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Markets in the Capital: Byward vs the rest of us?

Posted by Chris Penton on

The latest survey on the Byward Market was announced on August 1st. This one, run by the City’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department, seeks the greater public’s opinion on Byward’s ‘public realm’. No, the City does not want your feedback on a Game of Thrones Day on George St. The public realm refers to every inch you can touch without going into a private property. Sidewalks, planters, roads, public washrooms etc. There has been a double standard set forth by the City in funding all things Byward (and Parkdale) while profiting off smaller markets. To be clear, I am...

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Local or not to local....

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Local or not to local....

The recent scandal in Peterborough's biggest market has once again raised the verified local food concern. How is Ottawa doing in this regard? What can we do to create a stronger local food scene?

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A Market has gotta grow!

Posted by Chris Penton on

Going into its fifth season of operation, our quaint Market has made significant progress. Happy to call ourselves a staple in the neighbourhood, the Market’s move to Optimiste Park has made it all that more attractive to haul the kids down for a few hours while you shop and mingle. All of our vendors rate the Beechwood Market as one of their best-selling venues and all remain keen on returning year after year. Many customers have developed friendly relationships with the farmers, bakers and chefs. Food security such an issue these days, it is a luxury to look producers in...

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Bring Food Home Conference

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I recently attended the Bring Food Home Conference. A combined effort of various groups dedicated to a more cohesive local food system for Ontario, the gathering takes place every two years. Held at Ottawa U, the biggest hurdle was navigating the construction. Thursday was dedicated to area tours. With four to choose from, I chose the one that ended with Top Shelf Distillers. Also with stops at Just Food’s Farm, North House Foods and the Two Rivers Food Hub, each stop presented tangible manifestations of ideas that have been floating around my head for quite some time. Next day I...

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Reasonable farmers? Liberal tax reform

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Reasonable farmers? Liberal tax reform

It would be an understatement to say that the recent Liberal tax reform proposals have caused a stir. A poorly thought out political move to increase their middle class voting share, the Grits have successfully upset a population of guaranteed voters; doctors, dentists, tech start-ups and…farmers. Most of our farmers at the Beechwood Market have been a bit busy as of late pulling weeds, swimming in floods and driving an hour into City markets to digest the announcement. Although summer was selected to quieten the blow, farmers did take notice. Those with legitimate succession plans based around the current rules...

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