Food, Fairs and Farm Events This September

Just Food

September 2018


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. Sept 12 or 15 | Opportunity for Land/Supports to Start a Farm Business

2. Sept 12, 14 & Oct 16 | CGN Workshops

3. Sept 23 | Green Energy Open Doors at Just Food Tour

4. Sept 30 | Thinking Garden Viewing – Capital Grannies

Other Community News and Events

5. September | Fairs

6. Sept 7 | Potato Field Day at Ferme Beetbox Farm

7. Sept 8 & 9 | Drouin Farm Apple & Pumpkin Festival

8. Sept 15 | Yoga at the Domaine Perrault Vineyard – Finale Party & Fundraiser 2018

9. Sept 21-22 | Beau’s Oktoberfest

10. Sept 21 | Domaine Perrault – Korean Cooking Class & Wine Sampling

11. Sept 14 – 23 | Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

12. Sept 21 – 23 | Green Energy Open Doors Tour

13. Sept 26 | All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment

14. Sept 30 | Gatineau Hills Farm Hop

15. Sept 30 | Tunes & Spoons

16. Oct 3 | Feast of Fields


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Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-824-7771.


Just Food News and Events

1. Sept 12 or 15 | Opportunity for Land/Supports to Start a Farm BusinessWanting to start a farm business and need land and/or support?

Find out about Just Food’s Start-up Farm Program, for a diversity of folks including those from a non-farm background, second careerists, new Canadians, and those with farm experience, or land in other settings. This program includes access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training. It’s aim is to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

When:Wednesday Sept 12 – 7-8pm or Saturday Sept 15 – 10-11am (ability to tour site after info session)
Where:  Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Crt.
Register at info@justfood.ca  – Please indicate which session you wish to come to

2. Sept 12, 14 & Oct 16 | CGN Workshops

Sept 12 | Seed Saving

Join us for an evening where we learn about how to save our own seeds from our gardens this year.  At this workshop participants will learn about:

Flower and pollination types
Harvest and Storage of vegetable seeds
The Ottawa Seed Library
Isolation distance best practices for vegetables
And more!

When: Wednesday Sept 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 464 Metcalfe St.
Cost: Free
RSVP: Gardening@ccochousing.org

Sept 14 | Salsa Making

It’s a time of garden abundance, but what are you going to do with all that food?  You can can it – using the hot water bath canning method of course! This demonstration workshop will instruct participants with all they need to know to confidently use the hot water bath canning method to make salsa and other recipes.

When: Friday Sept 14 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where: 30 Quill St. – Overbrook Community Centre
Cost: $5.00 or pay-what-you-can
RSVP: Communitygardening@justfood.ca

Oct 16 | Hot Water Bath Canning Workshop 

It’s a time of garden abundance, but what are you going to do with all that food?  You can can it – using the hot water bath canning method of course! This demonstration workshop will instruct participants with all they need to know to confidently use the hot water bath canning method to make salsa, jam, or pickles.

When: Tuesday Oct 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 464 Metcalfe St.
Cost: Free
RSVP: Gardening@ccochousing.org

3. Sept 23 | Green Energy Open Doors at Just Food

As part of Green Energy Open Doors, Just Food will be hosting a farm tour from 1:00 – 2:30 on Sunday September 23. Just Food Farm is a community farm with many projects and programs happening on site simultaneously. The Farm Stand will be in operation, so come on in early and take a look at what the land and new farmers have to offer!

By attending this tour you can learn about:

The Just Food solar array
Our Start up Farm Program
Our Community Food Forest and Community Gardens
Our Community Program Spaces
And more!

We’ll be meeting at the big red barn at 1:00 to get started.

When: Sunday Sept 23 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Crt.
Parking: Stop at the Farm stand on the way in, but parking for the tour is located behind the big red barn
Bus: Number 94 bus will take you to Tauvette stop along Innes Rd. which is at the corner of Just Food Farm

 

4. Sept 30 | Thinking Garden Viewing – Capital Grannies

Join the Capital Grannies for an inspirational afternoon viewing the film “Thinking Garden,” about a South African community garden, and finding out about community gardens in the Ottawa area

The award-winning movie “Thinking Garden,” produced by Elizabeth Vibert, historian and professor in Victoria, B.C., and Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh, is a story about three generations of South African women creating a communal garden and a gathering place for women to think about effecting change in the context of poverty, climate change and HIV/AIDs. Elizabeth got to know the farmers at the Hleketani Community Garden over some years while conducting oral history research. These older women had taken matters into their own hands to produce food locally for the most vulnerable people. They asked Elizabeth whether she would be doing a film about them and so she contacted Christine, who saw in their story many parallels to the work she has done documenting the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous women in Canada.

