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Labour Day brings some relief for busy parents – school starts again! But with that relief comes the age old challenge of packing lunches that your kids will enjoy. What better shopping resource for the next two months than your local farmers market?

Take your pick!

  • peaches, apples, pears…
  • leafy greens, crispy carrots, peppers, tomatoes and celery
  • jams and jellies
  • deli meats
  • amazing baked goods
  • a full array of cheeses
  • naturally raised meats, eggs, and fish…

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Nutritionists offer some helpful ideas on how to encourage kids to enjoy the foods that are good for them. The habits they develop at a young age will remain with them long into adulthood.

  1. Set an example – Kids copy what their older siblings and parents are eating.
  2. Make food fun – Broccoli is not too exciting when you’re really hoping for macaroni and cheese. But if he is a dinosaur who needs to eat three small trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly broccoli becomes fun.
  3. Get them involved in the shopping and cooking – Children are more invested in a meal if they help with its preparation.

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  1. Enforce the “one bite rule” – Research shows that children who have initially rejected a food must be exposed to it at least 8-10 times for the food to be accepted. Many parents have had success by requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a rejected food whenever it is served. Eventually the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to actually like it.
  2. Don’t force them to finish – One bite is different from finishing your plate. Fighting and punishments create a negative meal experience, and the child will learn to associate food with the bad feelings.
  3. Reward good behavior – Creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Try rewarding with stickers for instance if they try a new food.
  4. Understand their knowledge base – Kids don’t understand what all the fuss is about good health. But they do understand getting bigger and stronger.
  5. Offer colorful food – You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates.
  6. Arrange food in patterns on the plate – Children love when their food is designed into patterns and when foods are separated.
  7. Keep at it!

You will survive back to school lunches and busy dinner hours with some help from the farmers in the area.

And help is close by. The Lindsay Farmer’s Market is one of the longest running markets in Ontario, established in 1859. It runs Saturdays until October 31st from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

In addition to the items listed above, over 35 vendors also offer flowers, shrubs, home baking, wood furniture, crafts, fair trade organic coffee, outdoor wooden furniture, soaps, hand made jewelry, and paintings from local artists. You can start some Christmas shopping!

The Lindsay Farmers’ Market is at Victoria St. between Kent St. & Peel St., Lindsay, ON. Find out more from their website at http://lindsayfarmersmarket.ca/

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We live in a beautiful, resource rich area. It can be shocking then to realize that food insecurity is a real problem…even in our communities. According to Roberta Sommerville, Executive Director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, 1600 – 2100 people of whom 40% are children, use the food bank on a monthly basis in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a community effort to reduce hunger in the City of Kawartha Lakes. They do this by maintaining a central warehouse to supply food to organizations that provide food to individuals in need. Local food banks provide short term relief for emergency situations. Volunteers at public food banks assess each client’s income and expenses. If they have less than $200 left over each month after expenses, they are eligible for food.

Who uses food banks? Seniors, families with young children, and people who are employed but do not earn enough to make ends meet.

“Ontario’s income gap between the richest and poorest families is now at levels not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s…. Fifteen per cent of Ontario’s children live below the Low Income Measure, according to Statistics Canada . 

Statistics Canada reports a staggering 34% of older Canadians  (65+) who live on their own are at nutritional risk and financially insecure. Many seniors struggle to meet their basic needs of housing, food and other essentials.

23% of Kawartha Lakes and 28% of County of Haliburton residents are over the age of 65. It is important that we are vigilant in monitoring and addressing food security for our older neighbours.

It’s Easy to Help Out!

There are a variety of ways you can get involved with Kawartha Lakes Food Support to play an active role, helping to feed the hungry.

Donate

You can make a donation through cash, cheque, Master Card, Visa or make a donation of food. Financial donations go a long way – a donation of $10 turns into the distribution of $60 worth of food!

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Have a Food Drive

It’s easy to sponsor a food drive. You can collect food items in lieu of gifts for your birthday or anniversary. Have a challenge at work. Encourage your kids to get involved and have a food drive at their school.

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Volunteer!

There are no shortages of jobs for volunteers. Everything from sorting food, stocking shelves, coordinating events, picking up food donations, driving, or working on a committee. People are needed who have skills in marketing, finance, coaching, public speaking – or simply people who are hard workers. You can see more detail about volunteering on the website at http://kawarthalakesfoodsource.com/how-to-help/.

There are 9 local food banks in the Kawartha Lakes. You can find the full list at http://kawarthalakesfoodsource.com/find-a-food-bank/.

In a three-month period, the Food Source provides 11,000 servings of milk, fresh fruit and healthy snacks such as granola bars to hungry schoolchildren in 20 of our local schools. That would not be possible without donations and volunteers.

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https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/house-and-home/food-security-prs-background-final-aug-20-2014.pdf

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2013003-eng.htm

 

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It’s that time of year when the fall fairs are winding down but the Christmas Craft Shows are coming up. And anything to make Christmas shopping easier is a welcome event.

Mark your calendar for:

  • November 5th and 6th in Lindsay
  • November 12th in Lindsay
  • November 27th in Peterborough
  • December 4th in Lindsay

November 5th and 6th 2016

New this year, the Christmas Craft Show in is now part of the Kawartha Lakes Home Show. Admission is free. You will find a variety of unique gifts from vendors as well as dozens of participants, offering everything from gifts for your pets, home renovations, great food, and photographers for that perfect Christmas family portrait. The event will be held at the Exhibition Building in the Lindsay Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact:

Tracey Richardson 705-324-8600 ext.222 trichardson@mykawartha.com

 

November 12th 2016

At the ‘Crazy Christmas Craft and Vendor Show’ there will be a number of different artisans and crafters offering unique items for sale, as well as some direct sales representatives to help with your shopping. An added feature – the day’s event includes a Food and Warm Clothing Drive for those in need during the Christmas season. Simply bring your non-perishable food items and gently used winter clothing to the show. As a special treat, Santa plans on making a surprise visit!

Join the festivities to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 67 at 12 York St. North in Lindsay from 10 am to 4 pm.

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November 27th 2016

Don’t miss Cottage Country’s Peterborough Christmas Craft Show including over 90 vendors. The event will be held at the Peterborough Wellness Centre at 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough. Kids are free and adult admission is $2 with proceeds going to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Program.

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December 4th 2016 

If you could not make it to Peterborough you still have time to plan for Cottage Country’s Christmas Craft Show in Lindsay. Over 100 Vendors are getting ready to help you fill those Christmas stockings and choose a special gift or two. Of course you can also buy some homemade treats and put them in the freezer until you host your own Christmas party. Once again the modest admission fee of $2 per adult will help to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Programs.

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Happy shopping!

 

 

 

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