June Newsletter – Food and Farming events in the region!


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region  


Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 


Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

12. Have Gardening Questions?



Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm  

Join Bee at the Just Food Farm for a traditional yoga class for all levels of skill and ages! The class will include physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

WHEN: Sundays 9:45 – 11 am, starting June 2
WHERE: Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
It’s free, or by donation with all proceeds going to the Just Food Farm.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bee has been a yoga practitioner for 8 years and teaching for 5 years. She is a farmer and educator at Cadence Ecological Farm at the Just Food Farm, and is deeply interested in the role of holistic health while developing sustainable communities.

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

Experience an Aboriginal Water Ceremony with four speakers talking about Anishnaabe teachings about water and food, Indigenous communities’ actions to protect watersheds from methylmercury poisoning, and the connections between water, food, and climate change. This will be followed by a sharing circle and potluck. 

This fundraiser supports the Mother Earth Water Walk 2019. Click here for more details.

WHEN: June 8, 2 – 7 pm
WHERE: Big Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Gloucester
WHAT TO BRING:

  • Jar with water from home or special place
  • Food to share at potluck
  • Reusable plate, cutlery, and cup

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15-$30

3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year for your food growing needs.

We are still selling terracotta rain barrels for $55. We are confident that this is the best price on the market right now. For more details, click here and if interested, email Himani at info@justfood.ca to arrange pickup. 

Support Just Food, conserve water and save money. Contact us today.

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 

Join us starting July 7 from 10 am – 2 pm as we begin to enjoy the first produce of the season! Every Sunday, the farmers of Just Food will have fresh produce, condiments, sweet and savory treats, and much more! The Farm Stand is located at 2391 Pepin Court. Enjoy the first summer bounty of fresh, organic food from local farmers with us! For more information, click here


Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

Want a pumpkin for Halloween? Mike’s Garden Harvest is offering a free event for people to come plant a pumpkin seed and later harvest it in the fall. Mike will take care of the plants during the summer. Join other volunteers on June 1st at 9:30 am at 436 River Road, alongside the folks from Live 88.5 Radio and Empties for Paws!

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

Check out some of these plant swap events soon to get some new plants while exchanging some of your own!

EventDateLocationInformation
Plant &
Seed Swap +
Tree Give
away
June 1,
10 am – 1 pm
Velo Vanier, 270 Marier Ave. For more details, click here.
2019 Free
Plant Event 
June 8,
10 am – 2 pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell LaneMark yourself as
GOING here for organizers
to know.
2019 Plant Swap EventJune 9,
10 am – 2 pm
Lansdowne Park Farmers MarketMark yourself as
GOING here for
organizers to
know.

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

Look down the list for the closest farmers’ market opening near you to buy and support local farmers! For more ways to buy local, click here.

Farmers’ Market Location Timings
Beechwood
Market
43 Ste. Cecile St, within Optimiste Park Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, June 1 – October 26
Ottawa
Organic
Farmer’s
Market
1644 Bank St, near Heron Every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, year-round 
Byward
Market
Square
Byward Market Square, between York and George Streets, downtown Ottawa Every day, typically 9 am – 5 pm, already open
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Lansdowne
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way Every Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 5 – October 27
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Westboro
Market
Byron Linear Park between
Richmond Road, Golden, Byron, and Broadview Avenues
Every Saturday, 9:30 am – 3 pm, May 18 – November 2
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Orleans
Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Rd, OrléansEvery Thursday, 12 pm – 6 pm, May 23 – October 10
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Barrhaven
Market
Nepean Woods Park & Ride, at Strandherd and Crestway DriveEvery Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm, June 2 – October 13
Cumberland
Farmers’
Market
R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd, CumberlandEvery Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm, starting June 15
North
Gower
Farmers’
Market
2397 Roger Stevens Dr, North GowerEvery Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm, May 22 – October 5
Metcalfe
Farmers’
Market
2821 8th Line Rd, MetcalfeEvery Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, May 11 – October 26
Kanata
Farmers’
Market
745 Kanata Ave, KanataEvery Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 25 – November 3
Carp
Farmers’
Market
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd, CarpEvery Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, May – October
Marché
du
Vieux-Aylmer
Memorial Park, corner of Broad and Main Street, AlymerEvery Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, June 2 – October 29
Old
Chelsea
Market
212 Old Chelsea Rd, ChelseaEvery Thursday, 4 pm – 7 pm, May 30 – October 10
Marché
Notre-
Dame
330 Notre-Dame Rd, GatineauEvery day starting May 8, 8 am – 8 pm
Marché
Vieux-
Hull
Parc Du Portage, Gatineau (corner of Laurier and Victoria Streets)Every Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 am, May 30 – October 10

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours

Discover the dozens of gardens in the region along the Garden Promenade! Whether you wish to do it alone or hire a pro to show you the way, the Garden Promenade offers a broad range of options. Walk in downtown Ottawa and discover some of the 75+ garden attractions, combine a bike and culinary tour and travel along scenic bicycle paths, hop on and hop off Ottawa’s double decker buses for a multilingual guided tour while visiting the city’s famous attractions at your own pace, or drive it on your own. Enjoy the blooming flowers in the city the way you want too! For more information, click here

When: Every Saturday, from June 15 to August 31. 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

Gardens Ottawa invites you to a celebration event for the role gardens play in our lives and highlight the importance of public and private gardens. Plan a garden party at your garden, garden centre, school, community facility, garden club, or business within this nine-day period and let Ottawa know about it by adding your event here. What you do is entirely up to you, the intent is to celebrate gardens and gardening while contributing to Ottawa’s garden experiences. 

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Join Amber for a walk as you get introduced to common early summer wild edible and medicinal plants of Eastern Ontario. These may include red raspberry leaf, lemon balm, comfrey, and milkweed. You will have a chance to learn about plant identification, edible, medicinal, or other traditional uses of plants; harvesting, processing, and storage practices, and more! 

WHEN: June 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: 2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa
Click here to register.

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

Did you know the majority of smallholder rural farmers all over the world are women? The reality is that they face multiple barriers in accessing land, credit, and agency due to systemic challenges related to gender inequality. USC Canada wants to change this on June 3, when the global conference on gender equality begins in Vancouver. Write to you MP before then to ask that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau devote 10% of Canada’s international aid budget to women farmers. Help bring this issue to the table!

12. Have Gardening Questions?

As you start the growing season, do you want some advice or have questions about gardening? The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton are a group of experienced gardeners with horticulture backgrounds that volunteer their time to help answer the public’s questions. They provide free, unbiased advice to home gardeners while encouraging good growing practices. Contact them by phone or email, listed here, or find them at clinics at local markets and fairs. 

Are you interested in having a gardening workshop with your community? Email communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.