When Elizabeth showed the completed film to the women of the Hleketani Community Garden, they declared: “It’s like a miracle … we never dreamed we would see something like this for our farm.” These South African women have drawn on remarkable reserves of strength, courage and resilience in answering Christine’s question: “What does hope look like?”

To complement this story of a South African community garden, local Ottawa people will be telling their own stories of their community gardens. The volunteers who work in the Shepherds of Good Hope community garden, which supplies vegetables for the soup kitchen all summer, as well as participants from the Parkdale Food Centre, Growing Futures, Just Food and the Karen Farm, will talk about their work.

Please join us for a thought-provoking afternoon!

When: SundaySeptember 30, 3:00 p.m.
Where: 
St. Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street

 

Other Community News and Events

 5. September | Fairs

Sept 6 – 9 | Russell Fair

Harvesting excitement is what we do best every September since 1858 in the pleasant rural village of Russell where the tradition of agricultural and homecraft exhibits is complemented by the Robertson Amusements midway, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby and daily live entertainment for young and the young at heart. Come join us! We’re only minutes off the 417 east of Ottawa.

When:  September 6 – 9
Where: 1052-1076 Concession St, Russell, ON
Cost:
Weekend gate passes – $25
Adults (13 & over) – $10* (Saturday Adult – $12)
Children (7 to 12) – $5
Children (under 7) – Free
https://russellfair.com/

 

Sept 13 – 16 | The Richmond Fair

The fair features events such as agriculture shows, demolition derby, live entertainment, rock climbing, games, rides, and more providing a day’s worth of fun and entertainment for the whole family!

When: September 13 – 16
Where: 6121 Perth Street, Richmond, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. General admission and advance gate tickets available – see link for details https://www.richmondfair.ca/tickets

 

Sept 20 –  23 | The Carp Fair

Enjoy a fun-filled day in the country at the “Best Little Fair in Canada”, the Carp Fair.  With great music, great shows, and a huge midway… you’ll find something for the entire family! Feel the exhilaration of all the midway twists turns and tumbles! Enjoy live music, world-class horse shows and President’s Choice SuperDogs! There is a Family Circle tent with magic shows, and puppets or experience agricultural learning in the Ag Tent, petting zoo and more! It’s a full weekend of family fun! For a great Fall day in the country – where all your senses will be activated – see, hear, smell – come visit Carp Fair 2018 and go home exhausted.

When: September 20 – 23
Where: Carp Farigrounds, 3790 Carp Rd, Carp, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. Early-bird passes available – see link for details http://carpfair.ca/fair/guest-info/

 

Sept 27 – 30 | Metcalfe Fair

Rural tradition meets modern family entertainment at the Metcalfe Fair! 2018 will mark the 162nd anniversary of this Fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. Feature events include the horse pull, demolition derby, classic car show, fiddling and step dancing, midway games, and much more! Held every year since 1856, the Metcalfe Fair https://www.metcalfefair.com/ is one of the premier agricultural exhibitions in Ontario.

When: September 27 – 30
Where: 2821 8th Line Road, Ottawa, ON
Cost:

Adults – $10/day or $25 weekend pass

Children (6 – 12 years old) – $5/day or $12 weekend pass

Children 5 and under – FREE

 

6. Sept 7 | Potato Field Day at Ferme Beetbox Farm

Join potato breeder Duane Falk at the Beetbox Farm for a  100% potato workshop!

Since 2013, The Bauta Family Seed Initiative in collaboration with the University of Manitoba has been running a participatory plant breeding program on potatoes. Over 20 farmers across the country are involved in selecting and improving different varieties of potatoes on their farm, to develop their on on-farm variety. Duane Falk, the potato breeder for the project, has been doing organic breeding work for cereals for over 30 years, and he is now applying that knowledge to help develop new potato varieties for farmers across the country.

The workshop will include:

  • A discussion on selection: How to select in the field? How to develop new potato varities on your farm?
  • In the field selection: A hands-on experience in selecting potato in the Beetbox field

The workshop will be followed by a 100% potato potluck. Potato is a versatile produce that can be served from appetizer to dessert. Bring your original potato dish to share it with the rest of the group!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/field-day-on-participatory-plant-breeding-for-potatoes-tickets-48928349009?utm_term=eventurl_text

When:  September 7 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: Ferme BeetBox Farm 230 Davidson’s Side Road Ottawa, ON
Cost: Free!

