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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.

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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

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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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I briefly mentioned the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area last month as part of the overview on Kawartha Conservation but it deserves a more in-depth overview.

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Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is located within the Oak Ridges Moraine, an area characterized by steep valleys, sandy soil and many cold water streams. These streams form the headwaters of Fleetwood Creek, a major watercourse within the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Region watershed.

The area is comprised of a 900-acre (380-hectare) tract of land managed by Kawartha Conservation for the Ontario Heritage Trust.

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You will find lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. There are over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds. Wild turkeys were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.

If you are a geological buff, this area has a variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period including:

  • Kames – steep-sided mounds of sand and gravel deposited by a melting ice sheet.
  • Kettles – depressions in a glacial outwash drift made by the melting of a detached mass of glacial ice that became wholly or partly buried.
  • Eskers – a long ridge of gravel and other sediment, typically having a winding course, deposited by meltwater from a retreating glacier or ice sheet.
  • Ice-contact ridges – a ridge produced on floating ice by buckling or crushing under pressure of wind or ice.

A large part of the Fleetwood Creek property is designated as a Provincially Significant Earth and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Such a long name for a significant piece of our environment! An ANSI is an official designation by the provincial Government of Ontario applied to neighbouring geographical regions within the province that have geological or ecological features which are significantly representative – and this is all within an easy drive if you live in Bethany.

As a result of the delicate nature of the area, visitors are asked to stay on the trails so that the most environmentally sensitive sections of the property are protected.

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The Trails

 

  • The Valley Trail is a 2.2 km loop which includes an observation platform offering a spectacular view of the surrounding land, as well as the opportunity to travel down into the valley (if you are more adventuresome.)
  • The Forest Trail is divided into two branches.
  • The West branch, a 3 km loop, consists of a twisting path on a gradual slope leading through open meadows and forests of giant beech, maple, and hemlock trees.
  • The East trail, a 3 km loop, leads through a dense cedar forest, then climbs up the valley slope. The trail continues through an open meadow, then winds back through the forest to the parking area.

Address and Directions

902 Ballyduff Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

From Highway 35, turn east onto Ballyduff Road for 2.9 km

Destination is on the right at 902 Ballyduff Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is open May to October from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information visit the website at http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/fleetwood-creek-natural-area

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That’s right. Registering the kids for baseball has been on your mind. But it’s time for action! The deadline is fast approaching but you can still register online for Bethany Minor Softball.

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“Whether you want to learn to play softball, have fun, compete, or just enjoy a fun game with some new friends, our Bethany minor softball program is a great way to spend some quality summer time, in the great outdoors.” 

T-Ball Mixed is for boys and girls who are 4 to 6 as of January 1st. The Teams play on Tuesday evenings and registration is $60.

Mites Mixed is for boys and girls aged 7 to 9 as of January 1st. Oops, the Mites Mixed is now full.

Squirts Mixed is for boys and girls aged 10 to 12 as of January 1. They play on Thursdays and registration is $70.

Peewee Mixed is for boys and girls aged 13 to 15 as of January 1st. they play on Wednesdays and Registration is $75.

Bantam Mixed is for boys and girls aged 16 to 18 as of January 1 and Registration is $80.

Are you a Mom or Dad, community member or teen who enjoys getting involved and has a little time to spare? If so, Bethany Minor Softball is always on the lookout for volunteers to help out. They are looking for coaches, coach assistants, umpires and score keepers just to name a few.

Do you own or work at a local business? Although the Bethany Park has a lot of great community support, there is always room for more!

For more information and the upcoming softball schedule visit the website at http://www.bethanypark.ca/softball.html.

 

KidSport 

Did you know that 1 in 3 Ontario families cannot afford to register their children in a sports program? Over 300,000 Ontario children under the age of 14 live in low income families. A not for profit group called KidSport has distributed over $3 Million in grants since 2000 to over 16,500 boys and girls. If you know a child who wants to play softball but cannot afford the fees, KidSport is there to help.

KidSport believes that no child should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. Visit the website and find out how to apply at  http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/ontario/.

 

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Join Bethany Village at the Durham Home Show this weekend – April 22nd – 24th, 2016.

Full details and 2 for 1 tickets can be found at:

Durham Home Show Info – Click Here!

Located at the McKinney Centre, 222 McKinney Drive, Whitby.

 

 

 

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Have you ever wished you had planned something more unique for Mother’s Day – something to show how special your Mom is? Well this may be exactly what you are looking for:

The 2016 Rolling Hills Studio Tour on the MAY 7th and 8th Mother’s Day Weekend.

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Set your own pace on a free self-guided tour in the scenic rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes

You can meet 14 artists and crafts people and see demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, wood working, feather art, and more at the 9 featured studios.

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Spring will certainly be in the air! Visit the website and set you own route. Take in the Quilt Show while you are there.

For More Information: 

http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com

info@rollinghillsstudiotour.com

(705) 277-2666 Bev Williams

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