Grape Expectations: Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

Grape Expectations:  Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

By Michelle Annette Tremblay

Disclaimer: by reading this article you may find yourself sacrificing a tank of gas, a sunny afternoon, and perhaps even an hour or two of sobriety. If you shudder at the thought of fine wine, day-trips, stories of tenacity and toil, overcoming unbeatable odds, family legacies and unwavering passion and commitment, then this story isn't for you. But who are we kidding? Don't we all love stories of grit and gusto? Don't we all enjoy getting a little buzzed on dreamy dreams coming to fruition?

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Summer Harvest Memories: Farm Resorts Nurtured Holiday Memories

Summer Harvest Memories: Farm Resorts Nurtured Holiday Memories

Story and photos by Lindi Pierce

In the early years of tourism, the 1920s to 1950s, a special breed of tourist destination flourished like the summer harvest. Cottage resorts sprouted up along the lakeshore on family farms, a kind of additional crop on sometimes cash-poor farms. There's a tradition of tourist homes or guest lodges - farm wives opening their dining room for home cooked meals and the spare bedroom for a guest or two, farmers building small cabins for much-needed summer tourist accommodation. The tourist homes felt comfortable because they were homes, and guests became like family. 

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Labour of Love: Maynooth Market Incubator for Small-Enterprise Farmers

Labour of Love:  Maynooth Market Incubator for Small-Enterprise Farmers

Story and photos by Sarah Vance

Misty mornings begin before dawn for the many small-enterprise farmers who tend agricultural outposts in and around Hastings County, as dew lingers on the crops at sunrise. For some, morning arrives with the call of a rooster as eggs are collected from nesting hutches and rabbits are penned into the hatch of a pick-up truck for the journey to the Maynooth Farmer’s Market.

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