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Kawartha Choice FarmFresh was created to help consumers easily identify nutritious, great-tasting local agricultural products grown and produced in the local Kawartha Region.


The Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh members provide residents and visitors with an amazing array of choices when it comes to locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products.

Members include:

  • 36 Farms
  • 3 ‘Agri-tainment’ venues
  • 9 Restaurants
  • 5 Retailers
  • 6 Farmers’ Markets
  • 3 Food Service Providers

Now you might wonder about the Agri-tainment venues. They include:

  • Heaven’s Gait – trail pony rides daily;
  • Kawartha Country Wines – offering over 45 varieties of wine, complimentary wine tasting and tours;
  • Salem Alpacas – visit the alpacas or shop for clothing, collectables and gifts.

And if you are wondering what types of products you can find, the selection is almost endless!

  • Baked Goods
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fibre
  • Fruit
  • Goat meat
  • Goat Milk/cheese
  • Grain
  • Herbs
  • Honey
  • Lamb
  • Maple Syrup
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Pork
  • Preserves
  • Pumpkins
  • Sheep Milk/Cheese
  • Specialty Meats
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Wine
  • Wool and Wool Products

Support your local agricultural community and the farm families who produce the food. This helps to preserve our local farmland, helps the environment by reducing “food miles”, and expands the local food market. And an additional benefit – you will be building relationships with the farmers that grow your food; you will get to experience agriculture up close!

“Our region is filled with unique products and food experiences,” says Jamey Coughlin, Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Development Lead – Agriculture and Rural. “The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide is a great way to connect consumers with local growers and producers.”

Print your Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide which includes a detailed description and map to local food, products, and agri-tainment at:

Kawartha Farm Fresh Guide

And if you have some local turkey sausage, onions, herbs, rice and beans on hand, why not cook up a batch of Red Beans and Rice for supper. Red Beans and Rice Recipe



2 Tbsp (30mL) canola oil, divided

6 oz (170g) smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups (375mL) diced onions

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (15oz/ 443mL each) no-salt-added red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp (5mL) dried thyme leaves

2 dried bay leaves

1Tbsp (15mL) Louisiana hot sauce

¼ tsp (1mL) salt

3 cups (750mL) hot cooked brown rice


In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté sausage 2-3 minutes or until richly browned on edges, stirring frequently. Set aside on separate plate. Reduce heat to medium.

Add onions and cook 4 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown. Stir in garlic and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add beans, thyme and bay leaves. Stir in cooked sausages, hot sauce, salt and remaining 1 Tbsp canola oil. Heat until cooked through. Serve over cooked rice.

Find more recipes at http://www.kawarthachoice.com/.


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In a previous post we told you about Puddle Duck Farm and their offerings of cut flowers, honey, maple products, organic freezer meat and free range eggs.


But they have also been growing produce, selling it from the farm and also at local markets. In 2015 they began offering CSA shares, providing their members with weekly baskets of veggies and herbs.

Basically, a CSA is a partnership between consumers wanting good quality, safe food and farmers looking for stable markets.

As the consumer you pay the farmer a one-time fee (or share) prior to the start of growing season. This fee is determined by seed cost, equipment maintenance, property fees, tools, salaries, distribution costs, etc. In return, you receive weekly food boxes.


At Puddle Duck Farms they do not use any herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers on the produce. Instead, they build up the soil with manure, cover crops and other amendments, companion planting and lots of TLC to grow healthy strong plants, which grow nutritious produce free of chemicals.

They have 2 sizes of CSA shares available:

  • A full share which will feed a family of 4 or 2 veggie loving adults. The cost for a full share is $600, which works out to $30/week
  • A half share which feeds a family of 2 or 1 veggie loving adult. The cost for a half share is $400, which works out to $20/week

The shares will begin mid to late June and run for 20 weeks. You pick up your produce at the farm each week.

This type of program greatly reduces the waste involved in blindly growing food for an indeterminate number of people.

You can look forward to a wide variety of vegetables, including beets, carrots, radishes, potatoes, beans, peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, peppers, kohlrabi, winter squash, zucchini, cucumber, winter radish, watermelon, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and other greens, salad mix, plus more.

They also grow herbs; including basil, parsley dill, etc. Each week they include a newsletter, providing recipes for what is in the share that week, as well as preserving tips, nutritional information and they also highlight a veggie of the week.

If that is not enough encouragement to look into CSA shares, Puddle Duck Farm also hosts a Potluck lunch with the members who then get the chance to tour around the farm to see the gardens and meet the animals!

For more information, visit the website at http://www.puddleduckfarm.ca or call 705 931 5794.



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