Because of the diverse nature of the many different restaurants and chefs Brian Henry has worked under he is highly proficient at a wide range of cuisines.

Brian’s cooking is seasonal, inventive and smart, but in no way unapproachable or fussy. When he is coaxed out of the kitchen and starts talking about food, his passion and knowledge are instantly recognizable.

"Chef Brian Henry cooked a series of delicious appetizers for us as we sat around a table in the kitchen". Thanks

Tony Aspler, Wine writer

“Chef Brian Henry puts one hundred percent of his energy into going all the way.”

Birgit Moenke, Editor Stir Media Read More Reviews

Upcoming Events

McLean Berry Farm is more than just berries

McLean Berry Farm is more than just berries

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend. There is lots for the whole family to do – from wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, to corn mazes, the pumpkin cannon, straw bales to play on and even the haunted barn – there is lots for everyone to enjoy!

Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

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Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2014

Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2014

Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2014

Join Us As We Celebrate 35 Great Years with the EFAO!

 

Farms at Work

Farms at Work

December 4th – 6th                    YMCA Geneva Park                    Orillia, ON


In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Farms at Work has joined forces with partners FarmStartEverdale, and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security to launch the first annual EFAO conference!

As supporting partners, we here at FAW have been hard at work developing informative, intermediate-level sessions for the Livestock Stream of workshops, featuring such topics as:

With over 30 intermediate- and advanced-level workshops in streams ranging from Business & Marketing, Diversified Grain, Soil, Stewardship & Energy, Vegetables, and Seed Production, the vision for this year’s conference aligns with EFAO’s core mandate: “to support and promote a vibrant community of ecological farmers through education, training and knowledge sharing.”

Also featured will be Keynote speaker, Abe Collins, a Vermont-based grazier and educator, who will offer his insights into grazing management, topsoil creation, environmental monitoring and modelling technologies. There will also be plenty of great food and entertainment available throughout the conference as well.

We expect over 250 ecological growers from across the province to attend, and are lucky enough to be hosting dozens of knoweldgeable speakers from across North America. So join us for what promises to be the ecological farming event of the year!

For more information, visit the conference website: www.conference.efao.ca

 

 

Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays 8:30am – 2pm May – October

 

Every Wednesday from May to October in the Louis St. Parking Lot:

Kawartha’s own locally grown fresh seasonal produce, delicious baked goods, local artisans and musicians, lunches-to-go, fresh cut flowers,

bedding plants, honey & maple syrup, local cheese & meats & guest chefs and special events, and a wonderful community atmosphere.

The Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market offers up some of the most fabulous flavours of summertime in the Kawarthas.

 

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Pollinator Day in Peterborough

Pollinator Day in Peterborough

Mark Your Calendars: Pollinator Day in Peterborough County

Have We Got an Exciting Workshop For You!

On Saturday November 1, 2014, pollination biologist Susan Chan will present this full day workshop designed for farmers, landowners and concerned citizens. Susan will outline the fundamentals of pollination, as well as habitat requirements for pollinators and beneficial insects. Case studies will be presented, and strategies for mitigating threats to pollinators will be proposed.

Susan has been invited to give presentations to thousands of people across Ontario, and her extensive research is inspiring farmers and landowners to implement pollinator conservation plans on their own properties.

Our special guest, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough City and County, will speak to recent research completed by Public Health Ontario on neonicotinoid pesticides.

Participants will each receive a copy of Farms at Work’s A Landowners’ Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario, and will spend time building nests for cavity-dwelling bees to take home for use on their own properties.

There will also be ample time to visit the Pollinator Exhibition, where participants can interact with stewardship organizations and regional businesses that provide pollinator-friendly plant material and services to landowners. If you operate a native plant nursery or are part of a stewardship organization and would like to become an exhibitor, please let us know!

Tickets are $30 each and include Landowner Guides and lunch. Spots are filling up very quickly for this exciting workshop, so make sure to register early! To purchase tickets, visit: www.pollinatordayptbo.eventbrite.ca.

For more information, contact: jay@farmsatwork.ca  |  (705) 743-7671.

We’d like to thank the Peterborough Foundation for their generous support in developing this event. 
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Enter to Win!

Enter to Win!

To enter click on the following link

 http://thekawarthas.ca/peterborough-the-kawarthas-fall-foodie-getaway-contest/

 

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Farms at Work

Farms at Work

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Pollinator Day in PTBO County

Thanks to the generous support of the Peterborough Foundation, Farms at Work is pleased to present a day-long workshop on pollination and beneficial insects in Peterborough County!

