Canada Day festivities in Canning

So much fun and activity this year at Canning’s Farmhouse Inn B&B‘s Annual Canada Day celebration,  Crystany’s Brasserie, and ice cream emporium, i scream Ice Cream Shop!

This year was even more special in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Gracious hosts Lynn and Rod Eisener provided the delicious food and beverages (and cake!), musical entertainment, face-painting for kids (of all ages), and some fabulous door prizes. In spite of the rainy start to the event, with people huddling under the rain canopies that were thoughtfully provided, the many attendees enjoyed the warmth, energy, and spirits of the gathering at this beautiful inn located at 9757 Main Street in the heart of Canning Village. The Village’s town crier, Gary Long, gave a stirring speech commemorating Canada’s birthday, and presided over the festivities, announcing prize winners.

Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Town crier Gary Long at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

The newest business in town, i scream Ice Cream Shop, at its charming, renovated 9838 Main Street location, celebrated the day with its deliciously refreshing and colourful “Parliament Chill” special treat, available only on Canada Day. The rich vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry special made for a very Canadian colour scheme and a yummy combination.

June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

Crystany’s Brasserie (the first certified gluten-free restaurant in Annapolis Valley), featured a fabulous,  festive menu and a special evening performance by renowned harpist and recording artist, Johanne McInnis. With its beautiful, cosy interior and fabulous second-storey patio terrace offering a scenic view of the Habitant River and lush countryside, Crystany’s attracted many delighted diners to its 9848 Main Street address.

Johanne McInnis, harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany's Brasserie, during Canning's celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration
Johanne McInnis, Canadian harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany’s Brasserie, during Canning’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.

Every year, the Village of Canning’s celebrations just keep getting better and better. Hope to see you at the Annual Picnic in the Park, our next big, public celebration event on Sunday, August 27, from 1 – 4 PM at Bruce Spicer Park — have a wonderful, safe, and fun summer!

Launch of WFM2Go

Wolfville Farmers Market

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is thrilled to share news that it is launching WFM2Go, an on-line store and weekly community delivery service designed to offer convenient access to fresh and local products while also building a robust local economy and healthy connected communities.

As the WFM inaugurates this service, it will start with fourteen WFM vendors offering approximately 150 products and in partnership with three Community Hubs in Canning, Berwick and Wolfville.  Customers can choose precisely the products they would like to order with this weekly service.

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market will offer this service year-round and is particularly excited to work with the early adopters (vendors, community hubs and customers) throughout each season. This new food distribution system has the potential to vastly increase the sustainability of its smaller producers while offering convenience, accessibility and connection for customers who will pay the same prices as those at the brick and mortar Wolfville Farmers’ Market.

“We are excited about this project because it improves accessibility to local food for more Nova Scotians and because it creates increased opportunities for small farms and businesses to sell their products and grow as local entrepreneurs – something that we feel is an important step for building a more resilient, local economy,”  said Jocelyn Durston of Seven Acres Farm.

The website is now ready for customers to sign up for an account, and starting on Wednesday, June 28th at 7 pm, customers can place orders for the first delivery date of Wednesday, July 5th.

When customers shop online they can search by product type or producer, and choose the community location where they would like to pick up their products.  The weekly ordering cut off on Monday at 5 pm allows enough time for producers to harvest and assemble products according to orders and bring them to the Market on Wednesday afternoons where WFM2Go will aggregate and then deliver to Community Hubs in Canning and Berwick for Wednesday evening.  There will also be an option to pick up at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market itself during the Wednesday Market Suppers.  

The Community Hubs are made up of people and organizations interested in increasing access to fresh local food in their community.  Each Hub, while offering a pick-up hour for the WFM2Go orders, will have unique programming depending on the needs and assets of their community.  Hub programs or events can include a speakers series, opportunities for other local vendors, recipe swaps or sampling demos and Meet the Farmer Days.  Depending on the partners involved in each Hub, there will be opportunities for community members to donate gift certificates so that others in their community may be given the opportunity to participate as well, to further increase access to fresh and local products.

“I am excited about the opportunity to bring people and communities together and to break another barrier to accessing local agriculture for community members,” said Jennie Weisner Director of Canning Recreation and the Hub Host for the Canning Community Hub.

Those who wish to become early adopters of this service can read more and sign-up now at: https://wfm2go.localfoodmarketplace.com.  We have also started a WFM2Go

Facebook Page and Instagram Account for those who want to be part of the WFM2Go Community.

