley Honey Farm

Mar 23, 2008

Dan Garyfalakis surprised his wife Nina with their first pair of beehives as a gift.

Hockley Valley Honey Farm

Mar 15, 2008

All abuzz about honey in Hockley Valley and the Forks of the Credit.

Fattening up the Christmas goose

Nov 15, 2007

I  can just make out the honking of the gaggle of tall embden geese that poke about in the trim grass outside Wendy and Bill Masters’ century brick farmhouse. The birds seem unaware of the fate that awaits them. Several dozen ducks are already packed and frozen, while a hundred laying hens and fifty Christmas…

Steens Dairy in Erin

Steen’s Dairy

Aug 28, 2007

While Marie says she sells a lot of breakfasts, it’s chocolate milkshakes that put Steen’s on the map.

Asparagus the first essential taste of spring

Mar 22, 2007

Asparagus can easily grow ten to twelve inches a day if the temperature gets above twenty-five degrees.

The Farm Crisis: Local Solutions

Jun 21, 2005

Although food prices have risen in recent years, farmers haven’t received their fair share of the increase.

Will the Greenbelt Save Caledon from Sprawl?

Mar 21, 2005

Losing its prime agricultural land isn’t Caledon’s only worry.

The Grand Plan

Sep 21, 2004

The Planning Act provides the legislative framework for land-use planning in the province.

The Greenbelt: Finding a Balance

Sep 21, 2004

The greenbelt is only one part of a gutsy and massive initiative by Dalton McGuinty’s new Liberal govern-ment to overhaul land-use planning in the province.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.