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Agriculture in the Greenbelt

Mar 21, 2010 | Jeff Rollings | Back Issues

In recent years farmers have been subjected to a plethora of regulations related to environmental protection and food safety. Has the pendulum swung too far?

Our Own Eggs: Backyard Chickens

Mar 21, 2010 | Monica Duncan

In a bid to become somewhat more self-sufficient, my husband and I recently decided to try keeping our own chickens for egg production.

Good product – and lots of it! Photo by Pete Paterson

Seasonal Rites

Mar 21, 2010 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Spring 2010

Rock Garden Farms offers the very best of in-season, Ontario grown fruits and vegetables.

Downey’s Estate Winery

Nov 15, 2009 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Winter 2009

The biggest barrier to fruit wines is getting people to try them. That’s why winery manager Ed Roy is happy to have visitors spend time at the tasting bar. Photo by Pam Purves.

Cider House Rules

Sep 15, 2009 | Nicola Ross | Autumn 2009 | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills

Tom Wilson and Nicole Judge should not have had to endure four years of administrative tomfoolery to establish Spirit Tree Estate, their cidery, bakery and local food shop.

Chef Roberto Fracchioni puts a local spin on haute cuisine. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Caledon Flavour, International Flair: The Millcroft Inn

Jun 18, 2009 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Summer 2009

I thought it was normal to pick your dinner from the garden.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Willow Creek Market Garden: The Tomato Girls

Mar 21, 2009 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Spring 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 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Winter 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 | Nicola Ross | Autumn 2008 | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills

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 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Summer 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 | Nicola Ross | Homegrown in the Hills

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

Fattening up the Christmas goose

Nov 15, 2007 | Nicola Ross | Back Issues | Departments | Homegrown in the Hills | Winter 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…

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