Foods of the Fundy Valley is excited to announce the opening of our newly relocated FFV Farmers’ Market at the Old Church, 2807 Main Street, Hillsborough, also home to Oliver’s German Bakery.
The Hillsborough Public Library is starting a seed library. You can “borrow” seeds for your garden.
All we ask in return is that you save some seeds from the plants that grew and return them to the seed
library. For more information about the Seed Library and how to participate please contact the library by telephone at 734-3722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeds are a connection between the past and the future. When you save seed from one crop, you anticipate planting, growing and harvesting more food in the future. But seeds can be more — they can connect us to our heritage.
Community Partnership is evident at Forest Dale Home in the community of Riverside-Albert with the non-profit organizations Foods of the Fundy Valley and Shepody Food Bank!
Story and photos by Joanne Butland
Wondering why there's a crane on the Alma Waterfront? The wharf is being upgraded - good news for the fishing community.
Vessel parking in the Alma harbour has been at 150% capacity for many years. This has been a serious safety concern, not to mention the inconvenience to Captains and Crews, and has resulted in damage to various vessels over the years directly due to the overcrowding. In June of 2015 Small Craft Harbours announced that it had finally secured funding for the the Alma Wharf Project. This funding, in excess of 3 million dollars will create an extra 5 - 7 vessel parking spaces at a new extension.
Curryville seniors will receive financial support to acquire new kitchen equipment and conduct facility renovations to get their project off the ground, today announced Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal.
The Curryville Community Outreach Center is receiving $25,000 for their project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project will help a number of Canadians in Curryville. The project will see renovations completed to the organization’s community kitchen including flooring, heaters and new appliances to continue activities and offer new activities such as preparing pickles/jams to support senior’s participation.
Written by Jennifer Shelby
My daughter is a three year veteran of sugaring. She’s four years old now and knows her role well. She squirms as I strap on her snowshoes and with a squeal of excitement she races to the sugar maple closest to our house.
She carefully lifts the lid of the sap bucket and peers inside. “Mummy! The tree gave us LOTS of sap!” She jumps up and down with delight, sending the lid crashing back down and spilling a bit of precious sap. She pretends not to notice. I say nothing.
She watches, holding her breath, as I empty the bucket into my portable pail. “Don’t spill it, Mummy! Be careful!”
I return the sap bucket to the hook beneath the spile. After a moment there is a steady ping of droplets crashing to the bottom of the empty tin bucket. She grins. “It’s giving us more! It’s so good at sharing! Thank you, tree!” She throws her arms around the aged maple and gives it a hug.
Seeds and stories are passed down between generations. Traditionally, gardeners saved much of their own seed and shared it with friends, families and neighbours. The names of some varieties reflect the story behind the seed. For example, Wild Goose beans were found in the gullet of a goose. Mortgage Lifter tomatoes sold so well they allowed the farmer who developed them to pay off his mortgage. What about the stories from our region?
Atlantic Seed Stories is an inter-generational project that connects people to their past, children to their elders, and a community to their food supply. We would like to collect stories about heirloom seeds, grow out these seeds at community gardens, and then share the seeds.
If you have seeds or stories to share, or suggestions of people I should contact, please email Janet Wallace at email@example.com
Foods of the Fundy Valley (FFV) is pleased to announce our first community garden partnership with the Forest Dale Nursing Home in Riverside Albert. FFV has had school gardens at all 3 of our local schools for the past few years and the expansion in to community gardens is a next step for our organization.
Need groceries but don’t like winter driving? No problem! Residents of rural Albert County can get free rides to and from the grocery store in Hillsborough. This amazing door-to-door service is being provided by a partnership between Tele-Drive Albert County, Forest Dale Home (which supplies the van), and Hillsborough Fresh Mart. Anyone from Alma to Hillsborough can be picked up at their home, taken to the store and brought back home again.
The program will run on Mondays and will start in January. If you are interested in this free service, call 875-1190.
The many hard-working volunteers of Foods of the Fundy Valley have made great strides in 2015.
Learn more about work to create "a stronger, more vibrant Albert County, where our residents can enjoy the economic, healthful, and cultural benefits of consuming locally produced foods, and our farmers and food producers are able to sustainably, responsibly and profitably grow the local food economy. "
Check out the highlights of the last year by clicking here, visiting their website, foodsofthefundyvalley.ca, or check out past newsletters here.
Shepody Food Bank, located at the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert, serves the catchment area from the Village of Alma up to and including the Upper Albert Mines Road, as established by the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks. With the month of December yet to be figured in, to date we have served 94 households comprising 224 individuals, for a total of over 28,000 meals in 2015. We also send weekly food contributions to the Riverside Consolidated School for their breakfast and other meal programs.
With little fuss or fanfare lobster fishing area 36 opened in Alma at 6am on Tuesday, November 10th. The boats left Alma's harbour at 11pm Monday night. The boats travelled to Herring Cove and waited...Unlike district 35 which opened last month, the 36 boats had to wait until 6am before leaving Herring Cove according to their licence conditions. Depending on the size of boat and the captain’s strategy, some left with big loads of traps, praying for calm seas. Others left with small loads banking on a quick turnaround to get a full load on the next tide.
Foods of the Fundy Valley, in conjunction with the Taste of Fundy, is inviting you to become part or our most recent local food campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to provide business owners with the means to advertise to consumers that their products are locally produced, and/or made from locally sourced ingredients.
As local food movements are steadily growing across Canada, we in the Fundy region are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh seafood, beef, poultry, dairy, seasonal berries, fruit, vegetables, maple products, wild edibles and other food products. We also have an impressive pool of talented local chefs, butchers and bakers. As a region that benefits greatly from tourism dollars, it is important to promote not only our beautiful scenery and natural wonders, but also our culinary excellence. Tourists are known to follow the local food scenes everywhere.
The cob oven was a collaborative project, led by FFV member and Albert County resident Marion Steeves, between Foods of the Fundy Valley, the Albert County Museum, and the community as a whole. Built from all natural and repurposed materials from the Museum site and the Fundy area, it is truly a local creation that has been the center of attraction at our Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday at the Museum.
On a warm summer day, a fishing boat on the Bay of Fundy is a lovely sight. But the fishermen in Alma don’t just go out on sunny days. I often see boats on the bay on blustery winter days. At night, I see the lights from the boats, sometimes while snow is coming down and the wind is howling.
If you’ve gone to Fundy Park, visited Moncton or driven through Riverview, chances are that you’ve seen the work of Farmer Brown. Many of the flowers you see come from Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse. But now, after fifteen years in business, the Browns are also growing food for local families.
Food, Farming & Fishing
Connecting Albert County celebrates the healthy and delicious food harvested in rural Albert County, including seafood, meat, poultry, wild and cultivated vegetables, fruit and herbs.
We make it easier to find local food by listing the details about farmers’ markets, lobster seasons, and other food-related news. We also profile local fishermen, farmers and cooks in our newsletter so that you can to know the people who grow, catch or prepare your food.
For more information on local food production, see Foods of the Fundy Valley.
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