On Saturday November 1, 2014, pollination biologist Susan Chan, will present a full day workshop designed for farmers, landowners and concerned citizens. Susan will outline the fundamentals of pollination, as well as habitat requirements for pollinators and beneficial insects. Case studies will be presented, and strategies for mitigating threats to pollinators will be proposed.

Susan has been invited to give presentations to thousands of people across Ontario, and her extensive research is inspiring farmers and landowners to implement pollinator conservation plans on their own properties.

Participants will each receive a copy of Farms at Work’s A Landowners’ Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario, and will participate by building a nest for cavity-dwelling bees to take home for use on their own properties.

There will also be ample time to interact with exhibitors, stewardship organizations and businesses that provide pollinator-friendly plant material and services to landowners. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, please let us know!

Spots will fill up quickly for this exciting workshop, so make sure to get your tickets early! To reserve your seat online, go to: www.pollinatordayptbo.eventbrite.ca. For more information, contact: jay@farmsatwork.ca  |  (705) 743-7671.


November 2014

Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility Tour

Join us as we tour the brand new Northumberland Niche Food Processing Facility in Colborne, ON.

Designed to extend the seasonality of fruit and vegetable products from across the region with

packaging and freezing processes, this new facility will allow farmers to explore secondary sources of income through cost-effective value-added production.

Contact Jay Adam to receive updated details on this exciting tour as they become available.

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Farms at Work

Farms at Work

Farms at Work

Farms at Work

Holistic Management Course offered in Central Ontario this fall

Most of us get into farming with a bunch of disjointed hopes and dreams- and as the years go by sometimes we realize that we have got pieces of our dream but  also endless hours of work and very little economic return, if any, and we burn out and don’t enjoy it as much as we had envisioned…

Wherever you are in the continuum of creating the dream, trying to make your dreams into reality, or frustrated that you haven’t managed to make it work the way you wanted to, Holistic Management is a decision making framework that step by step helps you make decisions that will take you towards your dream.
This course is a whole farm planning course, allowing each farm to incorporate personal values into farm life, improves communication between the farm management team, and includes HM’s unique financial planning tools, grazing techniques, land planning, and time management tips. It takes 6 days because each farm team works with their own values and dream and creates their farm plan while learning the HM techniques.

Our fall Holistic Management Course for Family Farms will be held at Whispering Pines Farm and Garden near Phelpston, northwest of Barrie this fall.  It will be held October 24, 25 & 26 & November 14, 15 & 16 which are both over weekends which will hopefully accommodate farm teams where some members work at off farm jobs. Cost $1100 & HST for up to 2 people. Eligible for Growing Forward cost share. Past participants can come for a refresher for half price. For more details or a registration form, contact Tony & Fran McQuail, mcqufarm@hurontel.on.ca, or 519-528-2493.

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Travel with The White House Chefs to Italy

Cooking classes, cheese making, painting, wineries and more!

President Bush’s Chef Sam Morgante, Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti & Italian Culinary Expert
with President Clinton’s Chef Marti Mongiello hosted at Villa Oliviero!

Three Italian-Americans introduce an unbeatable combination

Travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast designed by three Italian-Americans with Italian roots!

Join The Presidential Culinary Museum ™

and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots,

LLC and discover Italy and real Italian food without the fake items mass marketed to the public today.

Experience the truth of mouth-watering cuisine, homemade pizza doughs,

making our own Limoncello in a class (with the world known lemons of this region), exacting regional cheeses,

local San Marzano (the most well-known and written about tomato of the area) tomatoes and cry with a glass of vino or Prosecco because it is so good.

This will be en emotional, social journey of a lifetime.

Filming of the newest TV series featuring the White House Chefs and Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti,

will encompass any guest that would like to appear on the show.

At night, LUXURIATE in a world class villa perched over the cliffs of the Mediterranean sea near Naples owned by Mario and his cousin Nello Oliviero.

The owners welcome you to enjoy each room overlooking the sea – every single room does!

Lets make buffaletta mozzarella by hand,

homemade pizzas, paint at night with a glass of wine and send home your masterpiece as well as visit the wineries and toast together…

Enjoy Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento – the land of sirens which enchanted Homer, Naples (Napoli) or the Isle of Capri by hydrofoil to mention just a few.

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  • May 6 – 19, 2015 – $5,400.00 pp 
  • May 14 – 21 or October 15 -22, 2016 – $5,900.00 pp 

 

Always a perfect balance of personal time, cooking & farm classes.
Please let us know about renewing your wedding vows in a group ceremony!
As featured on Edible Destinations by Epitourian.
Private groups throughout the year also welcomed.

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Farms at Work

Farms at Work

 

Province Launches Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit

Farmers Eligible for 25% Tax Credit for Donations Made to Community Food Programs

As part of the Local Food Act, 2013, the provincial government has officially launched its new Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit, the first tax incentive of its kind in Canada.

