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Debbie Lingen

Verona News

by Debbie Lingen

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Published August 19, 2010

Take a deep whiff. That wonderful pungent smell in the air is garlic. September is only two weeks away and Verona's last great festival for the year will soon be here. The Fourth Annual Lions Garlic Festival will be held September 4th. Sponsors for this event are The National Farmers' Union, Local Family Farms and the Frontenac Farmers' Market. Not only will garlic be sold but also it will be judged. The Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards will take place at the festival. This year's judge is Sydenham's gardening guru, Wilma Kenny. Local producers should bring in their garlic entries to the Verona Lions Centre by 9.00 a.m. on the Festival Day, Saturday September 4. If you've had a great harvest and want to rent a space at the Festival to sell your product, call John McDougall 613-374-2516 or

Don't miss "Corn Fest and Tomato Madness" at the Farmer's Market this Saturday August 21st. Two great vegetables will be celebrated. Start your day tasting the yummy corn from the corn boil and continue on to the tomatoes "displayed with class." A table will be elegantly set with all imaginable varieties of tomatoes for us to sample. With any purchase from the market vendors you will be entered into a draw to win a Harvest basket full of Market products. Lions Club, Verona Sand Road, 9 am to 1 p.m.

Seems there's always something new at the Farmers' Market these days. I met Suzanne and George Hussey, of Mapleridge Farm and sampled their heirloom tomatoes. Delicious! Suzanne and George are newcomers to the market. They grow heirloom vegetables. They explained that growing heirlooms is their effort to maintain the genetic diversity of our food crops. Their product is grown for taste, not for its ability to withstand shipping and chemicals. They grow their produce from seed without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Drop by, say hello and learn about heirloom vegetables.

Don't forget to take the kiddies to see " The Movie That Can't Be Named" in Centennial Park in Harrowsmith Thursday August 26, 8 p.m. We aren't allowed to post the name of the movie here as it is a new feature film - not yet released to DVD. To relieve your suspense, log onto the township web site where the name of the film is posted. A voluntary toll will be taken and all proceeds go towards the new playground equipment at McMullen Park and Beach. Kudos to the Portland District Recreation Committee for coming up with this fun and imaginative fundraiser.

Rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd enjoying Bauder Road perform at McMullen Park and Beach on Sunday August 15th. Bauder Road brought this year's series of free summer concerts, sponsored by the Verona Community Association, to a successful conclusion. The VCA would like to thank the Portland District Recreational Committee for their permission to use the park and especially JoAnne Abrams who volunteered at each concert and opened and prepared the park and stage.

Debbie Lingen

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