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New home and new outlook for Kawartha Lakes Food Source

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Jessica Topfer, administration and programs centre manager at Kawartha Lakes Food Source, welcomes visitors at the new location. Photo: Nancy Payne.

“It’s fantastic.”

Heather Kirby, executive director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, is clearly grinning behind her mask when she describes the new home for the organization. What’s her favourite part about the new location?

“All of it.”

The new location at 164 Needham St. in Lindsay is big, bright, and fully accessible. It has a walk-in cool room and a freezer built with grant money from Food Banks Canada, and plenty of room for storage and sorting.

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‘An outdoor grocery store:’ Lindsay Farmers Market re-opens

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It's a new normal but was a successful opening, says organizers. Photo: Jamie Morris.

The tone for customers of the newly-opened Lindsay Farmers Market was set by a hand-lettered scene at the single entry-point, in the library parking lot: “For the time being: Think of the market as an outdoor grocery store not a place to visit your neighbour.”

It had taken the market’s executive a month and a half to put together COVID-19 protocols and secure approvals. The health unit, the provincial farmers’ market association, and the city’s economic development department were all involved.

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Reader not impressed that he can’t bring food to his mother at Ross Memorial Hospital

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During these times of turmoil, most of us are already on edge having little control over the outcome.

More than a week ago, my 76-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital with a broken pelvis. She is now bedridden, lonely and in significant pain.

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First-year university student collects gifts for women staying at Women’s Resources

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“You don’t really guess that a lot of stuff could happen in a small town. People kind of turn a blind eye to it.”

These are the words of Raina McCue, an 18-year-old, first-year student of psychology at Trent University, regarding abuse and trauma suffered by women and their families. The month of December, while most often associated with the joys and giving spirit of the holiday season, is also the marker of a more somber occasion.

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More children than adults at A Place Called Home this Christmas

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APCH Board Chair Karen Round.

The sound of children’s voices during the holidays typically conjures feelings of warmth and sentimentality – unless, of course, those voices are in a homeless shelter.

It’s a jarring mental image but one that A Place Called Home in Lindsay is being forced to contemplate.

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Local farmers struggling from wet spring, overall effects of changing climate

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Local farmers struggling from wet spring, overall effects of changing climate
The Skrabek family. Photo: Sienna Frost.

After examining her soil-stained hands for a moment, Jessica Foote looks out at the fields of her farm, on which several acres of crops have already been lost this year. “We’re at the beck and call of mother nature,” she says, before wiping some of the soil from her hands. Foote, one of many area farmers struggling this year, is the owner of Lunar Rhythm Gardens has been working in agriculture since she was nine-years-old, under the guidance of her father.

Despite the high elevation of her Janetville property, flooding has already destroyed six acres of alfalfa, along with several of Foote’s lettuce crops.

“It’s the extremes that do it,” she says.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source introduces new platform for food rescue in Lindsay

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

A new initiative in Lindsay will address the avoidable crisis of food waste at the local level, with a dual mission of hunger relief and environmental protection.

“The Kawartha Lakes Food Source recognizes that we need to change the way food is valued throughout production, processing, distribution, retail, and at home,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

“Food waste accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the industry’s environmental footprint, and most of it is completely avoidable.”

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Fabulous freshness at truly local Fenelon Falls Farmers’ Market

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Tough to stomach? Cost of healthy eating remains out of reach for many in CKL

Kathy Martin, a board member and vendor at the Fenelon Falls farmers’ market is pretty stoked about the coming year.  This year, in addition to its regular Friday market (11 am to 5 pm), the market is being expanded to Saturdays on a trial basis with the same hours.

Opening weekend is the May long weekend (May 17-18) and the market will now be open both Fridays and Saturdays until the closing Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’m so excited, I wet my plants,” jokes Martin who, like all the other volunteers on the board of directors, is a vendor at the market which is now in its twelfth year.

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Entrepreneur brings homemade Chinese food to Lindsay

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On November 30 (an auspicious date) a small green neon ‘open’ sign flashed on at 235 Kent St. in Lindsay (an auspicious location). It marked the launch of a new restaurant: Ping’s Home Made Chinese Food.

The obvious questions: Who is Ping? And…could it really be homemade?

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New food bank opens in Kinmount

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is opening a new food bank in Kinmount — the home town of local MPP Laurie Scott.

The new food bank is made possible with funding from Food Banks Canada and Enterprise Holding Foundation. It will be located at the Baptist Church (side entrance) at 4937 Monck Rd., and is scheduled to open December 13. It will operate two Thursdays a month. The new food bank will help to serve the northern region of City of Kawartha Lakes. The Kinmount and Area Food Bank aims to serve clients in their own community, increase their access to food and reduce barriers such as lack of transportation or distance to travel.

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