Garden & Cook Book Swap – This week at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market

Bring a book, take a book!

HCFMA logo book exchangeThe idea of the exchange is that you bring us a book that you don’t need anymore and you take away another one that you would like to read – simple!

If you have books you’re ready to let go but you love browsing to look for a new gem then bring your crates, bags etc., to the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market.

Bring any and all gardening and food-related books that you’re ready to part with

Book exchange booksWhether they’re cookbooks, gardening books, foodie memoirs or reference books – then take your pick from books others have brought.  Each participant is welcome to take as many books as they bring! If you don’t have any books to swap, books are available to purchase for a small fee.

Village of Haliburton Market :Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Carnarvon Market: Friday, August 2nd, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you!

Leek Moth Project Demonstration

Garlic growers in Haliburton gathered earlier in the year to monitor the lifecycle of the leek moth to estimate just how abundant it is in the County.

Project partners and “citizen scientist’s” introduce themselvesThis ongoing project involving local farmers’ associations and U-Links, have been key participants and informants throughout the data collection process, and will ensure that the solutions developed are practical and effective.

Project partners and “citizen scientist’s” introduce themselves

Join us at the markets this week in the Village of Haliburton, (Tues. July 30, 12 pm – 4 pm), and at the Carnarvon market,  (Fri. Aug. 2nd, 1 pm to 5 pm), where Emma Horrigan, Researcher for U-Links, and Research Coordinator, Faculty of Forestry, U of Toronto shares her vast knowledge on the leek moth, and how it could affect the growth of garlic, alliums, and other members of the Allium family.

About the Leek Moth Project – Outline and Objectives

The main objective of this project is to quantify the impact and distribution of the leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) in Haliburton  County, and develop evidence-based strategies for Allium growers that help them respond to and address these challenges.

Pheromone trap for the leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) alongside rain gauge.

Pheromone trap for the leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) alongside rain gauge.

The leek moth (A. assectella) is an invasive, alien species in eastern Canada that is well-recognized as a pest of concern for Allium production. The moth largely targets leeks but can also attack onion, shallot, garlic and chive (Jenner et al. 2010). Acrolepiopsis assectella was first recorded in the Ottawa area in 1993, and by 2010 had expanded into eastern Ontario, southwestern Québec, Prince Edward Island, and New  York (Mason et al. 2011). The impact of leek moths can be extensive, causing severe loss of vegetable and seed products (Jenner et al. 2010). Acrolepiopsis assectella may also pose potential threats to Allium biodiversity across North America (Allison et al. 2007); including the native wild leek (Allium tricoccum).

 This project has been funded by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC).

All the above information and photos was supplied, with our thanks, by: Emma Horrigan

Researcher, U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research

Research Coordinator, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

93 Bobcaygeon Road, PO Box 655, Minden, ON K0M 2K0

Office: 705-286-2411 – Cell: 705-457-0144 – Website:




Offering fun for the whole family at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market!

Carnarvon photo boards carrot and corn with kids

Bring the kids and your camera! Fun for all ages!

Haliburton County Seed Library Will Benefit New and Experienced Gardeners

Haliburton in Transition (HINT) and Harvest Haliburton have partnered with the Haliburton County Public Library to bring a seed lending library to the residents of Haliburton County. At the seed library, patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and “return” some of those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.

seed library pic 2 “There’s an avid and growing community of growers in the county and the logical next step for those people is to learn to save seeds and pool their knowledge for the benefit of all growers in the county. We want to develop a seed stock suited to our soils and climate and we want to be certain we’ll have an inventory of seeds suited to our scale of growing,” says Langdon. Proprietary hybrids and genetically modified seed tailored to industrial agriculture dominate the industry to the detriment of heirloom seeds. For centuries people saved their own seed and we’ve got to learn the simple rules of how it’s done and do it again,” says Langdon.