 

7. Sept 8 & 9 | Drouin Farm Apple & Pumpkin Festival

Come join us September 8 & 9 for a fun-filled family day at the Apple and Pumpkin Festival! Free admission Activities: Vendor Market* Horse and buggy rides* Farm Animal Tour Onsite Park Bouncy Castles Photobooth Canteen* Pumpkins for sale* Pumpkin hunt* Photo sessions* Apple picking at Verger Cléroux* (* = paid activities)

When: September 8 & 9
Where: Ferme Drouin, 1230 Rte 400, Casselman, ON
Cost: Variable by activity

 

8. Sept 15 | Yoga at the Domaine Perrault Vineyard – Finale Party & Fundraiser 2018

This year’s event will be held in memory of a very special woman who fought a long and courageous battle against Ovarian Cancer. On May 31, 2018, Ashley Courtois (Cowan) – who inspired the inception of this annual fundraiser – passed away at only 33 years of age. Please join us as we dedicate this entire event to Ashley: she showed us what true courage looks like, always smiling and refusing to give up hope.

Wine, yoga, dinner, live music, a dance party, prizes and more! All in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Hosting this event is Savour Ottawa member Domaine Perrault Vineyard.

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, Ontario

For more information – https://www.facebook.com/events/1259651970838973/

9. Sept 21-22 | Beau’s Oktoberfest

Beau’s Oktoberfest is the annual signature fundraising event for craft brewery Beau’s Brewing Co. Held in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Beau’s Oktoberfest features live music on two stages, 17 Beau’s beers and over 50 guest taps, delicious cuisine from 28 local restaurants, activities, a kinderfest for children and so much more! Beau’s Oktoberfest was named “Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year” in 2016 by the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Oktoberfest is Wunderbar!

When: Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
Where: 92 Main St W, Vankleek Hill, ON
Cost: Ticket prices vary – https://tickets.beausoktoberfest.ca/

 

10. Sept 21 | Domaine Perrault – Korean Cooking Class & Wine Sampling

Learn how and prepare Korean chicken wraps, Spicy Cucumber salad and more!!

-Sample these along with 5 wines (2 oz per wine per person) served by Julie Ricard, Sommelier, Fortified Grape

-Cost includes wine tasting and food sampling

– For single ticket: You get to take home: 1 envelope of Epicure Korean BBQ and chicken sauce mix, 1 jar of Asian Stir Fry, 1 Chili Flakes and Garlic Topper and 1 Minced Garlic.

For more information and to register: https://koreanandwine.eventbrite.ca

Hosting this event is Savour Ottawa member Domaine Perrault Vineyard.

When:  September 21 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, Ontario
Cost: $47 – $72

 

11. Sept 14 – 23 | Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

As the days begin to grow shorter, and the heat of the summer starts to dissipate, people in this region look forward to the bounties of the harvest. This September, Gardenlicious is the opportunity to connect your garden to the culinary world.

Does your garden already have a culinary experience? This could be the opportunity to connect with a local chef and restaurant. You could host a chef from one of our official restaurants for your visitors to meet, which will offer a truly delightful garden culinary experience from the farm to the plate.

Watch http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/gardenlicious-sept-22-24-2017/ to learn about activities, as they are added for 2018.  This site will provide you with times, and locations where you can enjoy some of the city’s best Garden-to-Table experiences.

When: September 14 – 23
Where: The Garden Promenade

12. Sept 21 – 23 | Green Energy Open Doors 

Green Energy Doors Open, is a Canada-wide showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. It is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system.

The event is free to participate in as a host and to attend. In 2017, the initiative featured more than 150 events in Ontario, Alberta and BC with more than 10,000 attendees.

For more info: http://www.ottawagedo.org

Here’s three tours we recommend you take a look at:

Beetbox Farm Tour

During this year’s Green Energy Doors Open, explore another side of the sustainable lifestyle by visiting a working vegetable farm in the city! Embark on an hour-long guided tour of BeetBox Co-operative Farm: a 110 acre, human-scale & diversified urban farm situated in the Greenbelt.

Deepen your knowledge of hyper-local food production in a uniquely picturesque farm bordering the Ottawa River and surrounded by forest and marshes. Learn how three young farmers came together to launch an ambitious farm business currently feeding 106 families and discover how the community at large has rallied behind the project.