“This project has been a long time coming,” said Wolfville Farmers’ Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe.  “We haven’t been able to find any other examples of a Farmers’ Market launching its own online store and delivery service for their community members, but there are many food hubs, community shared agriculture programs and web developers working to help increase access to local food and we are grateful to all those who have blazed this trail and helped us along the way.  Mostly, however, I am grateful for our vendors who impress me every week with their amazing products and generosity of spirit.  In every way this project has been designed with their sincere wish to nourish and better the health of our communities.  It’s the kind of success I feel so privileged to be part of and I am very excited by the possibilities,”

Wolfville Farmers Market logo 

 

Media Contacts

WFM2Go Contact
Kelly Marie Redcliffe
manager@wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca
902.690.7951

 

Canning Hub Contact
Jennie Weisner
902.582.2033
director@canningrecreation.com

Berwick Hub Contact
Kelsey Best
bestkelsey902@gmail.com
902-670-7448

 

Summertime and Lyme Disease

 

It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors, but we need to be aware and careful in areas where there may be black-legged ticks (also called deer ticks). These are very small ticks – sometimes as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  These ticks can carry the germ that causes a bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Deer ticks are found across Nova Scotia, so it’s important to be vigilant and take simple preventative measures.

Follow these steps to help protect against ticks, especially in grassy, wooded or shrub covered areas:

  • Apply insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin to exposed skin and clothes. Follow directions on the package carefully.
  • Wear light colored long sleeved shirts and pants, closed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks.
  • Keep lawns mowed short.
  • Put playground equipment in sunny, dry places away from wooded areas, yard edges, and trees.
  • Check your whole body for ticks and, when possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks and washes away loose ones.

 

If you find ticks, here’s how to remove them safely:

  • Carefully grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible.
  • Gently and slowly pull the tick straight out. Do not jerk, twist or squeeze it.
  • Clean and disinfect the site with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Dispose of the tick in a sealed plastic bag and put in the garbage.
  • Do not burn, squeeze or coax a tick’s mouth parts from your skin using other methods.

 

The first symptom of Lyme disease is usually a rash that may look like a bull’s eye target near the tick bite. The rash can appear anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite. Symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, stiff neck, pain and swelling in the joints and general body aches and pains may develop. Symptoms may appear over a period of months. If symptoms appear, it is very important to contact a health care provider. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.

To access a great educational video for kids about how to protect against tick bites, and to learn more about Lyme disease and black-legged ticks, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/hpp/cdpc/lyme.asp  – or call your local Public Health office at 902.543.0850.

For more information, download our Tick Talk Fact Sheet.

New Welcome Signs for Canning

CABDA Canning Welcome Sign
Back row (left to right): Tim Maxner, CABDA Co-Chair; Gary Long, CABDA Secretary; Crystal Maxner, CABDA Treasurer; Everett MacPherson, Village Commission Chair;
Front Row (Left to right): June Granger, CABDA Chair; Wanda Sheffield, Village Commissioner; Michael Gabriel, CABDA Branding Committee Chair.
Photo by Deborah Nicholson, with thanks.

“Always a Warm Welcome” and some colourful graphics greet visitors and residents when they arrive at Canning Village. The new signs, located at the four entrances to the village (via Highway 358 and Highway 221 from both directions) are the result of some very dedicated efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association (CABDA), in a spirited partnership with The Village of Canning. Professional installation was performed by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to insure sturdy, optimal placement of the four signs.

The work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia and some tireless work by CABDA’s Branding Committee (Sandra Gunther, Kim MacQuarrie, June Granger, and chair, Michael Gabriel).

Since its inception in 2012, CABDA has achieved some visible results in helping to revitalise Canning, which include a bright new logo and tagline, the planting and maintenance of pretty floral planters, the design and printing of roadside banners, collectible postcards, and historical posters, the construction of hand-made wooden outdoor benches, and installation of bicycle racks throughout the village. These efforts represent a sense of renewed energy that’s capturing people’s attention and imagination, with creative new businesses opening and thriving, new home construction and renovations, and a contagious sense of pride in the community.

CABDA welcomes new members who have vision, and a desire to make a difference. If you’re a business person and want to become involved with developing the face and character of this region, you’re welcome to attend CABDA’s quarterly meetings and join for a modest $30 per year. For more information visit our Facebook page.