Farmers and farm businesses that donate agricultural products (i.e. fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products) to eligible community food programs will now be eligible for a tax credit of 25 per cent of the fair market value of the donated product. The credit can be claimed for donations made on or after January 1, 2014. If you would like more information on what agricultural products and food programs are eligible, you can read the FAQ prepared by the Ministry of Finance, or the final regulation.

In response to the launch of this new program, our friends over at Sustain Ontarioare hosting a free webinar with OMAF Senior Policy Advsior, Ziyaad Vahed on October 23rd from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Ziyaad will speak about the new tax incentive program and will be joined by some Sustain Ontario members and allies who will engage in a thoughtful conversation about what kind of impact this new policy will have on Ontario’s food systems. If you would like to join the conversation, click here to register for the webinar.

 

The Ontario Foodservice Designation Program began this year ready to bring a selection of great opportunities to the table. 

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First, the opportunity to consult with stakeholders from across Ontario on what a designation system for restaurants could both look like and accomplish–and not to mention, the opportunity to determine how best to combine authenticity protection with education and awareness, and promotion and marketing.

But ultimately, it’s the opportunity to work towards developing a program with the following objectives that really makes this exciting:

  • Create and support Ontario’s culinary identity
  • Increase the ease of buying and dining on Ontario food and beverages
  • Celebrate champions in the foodservice industry sourcing Ontario products
  • Bring further awareness to Ontario’s strong agricultural sectors, and
  • Compliment and support the Foodland Ontario program

With the setting complete, we have carefully selected and prepared the meat and potatoes of the program to ensure that you get to enjoy with confidence Ontario’s great restaurants and unique tastes of place.

How does this work?  Restaurants of all shapes and sizes–think everything from food trucks to fine-dining–who are

PROCURING Ontario food and drink, and

PARTNERING and PARTICIPATING in complementary programming and activities,

can apply to become “Certified Tastes of Ontario.” 

All they need to do is show that they are committed to the program manifesto:

  • To procure Ontario food and beverage whenever possible;
  • To track and trace Ontario food and beverage purchases as close to the point of origin as possible;
  • To identify the provenance of Ontario food and beverages on the menu;
  • To develop Ontario’s culinary identity by celebrating regional tastes and championing local, seasonal ingredients; and
  • To educate the public about Ontario food and beverage and to bring further awareness to its strong agricultural sectors

With the criteria set, we needed a name. What is a program without a name?

How best do we celebrate champions of Ontario food and drink?  Well, at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit on 13 November, Feast ON was officially introduced.

Since then, the Feast ON team has been working hard to make sure that everything is ready to go live for applications on 1 January 2014.

Some of the things we’ve been up to include:

  • Promoting the program at the 2013 Ontario Tourism Association Summit in Toronto, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, 13-14 November
  • Partnering with the Greenbelt Fund and industry to host a panel session entitled “Taking Stock:
  • Developing Your Recipe for Ontario Food Culture in Foodservice,” at Sustain Ontario’s Bring Food Home conference in Windsor, 17-19 November
  • Presenting Feast ON at the Hills of Headwaters Partners in Tourism Summit in Caledon, 25 November
  • Introducing everyone at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in Kingston to Feast ON, 3 December
  • Presenting Feast ON to the Muskoka & District Chefs Association and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (Simcoe County), at Georgian College in Barrie, 9 December
  • Posting an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the province to become Feast ON Community Connectors, 21 November
  • Continuing to work with great partners, such as Foodland Ontario, Ontariofresh.ca, Ocean Wise, and Wine Country Ontario

So in the spirit of Feast ON–as you celebrate this season–think about how you can include Ontario food and beverages on your holiday menus

 

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Farms at Work

Farms at Work

Ecological Farmers Conference 2014

When: December 4-6, 2014

Where: YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia

Presented by EFAO in partnership with FarmStart and Supporting Partners, Farms at WorkBauta and Everdale

To celebrate our 35th Anniversary, we’re launching our first annual conference. We expect 250 participants on beautiful Lake Couchiching with over 30 intermediate and advanced level workshops on vegetable and livestock production, soil health, seed saving, grains and more!

A practical conference for ecological farmers, by ecological farmers!

 

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Peterborough’s Farmers Market

Every Saturday Year Round
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Located in the Morrow Building

 George & Lansdowne Street, Peterborough
www.peterboroughfarmersmarket.com

 

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Tough job judging rib competitions!

Tough job judging rib competitions!

 
Proud Winner of the Top Chef Readers Select Award 2014

Proud Winner of the Top Chef Readers Select Award 2014

 

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