Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Farmers Market Port Credit Opens Bollywood-Style Saturday June 4

The Port Credit Farmers Market kicks off the 2011 season with a Bollywood-style bang this Saturday, June 4, as the market opening date coincides with the City of Mississauga Bollywood in the City events for the International Indian Film Festival. There'll be music, dancing and good times, and great market stalls, rain or shine!

Here are some pictures from Farmers Market 2010. See map and links at the bottom of this page.

Port Credit BIA  Booth at Farmers Market
 Port Credit BIA is at the market bright and early to sell their gear and field questions from visitors. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, and enjoy the entertainment.

Booths at Port Credit Farmers Market
Summer squash, zucchini and local cheeses at the market. Specific vendors may vary from week to week, but most produce stalls are there each week. As well as fruits and vegetables, you might find a stall selling teas or locally grown exotic mushrooms. Look for nursery plants and trees, and the fabulous breads from Port Credit's La Villa Bakery.

Artisan Studio Tour Port Credit
 The Artisan Studio Tour promotion group was one of several community groups who set up shop last year at the Farmers Market. (Details of  2010 Artisan Studio tour.) See the BIA farm market site for vendor applications.

Paella Demonstration at the Market Port Credit
 Last year, occasional cooking demonstrations were a new feature at the Market, like this paella  demonstration by Joe Ambrus. With the market open rain or shine, on chillier days a hot grill is even more inviting! Look for more cooking demos and BBQs in 2011.

Honey of a Deal from The Country Bee
 The Country Bee honey products were a regular feature at the market last year, but try as I might, I cannot find a contact for them. The honeys were sourced from a variety of flowers and offered for sale at a good price.

Red and Yellow Onions ~ Fall Veggies at Farmers Market
 The offerings at the market vary according to what's in season but one thing is certain: the colors are gorgeous! Everything looks so good it's really challenging NOT to over-buy, unless you plan to make large batches of tomato-based sauces. And keep in mind that peppers and blueberries are very easy to freeze to enjoy all winter long.

Bright Orange Squash Light Up the Port Credit Market
 Late summer brings the large squash out to the market; Earlier in the season, look for the faster-ripening summer squashes. Last year, leeks were a great buy, and so temptingly fresh you just had to get some for a feast of Potato and Leek soup.

Beefsteak Tomatoes in Season
 Beefsteak tomatoes bring their gorgeous red color to the market. These field ripened beauties tasted the way fresh tomatoes are supposed to! Slice tomatoes, drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with fresh basil, add mozzarella cheese cubes or slices, and Voila! Appetizer and salad course all in one. Add some crusty bread and good salami, and call it dinner!

Bollywood in the Village to Kick off Farmers Market 2011
Look for the Bollywood fun this Saturday, and get your passport for all the events this month. More at City of Mississauga Bollywood in the City and International Indian Film Festival (info).

Port Credit Farmers Market
  • When is it? Every Saturday from June 4  to October 15, from 7 a.m. to  1 p.m.)
  • Where is it? Elmwood and Lakeshore Road East, east of Hurontario Street (LCBO lot). See the Port Credit BIA site for more info or to inquire about vendors.

The early bird gets the best selection, but there's lots for latecomers (around noon), too. Bring the family, bring your friends, and make a morning of it!

View Farmers Market Port Credit Ontario in a larger map

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Memorial Cup Hockey Trophy Port Credit Mississauga Ontario

Mayor McCallion brings the Memorial Cup to Port Credit Mississauga to mark the first time these national hockey championship games will be played in the Toronto area. That the  finals are in Mississauga are a bonus and reflect the avid fan base for the Mississauga St Michael's Majors hockey team.

Peel Police Boat on Credit River Port Credit Mississauga
 Thick fog gave cover to the Peel Police boat escorting the Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, and the Memorial Cup, as it arrived in Mississauga just before noon today. The boat came along the Lake Ontario shore from the Marine Unit at Lakefront Promenade Park, a 10 minute ride to Port Credit Harbour Marina, on the east side of the Credit River across from the lighthouse.
Peel Police Boat Near Port Credit Lighthouse
 Entering the mouth of the Credit River, the police boat made its way upriver towards the landmark lighthouse and veered to the right past Snug Harbour restaurant to head into the docks at the marina.

