Odd and Not So Odd Facts and Archived News

Odd Facts and Archived News

  1. Local Honey and Allergies-Does it Work?
  2. Are Farmer’s Market’s Bad Seeds?
  3. How to Make a Farmer’s Market Apron
  4. Have You Ever Seen a Woman with a Cigarette Asking if the Produce is Organic?
  5. Did you Know about the Egg Prohibition?- The Egg Police
  6. Do You Know Where the Carleton Place Fork Came From?
  7. Visit the Drama Free Zone Wall at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market
  8. Why You Need to Support Local Farmers
  9. She’s My Apple Pie! Bake Off 2013

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1. Local Honey and Allergies-Does it Work?

As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, I have encountered my fair share of allergy issues in my clients over the years.   I grew up on a honey farm and as a result had access to large amounts of local honey from my parent’s bees.  In our tiny honey shop where we sold our honey, I often witnessed  my mother suggest to our customers the merits of using local honey for allergies.  I also observed many instances of happy customers stopping in to tell her of their success with this safe, natural and delicious protocol.

The topic of using local honey for allergies now comes up often.  Truth be told, the number of allergy cases I am coming across is increasing dramatically.   Why this is is hard to say exactly but it likely has to do with massive toxic load now placed on each and every one of us which in turn causes immune dysfunction and the resulting allergy symptoms.

Raw, local honey contains bits and pieces of bee pollen, propolis and even beeswax.   What does this have to do with solving your allergy problem?  Quite a bit actually.   The reason you have an allergy to a particular plant, tree or grass is because you’ve been overexposed to it at some point in your life.   Almost all of us have some level of immune dysfunction happening in our bodies meaning our immune system either under or over-reacts to invaders, harmless or not.  Your overexposure to this pollen developed into an allergy (over-reaction) and now your immune system regards this pollen as an invader, even though it might be harmless Golden Rod or Aster.   Whenever your immune system senses it in your body, you get allergy symptoms.

So what does this have to do with using raw, local honey for allergies? Lets say for example that you have an allergy to Golden Rod as it is present in your local area and you were overexposed to it at some point in your life.  Honeybees happen to pollinate Golden Rod and as a result, very small amounts of Golden Rod pollen will be present in the honey produced by these bees.   When you consume this local honey, you will be ingesting very small amounts of the allergen – Golden Rod.

It would be fair to expect that consuming more of a substance that you are allergic to would only cause more allergy symptoms.   But this is not the case when using honey for allergies.  As recent scientific studies have shown, honey has very strong immune modulating (balancing) properties.  One study in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that patients reported 60% less allergy symptoms and 70% fewer days with severe symptoms while consuming a local honey over a five month period.   It seems that by exposing yourself to tiny amounts of the pollen that you are allergic too through honey, your immune system becomes less sensitive to the allergen.   I liken it to undergoing a full course of allergy immunology injections without the pain and discomfort of having needles stuck in your body.

One visitor to Bee Pollen Buzz, lets call her Stacey, reported to me that her and her family members experienced severe allergies  each allergy season.  She initially began taking 1 tsp of raw, local honey per day and within a matter of weeks, she was off all meds and had almost no symptoms.   In my experience, this is quite a rapid response and not the norm but an example of what is possible.   I suggest consuming several teaspoons of raw honey per day for several months in advance of allergy season for best results.

Using a honey from as close to where you live as possible is also recommended although I am finding, and research is beginning to support that any good quality raw honey is beneficial for the immune system and may be beneficial for your allergies.   Raw honey is filled with healthy, natural bacteria like acidophilus which are wonderful for gut health.   A very significant portion your immune system resides in your gut so it is only natural to suggest that consuming these ‘good’ bacteria from honey and improving the health of your G.I. tract can lead to a more balanced immune system.  It has been my experience that strong immunity always begins with a healthy functioning digestive system.

Dunlop’s Honey at the CPFM!! Check them out here!


You can always buy Dunlop’s Honey Cupcakes too. That will make life a lot easier!


2. Are Farmer’s Market’s Bad Seeds?

26 Reasons Not to Shop at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market


Farmers’ markets are great … but someday they’re going to kill someone,”  Galen Weston – Loblaw’s 2012

1. I prefer bland, tasteless food. Taste buds are best kept lulled and complacent.

2. If farmers have faces—which I doubt—why would I want to look at them? Anonymity rules.

3. I love factory-farmed meat, dairy, and eggs. All animals belong in little boxes.

4. I love eating chemicals and pesticides. After all, if this stuff preserves food, it will preserve me, too. Won’t it?

5. The goal of living in community is to be like all the other neighborhoods in the world. We’d all be happier if we were homogenous. Diversity is a killer.

6. I love GMO. One day I might sport gills like a fish or raise glow-in-the-dark rabbits. Could anything be cooler?

7. I hate my neighbors and I hope they all lose their jobs and have to move away. Small local businesses are nothing but a pain.

8. I like being ignored by my growers. Why would I want better service and people paying attention to my needs? Someone trying to understand makes me uncomfortable.

9. Ignorance is bliss. I need to protect my kids from knowledge, fun, and health at any cost.

10. I love paying the middleman. Why should farmers get actual wages when we could support commodity traders instead?

11. I demand every fruit or vegetable to be the same size and shape as the next one and absolutely blemish free.

12. I live for confusing labels. They keep my mind active.

13. I adore excessive packaging. If I didn’t have so much plastic to get rid of, how would I ever fill my garbage bins?

14. I prefer to limit choices. Boredom is good; creativity is evil.

15. I hate fun and the outdoors, preferring to stay within my four walls and doing the same things every day.

16. I enjoy supporting economies in far-off places. My taxes shouldn’t cover local needs. That’s just selfish. We don’t want to be selfish.

