Harrowsmith Winter 2021

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.

Moongate Publishing Inc.
4 Issues

in this issue

4 min
our contributors

Gastronaut, author, artist and eight-time Guinness World Record holder BOB BLUMER is best known as the creator and host of Food Network’s award-winning shows Surreal Gourmet, Glutton for Punishment and World’s Weirdest Restaurants. He has also written seven cookbooks in which he transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations that have become his culinary trademark. His other car is a Toastermobile. MARK AND BEN CULLEN Mark is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and tree advocate and holds the Order of Canada. His son, Ben, is a fourth-generation urban gardener and a graduate of the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Follow them at markcullen.com, @MarkCullen4 (Twitter) and @markcullengardening (Facebook) and look for their latest book, Escape to Reality. ILONA DANIEL is all about the…

2 min
changing the world

This issue marks a new beginning for Harrowsmith in many ways. We welcome our new editor-in-chief, Jennifer Reynolds, who you might know from Canadian Living and Gardening Life. Jennifer is excited to expand the brand and build partnerships to amplify our reach, so we can bring our passion for the land and sustainable living to more Canadians all over the country. We also welcome our new food editor, Prince Edward Island Chef ILona Daniel (page 58), who brings her culinary savvy to our recipes and food discoveries, which we’ll be sharing with you in the months and issues to come. Our country, and indeed the world, is on the precipice of great change, and we’ve never needed great leaders more than we do now. And so it’s our promise to you, our…

1 min
west coast dreamin’

The last time I was in B.C., I was holding a 9-month-old baby — the first of four, it would turn out to be. I met up with my best friend, and together with my son, we explored the Sunshine Coast, ate like queens, and enjoyed luxurious B&Bs with fun and charming hosts. I still can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime, I’ve been getting my West Coast fix editing this issue, from new food editor ILona Daniel’s West Coast–inspired recipes (page 58) to the brands and businesses doing cool things in that part of the country that we profiled in this issue’s Things We Love (page 78). But probably the highlight for me this issue has been interviewing Dragons’ Den star Arlene Dickinson, who hails from Calgary and is…

2 min

SUPER SUNRISES Editor’s note: In our Summer 2021 issue, we asked you to send in your favourite sunrise photos. Here’s what you shared. The January sun breaks over rural solitude in Grey County, Ontario, 2021. Marilyn Holley, Hanover, Ontario Sunrise in Kawartha Lakes, on Lake Chemong, Ontario, on April 30, 2017. The pink morning light woke me up, so I grabbed my phone and went outside on the deck to capture the beauty. Tracey Hehn-Zwicker, Selwyn, Ontario An early autumn sunrise off of Sooke, British Columbia. It was taken in October 2020 while we were “social distancing” by going fishing! Tracy Ferreira, Victoria, British Columbia Our winner, Tracey Hehn-Zwicker, received a copy of Growing Under Cover and Seaweed, An Enchanting Miscellany. A LOVELY SURPRISE! Just picked up Harrowsmith’s Almanac. I have never seen this magazine before. Where have I been?…

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arlene dickinson

She’s known for her role on Dragons’ Den and has become a Canadian, if not international, icon, so I can be forgiven if I’m a little nervous about interviewing Arlene Dickinson — the Jann Arden bestie, self-made multimillionaire and mother of four who managed to build an empire out of nothing but savvy and hard work. And yet, ask Dickinson what she loves most about growing up in Canada and she pulls out such humble, sentimental gems as Highway 2 in Alberta. “One of the things that I’ve always loved is driving the number 2 highway in Alberta and seeing all the yellow canola fields and the hay bales that are everywhere,” she says. “Just that trip on the number 2 highway and stopping at farmers markets’ stalls has always been something…

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coffee with arlene

Where’s the best place to sit down and have a coffee in your town? I really like the Sunterra Market coffee shop. When you go to the local farmers market, which vendor do you visit first? Generally the bread vendor. When company arrives from out of town, where do you take them? Oh, to Banff. Does your town have a mascot or any unusual roadside attractions or monuments? Well, there’s Harvey the Hound, from the Calgary Flames. What’s the strangest annual event or festival or little-known fact about your town? There’s a wonderful thing called the Lilac Festival. It’s every spring, down on Fourth Street, which is really lovely. What kind of bragging rights does your town have? The 1988 Olympics were held in Calgary. The Calgary Stampede. The mountains that are so close. It’s Friday night and you’re not in the…