PRODUCERS PLEASED WITH STRAWBERRY SEASON . . . NO FEAR HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE: BETTER THAN WHAT’S IN THE JAR . . . GENETICALLY MODIFIED TREES ARE BEING “STRANGLED” BY RED TAPE . . . ORGANIC MEADOW ROLLING INTO LARGER CO-OP . . . INVITATION TO MOW: 12TH ANNUAL MARITIME HANDMOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS . . .
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PRODUCERS PLEASED WITH STRAWBERRY SEASON
Overall, strawberry growers in the Maritime Provinces report a good season. Bob Bates, owner of Bates Landing on New Brunswick’s Belleisle Bay, says flavor was exceptional this year and prices increased slightly at the U-pick. The New Brunswick Department of Agriculture reports U-pick prices ranging from $1.50 to $1.60 a pound and up to $2 a pound for organic strawberries. Bates says the retail market was relatively strong as well. He credits that to Nova Scotia’s season starting late following a late spring. (read more)
NO FEAR HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE: BETTER THAN WHAT’S IN THE JAR
Simon Hopkinson created a highbrow restaurant, Bibendum, in West London and he has been filling seats there for nearly 30 years. His books, like “Roast Chicken And Other Stories,” are famous. So this is a man with class. And he’s noticed that “mayonnaise ... is something that is such a pleasure to make, but people are often frightened of it and it’s one of the most delicious things." (read more)
GENETICALLY MODIFIED TREES ARE BEING “STRANGLED” BY RED TAPE
U.S. researchers say it has become “virtually impossible” to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world. They argue that the GM trees are desperately needed to deal with an upsurge in forest diseases and pests. What they term “misguided” concerns about genetic engineering have slowed progress to a crawl. But environmental campaigners say the technology is risky and the long-term safety unproven. (read more)
ORGANIC MEADOW ROLLING INTO LARGER CO-OP
Source: Ontario Farmer
Meadowfresh, a subsidiary of Agrifood International Cooperative Ltd. In Western Canada and Avrio Ventures General Partnership Ltd. are taking over Organic Meadow co-operative in Ontario. The approximately 100 farmers who own Organic Meadow will get only seven cents on the dollar in the financial restructuring, the same as other unsecured creditors owed a total of close to $930,000. Farmers who loaned $760,544 to Organic Meadow will have to wait to see how much they will eventually get.The three involved in this deal say arrangements for their partnership remain to be worked out. (read more)
INVITATION TO MOW: 12TH ANNUAL MARITIME HANDMOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Source: Rural Delivery
Good morning handmowers. It’s time for the 12th Annual Maritime Handmowing Championships: Saturday, August 29, rain or shine (but it always shines!). We hope we will see you and friends that day at the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross with scythes (blades detached and covered) and ready to take part in one or more contests. Novice and “Well Honed Blades” (70 and older) events take place at 11 am. Open competition at 1 pm. Also of course, Hay Forking contest for all ages, the fun “Chair Mowing” contest, plus demonstrations of many practical hay and grain harvesting skills like stacking hay and flailing grain. Prizes for all in the Open championship competition. No charge for those arriving with scythes and ready to join the fun. Please plan to take part, and please spread the word. Thanks to all, Dirk PS: If you are planning to take part it will help with planning if you let us know by email or phone, 902-354-5411, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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