The 2017 J.K. Farm

Summer Dinner Series

The 2017 J.K. Farm

Summer Dinner Series

Let's Go to the Water

It is Sunday morning and it is the sound of the creek that brings me around. I remember that last year at this time the creek was dry. No sound. I like to hear the creek. It calms me. I muse about how there used to be a millpond just outside my window. The water held back to form the pond by an earth dam laboriously constructed by hand, one shovelful at a time. Little remains of the dam, built over a hundred years ago or the millrace that controlled the surge of water required to power the turbine inside the mill just downstream from here.

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Let's Go to the Water

It is Sunday morning and it is the sound of the creek that brings me around. I remember that last...

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The Shimmering Heat of Summer

The shimmering heat of summer in Southern Ontario is back. The vines feel it. They love it, but they could do without the humidity that comes with it. Humans and vines are alike in this way. Along with the shimmering heat comes the hypnotic drone of the cicadas. Listen for a few moments and you will also hear the bluesy drawl of the mourning dove. You are outdoors with your hands submerged in cool water moving the just harvested leaves of lettuce around allowing the grit to fall to the bottom of the sink, when you hear the dove. You skim the fresh leaves out of the sink and into the spinner to pull the moisture away and now the salad is ready to dress and serve with the cheeses.

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The Shimmering Heat of Summer

The shimmering heat of summer in Southern Ontario is back. The vines feel it. They love it, but t...

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The Evolution of the Garden

The weeds are out of control. I remember years ago, when I first planted my vineyard how fascinated I was by the diversity and vigour of all the plant life competing with my fledgling grapevines. I naively thought that the vines would grow in and soon begin producing grapes. Au contraire. When one looked at the vineyard fro a distance, one could not distinguish the vines from the weeds. It looked like a wild meadow. The weeds in fact dominated the vineyard.

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The Evolution of the Garden

The weeds are out of control. I remember years ago, when I first planted my vineyard how fascinat...

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Fireside Ruminations

t is approaching midnight. The laughter and conversation drifts away on the wind with the last guests as they make their way home under a starry mantle of twinkling light. A dim illumination punctuated by the fireflies’ random bursts of light. I sit by the bonfire with my friends and wine collaborators for this evening Mary and Colin Stanners. Their vineyard and winery is a short walk up Station Road from here.

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Fireside Ruminations

t is approaching midnight. The laughter and conversation drifts away on the wind with the last gu...

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Ingredients of the Moment, Foraged and Cultivated

My dog Champ has adapted well to dividing his time between the farm and the city. While in the city he looks forward to his daily walks along the West Toronto Rail Path. This morning, we walked north past the Union-Pearson Express station at Bloor, to Dupont and then back. Champ loves to pause frequently along the way. A fresh blossom caught my eye as I waited for Champ to thoroughly inspect yet another interesting scent in the underbrush. It was the first catalpa flower of the year.

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Ingredients of the Moment, Foraged and Cultivated

My dog Champ has adapted well to dividing his time between the farm and the city. While in the ci...

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Sunday July 23rd, 2-6pm

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Sunday July 23rd, 2-6pm

J.K. FARM BEER GARDEN

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