“We were intrigued by this project – the free service and the community collaboration aspects fall within our purview, says Sue Robinson, staff member responsible for community partnerships at the HCPL. She adds, “A quick internet search revealed a number of seed libraries in Canada and the U.S. After speaking with our counterparts at the Grimsby Public Library who run a successful project there, we needed no more convincing to come on board.”

seed library pic 1There’s an educational component to the project as well. Three workshops are planned for July and August. The first workshop on Thurs. July 25th at 6 pm will discuss how to save the ‘easy’ seeds such as herb and flower seeds that are ripening now. The 2nd workshop on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6pm will discuss the three ways to save tomato seeds. The 3rd workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6pm will consider how to save ‘difficult’ seeds such as squash and cucumber. Community strategies of growing and sharing the harvest to maintain the purity of seed will also be discussed at this advanced workshop. All events will take place at the Haliburton Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.

Experienced seed savers in the county are encouraged to contact the organizers and offer their help in developing a community of learners and seed savers. Anyone with seeds to donate is also encouraged to drop them off at the library. Anje Hilker has already donated some seed including the locally famous Citron Melon seeds that were grown decades ago in Stanhope. They were found in an old tin in a farm building.

For more information, contact:

Sue Robinson, Community Partnerships & Administration, Haliburton County Public Library

Phone: 705 457 2241; Email:

Carolyn Langdon, Haliburton in Transition (HINT)

Phone: 705 286-3966; Email:

Weird Weather, Climate Change and Business as UNUSUAL

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New Market Hours in the Village of Haliburton!!

Noon to Four

The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market would like to announce our new hours at the Village of Haliburton market location.  Starting next week, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 we’ll be opening at noon.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

We sincerely hope this change in hours does not cause any confusion, and that this new timeslot will allow many more visitors access to the market, who otherwise couldn’t attend.

Thank you for helping to get the word out. Please share with friends and family if you think they’ll benefit from our new hours.  See you next Tuesday at Noon!

FYI: The Carnarvon Market location hours will remain the same:  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

~ Thank you!

Join us today for a free vermicomposting demonstration! Learn how to compost with worms

Join us today at the Haliburton County Farmers Market for a free vermicomposting demonstration!

Discover how to convert organic matter (food scraps and paper) into nature’s finest fertilizer. Find out how composting benefits the environment.

Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a convenient way to get wonderful compost for your garden even if you don’t have a lot of space. When done right, there is no smell and no mess, so you can even keep a worm bin in your kitchen throughout winter!

Pauline Plooard and Rickie Woods will be on hand to show us all to start our own bin, how to maintain it, and how to harvest the castings when they’re ready. Come out and learn how Red Wigglers can improve your garden by converting organic resources into a wonderful soil amendment.

We’re also pleased to have David Horton, owner of Vermi National as a  vendor this week.
Vermi National is a family run, Canadian company specializing in worm compost and composting worms. David’s business is located in Bobcaygeon and his mission is to encourage individuals and organizations to compost their organic waste, and to reduce what goes to the landfill.

You can also find Vermi National on Facebook, too!

So, what exactly is vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is composting with worms. It is typically done indoors in a closed bin populated with red wiggler worms that eat organic waste and expel it as worm castings, or droppings.

What is vermicompost?  Vermicompost is a combination of worm castings and decomposed organic material, as well as worms, worm cocoons, and other decomposer organisms. It is the end product of the vermicomposting process.
Why is it called vermicomposting? Vermi is Latin for worm. Vermicomposting simply means composting with worms.

What are worm castings?  Worm castings are the worm’s droppings or manure. Worm castings contain decomposed organic material, soil, and bacteria.

How does vermicomposting help the environment?  Vermicomposting lets us recycle just like nature does. A vermicompost bin mimics natural processes, allowing organic waste to break down into nutrient-rich compost, which can be returned to the soil to help new things grow. Vermicomposting helps the environment in the following ways:

  • Reduces Waste Sent to our Dump Sites – Up to 30% of our daily household waste is organic.
  • Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Organics buried in a dump site break down very slowly and without the presence of oxygen. As a result, methane gas (a greenhouse gas) is produced.
  • Reduces Pollution – When organics break down without the presence of oxygen, such as in a dump site, a toxic liquid known as leachate (the liquid that runs from a dump) is produced. Leachate can pollute our soil and water sources.
  • Reduces the Need for Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides – Finished vermicompost is natural fertilizer that returns valuable nutrients back into the soil, promoting the growth of healthy plants.