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Harrowsmith Fall 2018

Harrowsmith is still the reliable go-to for gardeners, weekend carpenters, homesteaders, hobby farmers and urban dwellers with romantic fantasies of country life. Harrowsmith publishes four issues a year in conjunction with the seasons.

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4 Issues

in this issue

8 min.

CATHERINE AGAR grew up on a dairy farm and is passionate about agriculture and food. She has a degree in agriculture economics from the University of Guelph and is currently taking professional writing classes at Western University in London, Ontario. After almost 19 years of doing double time, with an off-farm job as an agriculture lender and raising her family on a dairy farm, she recently hung up her banker’s hat for good. She is enjoying days on the farm with her four young children and tall Dutch husband, along with her Holstein cows and brown chickens. Her recipe for Nutty Berry French Toast was published in the 2014 Milk Calendar and can be found at dairygoodness.ca. MARK AND BEN CULLEN Mark is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and tree advocate…

1 min.
returning to my roots

The theme of Harrowsmith’s 2019 Almanac is “connecting to your roots,” which deeply resonates with me. I’ve come full circle, and it happened without my being fully conscious of it. I grew up in Vermont and often spent summers at my grandparents’ 100-acre farm in western Michigan, where they grew everything they needed. Then the big city beckoned me for school and work, and I settled into a lovely life in Canada. I got married and raised four wonderful daughters and a stepdaughter, but I always yearned to be back in the country. Life changed, though, as it does. My marriage ended. After spotting a “for sale” sign at the side of a road, I bought a farm and relocated my family. It felt like coming home. Together with my daughters, I…

2 min.
job perks of being an editor-in-chief

You know what the best part is about being the editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith? In one afternoon, I can talk to a brewmaster about milk stouts, an elk farmer about how antler velvet is used in supplements, and a horticulturalist on Salt Spring Island about mastering the growing of mangoes and avocados in Canada. And jujubes! Confession: I had to Google this, and they are a type of date from the buckthorn family, not just a neon-coloured sugar high! My “job” requires reading books about homesteading in Alaska and knitting chicken sweaters. I flip through dreamy Nordic cookbooks and live vicariously through oyster-catching skipjacks and rock-star chefs like Lynn Crawford (page 27). Plus, on top of the chicken sweater how-tos and fantasies about Crawford’s juniper-roasted venison loin, I get to collaborate with a…

1 min.
getting back to our roots

After this year’s never-ending winter, summer seems so precious and fleeting. But fall announces itself in such a comforting colour show that it’s difficult not to be seduced by its beauty and bounty. It’s time to get back to our roots, and I already find my menu shifting from the wild greens and the bright berries of summer to the satisfying warmth of soups and roasted vegetables. While gardening editors Mark and Ben Cullen get to the root of the matter with a helpful guide to growing root vegetables (page 48) and cabbages (page 55), our food editors take those roots and turn them into a gorgeous soup, slaw, pickled treat and sweet potato cake (page 71). Plus, cookbook author Signe Langford introduces us to the unexpected wonder of sunchokes…

4 min.

SOMETHING’S BREWING IN GUELPH I am writing as a curatorial volunteer at the Guelph Civic Museum. From September 2018 to February 2019, the museum will be hosting an exhibit that currently has the working title Brewing Changes Guelph. As part of this project, we are trying to locate the May/ June 1978 issue of Harrowsmith, which features a well-known Frank Appleton article related to craft brewing. I am wondering whether you are aware of any resource that can assist us in our search for this article or, even better, a copy of the magazine. It will be of great benefit in our efforts to launch a successful brewing exhibit. Best regards, Miriam Vince, Guelph, Ontario Editor’s note: Thank you to Amanda Robinson-Lingenfelter of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, who swiftly responded to Miriam’s request on…

3 min.
things we

Triarchy Denim Canadian siblings Adam, Ania and Mark Taubenfligel are making the feel of jeans even more comfortable—not just physically, but environmentally, too. They relaunched their successful jeans lineup, shifting from cotton (which uses a shocking 6,814 litres/7,200 quarts of water to make a single pair of jeans, not including the water used in manufacturing) to Tencel, a processed wood fibre from the eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus trees require 85 percent less water than mass-produced cotton, creating the ultimate sustainable, feel-good jeans, right down to the nickel-free recycled-sheet-metal hardware and recycled-leather labels! triarchy.com Ghost Lake Studios Chef Aprons At Ghost Lake Studios in northern Bruce Peninsula, artist Laura Banks has included chef aprons as her latest “canvas” in addition to an extensive fine art canvas portfolio. Available in white only, the machine-washable, Canadian-made aprons are…