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018  3:00 – 4:15
Where: 230 Davidson’s Side Rd Nepean, ON K2K 2Z4 (off of Carling Ave.)
For more info: www.beetbox.ca

Kin Vineyards Tour

Explore KIN Vineyards, located in the heart of Carp, to learn about how a community-owned solar project and partnership with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) and other energy innovations allowed KIN to be a net-zero energy vineyard.

Join a tour of the vineyards to learn about the history of KIN and the land it sits on. Gain insight into the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative’s most recent community-owned solar 30-kW project, hosted on the roof of the production building, was connected to the grid in early July. The solar project is 100% owned by members of the Co-operative.

Bike to the vineyard with a group of solar enthusiasts, led by OREC General Manager Janice Ashworth. The group will be leaving from 969 Wellington St. W at 10 AM.

When: Sept 23 12 – 1 pm
Where: 2225 Craig’s Side Rd., Carp, ON
For more info: www.kinvineyards.com

Just Food Community Farm Tour

Just Food Farm is a community farm with many projects and programs happening on site simultaneously. The Farm Stand will be in operation, so come on in early and take a look at what the land has to offer!

By attending this tour you can learn about:

The Just Food solar array
Our Start up Farm Program
Our Community Food Forest and Community Gardens
Our Community Program Spaces
And more!

We’ll be meeting at the big red barn at 1:00 to get started.

When: Sept 23 1 – 2:30 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Crt.
Parking: Stop at the Farm stand on the way in, but parking for the tour is located behind the big red barn
Bus: Number 94 bus will take you to Tauvette st. a short walk away from Just Food.

 

13. Sept 26 | All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment

In the lead up to the 2018 Ottawa municipal election, Ecology Ottawa is hosting an All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment. The debate, co-hosted by Ottawa Riverkeeper, Walk Ottawa, Healthy Transportation Coalition, Waste Watch Ottawa and the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, will take place at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, September 26th.

The two hour debate, to which all mayoral candidates have been invited, will include questions on climate change adaptation, waste management, environmental justice, active transportation and greenspace, among other municipally-focused environmental concerns.

The event is free, but registration is required.

When: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:30 
Where:
 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive

https://www.facebook.com/events/276070483187799/

If you are interested in debates for the different Wards, this handy article has identified the different debates happening by ward.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-votes-2018-municipal-election-debates-1.4800928

14. Sept 30 | Gatineau Hills Farm Hop

Three Gatineau Hills farms have joined forces to offer you a fall festival to remember. Pick pie pumpkins, press cider, bake potatoes, have lunch, and celebrate the season!!  Farm Hop is an event conducted between Roots & Shoots Farm, Juniper Farm, and Ferme et Forêt.

Please see this link for more details:http://www.farmhop.ca/en/

When: Sept 30 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Three farms, start at any of them!

Roots and Shoots Farm

115 Chemin de la Beurrerie, Ste Cecile de Masham, Qc 

Ferme et Forêt

225 Chemin Shouldice, Wakefield, QC

Juniper Farm

375 Chemin Shouldice Wakefield, QC

 

15. Sept 30 | Tunes & Spoons

What could be better? Colin Linden of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings headlining, 8 local ‘celebrity’ chefs cooking, craft beer and Ontario wine flowing, all in support of our community. Tunes and Spoons promises to be the food event of the fall, with an aim to raise funds to support local, organic, sustainable farms to get their fresh food into the hands of those who need it most – people in our community who are experiencing food insecurity.

All funds raised will be split between four local farms, each one asked specifically to grow a particular crop which will then be supplied to the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) for distribution to their emergency food cupboard clients and through their MarketMobile initiative!

To buy your tickets please visit:
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tunesandspoons/180225

For more details or to get involved please visit the event website:
http://www.tunesandspoons.org/
or email Shannon at shannon.szkurhan@crcrr.org.

 

16. Oct 3 | Feast of Fields 

“Feast of Fields, Ottawa’s most delicious fundraiser!”

Paula Roy, local food writer & blogger – 2017

 

Join Canadian Organic Growers at Feast of Fields,

Come celebrate the bounty of fall with outstanding organic and sustainable foods, wine and beer at Feast of Fields.

Chat with local farmers and producers

Sample sustainable wines and organic beers

Meet some of our region’s most talented chefs

Enjoy exquisite tastings that highlight organic and sustainable ingredients

When: Wednesday October 3 from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m
Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West in Jean Pigott Hall
Tickets: $75.00 – https://feast-of-fields-ottawa.eventbrite.ca

For more info:  https://carefor.ca/events/feast-of-fields.htm

 


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here.  If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-824-7771.


 

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