Piper, Students Greet Memorial Cup Port Credit Marina Docks
 On the  docks, a piper and a group of cheering students greeted the mayor, shown in the middle left of the photo, stepping off the Peel Police boat.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion with Memorial Cup Port Credit
 On the docks at Port Credit Harbour Marina in Mississauga, hockey and other dignitaries carry the Memorial Cup from the boat to shore, where it will continue its journey north to the Hershey Centre for the 93 national championship May 20-29.

Memorial Cup : Welcome to Mississauga !
 Police cars and firetrucks with lights flashing and a large bus painted with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors colors lined Stavebank Road South. The Memorial Cup had originally been scheduled to arrive at 11 a.m. but was about 15 minutes behind schedule.

Mississauga Majors Fan, Mayor McCallion with Memorial Cup
Outside the Port Credit Harbour Marina offices, a happy group made up of media and Majors fans, and assorted passersby greeted the Mayor who spoke for a few minutes then headed onto the waiting bus to continue on to the Hershey Centre.

Memorial Cup Close Up : Championship Hockey Trophy Port Credit
This is as close as I am ever likely to get to having my name on a major hockey trophy.

The opening game is tomorrow night (May 20) when Majors play the opening game against the Saint John Sea Dogs, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions.

I  love Saint John, but Go Majors!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Next Eco-Warriors Book Launch, Toronto Ontario

Environmental activism book launch at Revival, Toronto Ontario

In The Next Eco-Warriors, Emily Hunter, a young Canadian freelance eco-journalist and environmental activist, edits the stories (including her own) of 22 young men and women and their efforts to save the planet. These young people are just a few of the current generation of eco-warriors; passionate, committed, articulate, inspiring. Six of them were featured speakers at the book launch party at Revival in Toronto on May 6.

Revival on College, Toronto Ontario
The Next Eco-Warriors made its formal debut at a book launch the evening of May 6, 2011, at Revival on College, in Toronto, Ontario, with about a hundred guests turning out to listen to six of the contributing activists talk about what led them to do what they do.

The Next Eco-Warriors Book display at Launch Party, Revival
Music by Late July kicked off the launch pre-speakers, while guests snacked on vegetarian and vegan fare and mingled with the eco-warriors.

Derek Forgie, Stand-up, MTV Canada
Derek Forgie set the emcee' bar high with a great rant on bottled water and why to not / stop using it. Of course, he's right, and, feeling guilty, I kept my newly-purchased bottle of water in my bag. I still have it and intend to re-use it several times. See his site at http://www.derekforgie.com/

Emily Hunter speaks at book launch Toronto
Emily Hunter first crossed my radar when I saw her MTV video report on the G20 in Toronto last June, and I've been a fan ever since. Finally, someone who knows the issues, is on the street AND can accurately report what's going on.

Emily Hunter at Revival Toronto
Emily Hunter is the daughter of Bobbi and Robert Hunter, a co-founder of Greenpeace who coined the word 'eco-warrior' and was a driving force behind environmental activism. That she has big boots to fill goes without saying; that she is well and truly filling them is obvious to all whose paths she crosses.

Ben Powless ~ one of 'The Next Eco-Warriors'
Ben Powless, another young Canadian, is a Mohawk activist who works with Defenders of the Land. Ben spoke about his experiences in Peru; in the book, look for A Peruvian Massacre.

Rob Stewart Sharkwater at Next Eco-Warriors book launch
Rob Stewart spoke about the filming of Sharkwater, his documentary film that has been and continues to be instrumental in changing perceptions about sharks, and changing laws about shark fishing and shark finning around the world. So far, Sharkwater has won 35 awards. If you haven't seen it, do so as soon as possible. Look for Stewart's next film, Rise Again, to premiere this September.

The Next Eco-Warriors books, T-shirts and more at book launch
At the book launch, David Nickarz, an activist with Sea Shepherd, spoke about his battle with cancer and the pesticide issues that may have been a contributing cause. His story appears in the book as Toxic City: A Cancer Survivor's Struggle.

Jo-Anne McArthur spoke about her work as an animal rights photographer; see Through the Lens of Compassion: Capturing an End to Bullfighting.

Joshua Kahn Russell spoke about his work with the Ruckus Society as a non-violent direct action trainer.  See We Shut Them Down: Ending Coal at the Capitol Power Plant.

Get more info and see pictures of all 22 Eco-Warriors at http://www.nextecowarriors.com/eco-warriors/

Get the book ~ Get the movie ~ Get the poster ~ Get involved!

The Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving the Planet * SharkwaterSharkwater (Swimmer with Sharks) Movie Poster Print - 24x36