Family Garden

My daughter always tells me that the sun is God.  “The rain is God too,” she’ll say… “and so is the moon.”  It is difficult to disagree with her, no matter what your beliefs are — it is pretty unbelievable, the delicate balance that makes up our universe.  Whatever force that is, is something to behold.  Just the right amount of sunshine and rain has provided us with vegetables all summer.  What was buried under 3 feet of snow just 6 months ago, is now filled with fruit bearing plants as tall as I am.

This is only our second garden, and who knows whether we will get any yield next season, although each day we marvel at what the universe has the ability to create.  It also helps to have family and friends who can provide you with some wisdom as well.  Knowledge far more valuable than what Google can provide.  Real stuff – tried, tested and true… we’ve managed to learn a lot.

More than anything, this garden has been a family exercise, with lessons about cycles, sharing and care built right in  — one tills the soil, the other plants the seeds, the little one brings out the watering can…



…and we all can enjoy eating it together.

Soon, I know that lush fruit-bearing patch will once again be covered with snow.  We’ll just have to be patient… until we do it all again next spring.


What in the heck!? I understand Kingsville got a shipment of these little buggers in…? I was under the impression that they were reserved for well wooded cottages way up in Northern Ontario. Well evidently not. I was in Lakeside Park last week and what I thought was a harmless housefly began to gnaw away at my anklebone. I am not sure how Southern Ontario came to inherit these little pests, although I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are not very excited about it.

If you aren’t sure what I am referring to – well here is a great little number that will illustrate for you where they might of come from, and where they need to stay; a National Film Board short by Chris Hinton:

Gifts of Summer

Wow, summer is something to behold in the deep south of Southern Ontario. To begin with, things grow like the dickens, and this year in particular there’s been an abundance of rain. You’ll sometimes hear folks complaining, (those who had their heart set on working on their bronze tan) but let me tell you, the produce yield we’ve had this year as a result of the extra precipitation has been unreal.

If you venture down the Chrysler Greenway, which runs 42 km from Oldcastle to Leamington, there are many sections lined with lush trees, bushes and flowers; there are even little ravines – rare for the characteristically flat Essex County.  If you look carefully you’ll find a number of wild berry bushes that are chock full with fresh fruits; mostly wild raspberries and mulberries. Bring a basket, or fill your boots – it’s free.  It’s amazing how us Canadians take for granted these kinds of freedoms when right this minute on the other side of the planet there are 10 million people that couldn’t grow one berry if they used all their power and will.  I suppose it is easy to forget when they are on sale at Costco for a 3 bucks a pound.

Happy Chicken Eggs

Just in time for easter.

Farm fresh free range eggs; 3 bucks per dozen, and these chickens get to run around as they please, just like in Mexico.  You’ll really notice the difference when you crack one open – the yolks are orange rather than the pale yellow we have been accustomed to with the mass produced, ‘depressed’ chicken eggs.

Happy chickens make happy eggs.

736 Seacliff Drive, Kingsville.

Wind Power

It is exciting how much wind power southern Essex County is generating. You’ll see a good many of the turbines along hwy 50 on your way to Amherstburg, and even more east on Hwy 3 along the Lake.  It makes me feel better about the energy crisis we are entering into, and beyond that, I think they are awesome looking structures.  So noble, and proud to be collecting so much wind.  Like an enormous pinwheel.

Point Pelee National Park

Remember summer? I know it is easy to forget, living in Canada (even at the southern tip), although it isn’t far away now… I’ll tell you; I was going through some photos of last summer’s trip to Point Pelee National park, and wow was I taken by how lush it is.  It is amazing to think that those trees are near bare just a few months earlier.

Sadly, in Essex County, about three percent of the total land area remains wooded. The largest natural area in the county lies within the boundaries of Point Pelee National Park

The park, which spans 20 square kms, is home to some of the most diverse species of plants and animals, more so than even the biggest of Canada’s national parks.  Namely, more than 370 species of birds have been recorded in Point Pelee and the surrounding area, making this one of the premiere birdwatching locations in North America.  Each spring birdwatchers from all around come to participate in the Festival of Birds.  Ironically, commercial fishing was allowed in the park until 1969 and  Point Pelee was the only Canadian national park to allow hunting until it was abolished in 1989.

Most Americans wouldn’t believe you if you told them Point Pelee’s latitudinal position is the same as the northernmost counties of California.  The climate is mild and reaches average highs of 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) in July.

When you spend the day at the lush, gorgeous park, it makes you appreciate that 3% of preserved land we are clinging onto in Essex County… it kind of makes you wish we preserved more.

Learn more about Point Pelee on the Parks Canada web resource.

Farmer’s Market?

Why not?

This building is on the ferry dock, facing the Lake Erie shore.  A beautiful brick heritage building that is currently abandoned.  What better place for fresh fish and homegrown bounty?  Mayor Santos?

We could take a small page out of Vancouver’s or Toronto’s book.

If someone knows who owns this building, please email us @

Jacob Gartner

Age: 17

Passion: Vintage machine and camera collector.  He is a wizard at anything that involves technology.

Food: Baked Goods

Music: It was Arcade Fire the last time I saw him.

First Impression: Good Dude.

How he might describe himself: Wierd, Random and Fun, a party animal, and knows how to host a party to remember a life time!!! (I got this from his facebook page)

Where might you find him: Down at the gallery, or at his Mom’s Bakery.