Cape Breton Farmers’ Market

The Cape Breton Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit co-operative that has been in operation for almost thirty years, evolving from an outdoor seasonal market to a year-round indoor market that attracts over a thousand visitors weekly from all over the island.

The Market is the largest market of its kind servicing producers and customers in Cape Breton, and is home to approximately 30 vendors, including farmers, bakers, jewelers, crafters, and much more.

It aims to promote, support, and enhance the development of the local food/artisan industry, while promoting sustainability, healthy eating, and community.

And its former manager is the prettiest girl of all time.

CB Local Diet

Baddeck resident Alicia Lake has embarked on a month-long challenge to eat local. From September 1st to the 30th, Alicia’s diet will consist entirely of food grown or produced in Cape Breton (or manufactured using only local ingredients).

This means no oil for cooking, no chocolate, no salt, no grains, and hardest of all, no coffee! But it also means potatoes, onions and herbs from North River Organics in North Shore, garlic from Blue Marsh Farm in Nevada Valley, corn from Hanks Farm in Millville, lamb from GlenRyan Farms in Margaree, Honey Wine from Winter Winery in Scotch Lake…. and that was only day one.

Passionate about local food and how it pertains to community economic development in the region, Alicia has a firm belief that the choices we make when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families have wider social, environmental and economic implications.

“I believe that sustainable agriculture can be a foundational element for Community Economic Development, by providing health, food security, local jobs, social capital and sense of place for citizens. Purchasing local food is also a way of supporting the local economy that is available to all citizens and not only to those who can afford to invest,” she writes on her blog.

“However, since the disappearance of many producers it is no longer a simple task to purchase food that is produced only in Cape Breton. The purpose of this adventure is to demonstrate how many wonderful foods are produced here, and also to learn about the holes in our island food security.”

I set her up a with a blog, which she uses to post her daily menus, along with stories, photos, and occasional observations and discoveries along the way in her Cape Breton Local Food Adventure: cblocaldiet.ca

Alicia grew up in Iona and now lives in Baddeck with her husband and two children. She is founder and president of the Baddeck and Area Community Market, and is a Community Development Officer in the Political Science Department at CBU. She holds Bachelor degrees in both Community Studies and Political Science from Cape Breton University, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Community Economic Development at CBU.

Right Some Good

Right Some Good? Think Celtic Colours but for foodies. This “10-day foodie adventure” brings ten world-class chefs to Cape Breton, teams each of them up with a local chef and an aspiring student chef, and asks them to create a unique twist on traditional Cape Breton cuisine, with an emphasis on seasonal and sustainable ingredients.

Tickets for the event go on sale June 20, and each event takes place at a different location on the island — from Fortress Louisbourg to the Glennora Distillery, from the Gaelic College to the Miners’ Museum.

The website I made features some pretty stunning photography: scenery shots, culture shots, and of course food shots, of both traditional and “high-tech” fare. I don’t even know what that yellow thing is in the screenshot.

Governors Pub & Eatery

Governors’ new website includes updates to the design (with a little help from Josh at Mod Creative) and the functionality. The changes — it looks better and it’s easier to get around — basically mirror the recent renovations to the pub itself.

In addition to the restaurant, the traditional-style pub has live music throughout the week, including an Irish session every Wednesday and an “Afternoon Ceilidh” on Saturdays. A patio with a harbour-view, Guinness on tap, it’s no wonder Governors has become the destination of choice for IDEAS: Powered By Passion attendees to continue the conversation.