17. I avoid antioxidants and phytonutrients. Such big words. Do you have any idea what they could do to you? Me either.

18. I love being at the mercy of chain supermarkets, because I know they have my best interests at heart.

19. I prefer sterile urban landscapes to farmland. Smog is a better inhalant than cow manure.

20. I like to spend more money on food, especially if more fingers can get a piece of the pie. We all like pie. May I have lemon meringue made from a mix?

21. With labeling, I don’t need to think about what I eat. Who knows how many calories are in a zucchini? They can’t be trusted.

22. I prefer elevator music to guys with guitars or fiddles. Wouldn’t want to be exposed to anything like original music played by real people. Shudder.

23. Why sniff real food when I can indulge in fake smells like an apple pie candle? Achoo.

24. I’d rather eat fake sweeteners made of chemicals in factories than honey made by bees. Regurgitated pollen? Ew. That’s gross.

25. I want to suffer from fun things like cancer, heart disease or diabetes. Maybe I’ll get to die young.

26. I love seeing big reefer trucks on the highway. They make driving more of an adventure. Love it when semis tailgate me.

27. I don’t approve of seasons. Food is dumb if it can’t figure out how to be grown 12 months of the year on all 6 continents. And in Antarctica, come to think of it.

Farmers’ markets are great … but someday they’re going to kill someone,”  Galen Weston – Loblaw’s 2012




Photo of the Boyce family in Pembroke from the Aitkenhead Photo Collection

3. How to Make a Farmer’s Market Apron

Retro Fun: Vintage Style Apron


Check out their other articles from Retro Fun


This apron is another Sew4Home design original, complete with a free downloadable pattern. Love, love, love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And the happy bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress… oh, don’t even try to tell me you didn’t do that! The Simply Sweet floral fabric has the perfect vintage feel, while the big polka dot accents add a modern zing. Clever knotted ties allow infinite adjustability for the neck and waist so you can make a Retro Fun: Vintage Style Apron for every shape and size of family member and friend.

This project is a bit more advanced than many we offer here at Sew4Home, mainly because the whole darn thing is edged with mitered bias tape binding. But, you can do it. I know you can. Practice makes perfect, right?

A BIG thanks to our new friend, Barbara Jones, the designer of the beautiful Simply Sweet fabric collection for Henry Glass & Company. She very generously provided all the fabric for our retro kitchen projects, and has it all in-stock and available for order on her site, QuiltSoup. We looked at a lot of fabrics for this series, but Barbara’s designs are the ones that jumped right off the page as the perfect vintage kitchen combo. There are additional colorways and designs within the collection. Check it out.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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All Simply Sweet fabric is available at QuiltSoup.

  • ¾ yard of 44-45″ fabric for apron front and pockets front: we used Barbara Jones’ Simply Sweet in #5116-8 Floral Diamonds for Henry Glass & Co Fabric
  • 1 yard of 44-45″ fabric for apron back, pockets back and apron flounce back: we used Barbara Jones’ Simply Sweet in #5122-8 Tiny Red Dot for Henry Glass & Co. Fabric
  • ¾ yard of 44-45″ fabric for apron flounce front, waist ties and neck loop: we used Barbara Jones’ Simply Sweet in #5120-82 Jumbo Pink Dot on Red for Henry Glass & Co. Fabric
  • Two 3-yard packages of extra wide double fold bias tape: we used bright red
  • All purpose thread to match bias tape
  • All purpose thread to match all fabrics
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins

Getting Started

  1. Download and print the Retro Fun Apron Body And Pocket Pattern.
    IMPORTANT: This pattern consists of SIX 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. You must print this PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  2. The first page is the pocket pattern. Cut it out along the solid line.
  3. Pages 2-5 are the Apron Body pattern pieces (page 2 is row one all by itself, pages 3 and 4 are row two, and pages 5 and 6 are row three). Butt the pages together, matching the lines, to create the full pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
  4. Cut out the pattern along the solid line.
  5. Download and print the Retro Fun Apron Flounce Pattern.
    IMPORTANT: This pattern consists of TWO 8.5″ x 11″ sheets. You must print this PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  6. Butt the pages together to create the full pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
  7. Cut out the pattern along the solid line.
  8. From the fabric for the apron front (Simply Sweet Floral Diamonds in our sample), use the pattern pieces to cut one Apron Body and two Pockets.
  9. Following the guides on the pattern piece, use your fabric pen or pencil to mark the placement for the pockets on the Apron Body fabric piece.
  10. From the fabric for the apron back (Simply Sweet Tiny Red Dot in our sample), use the pattern pieces to cut one Apron Body, one Apron Flounce and two Pockets.
  11. From the accent fabric (Simply Sweet Jumbo Pink Dot on Red in our sample), cut three strips 4½” by the width of the fabric, and one Apron Flounce.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board


  1. Match the two pocket fronts with the two pocket backs, right sides together. Pin in place.
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  2. Sew the pocket front and back together, using a ½” seam allowance. Start from the top corner point of the pocket and stitch around to the opposite corner point. Leave the top edge open.
  3. Trim seam allowance to ¼” and turn the pocket right side out. Press.
  4. Repeat to create the second pocket.
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  5. The upper edge of the pocket is finished with bias tape. Open the end of the bias tape so it lays flat. Sew the bias tape to the upper edge of the pocket along the tape’s fold line, lining up the raw edge of the bias tape with the raw edged layers of the pocket. Leave an extra ½” at the start.
  6. Stop at the center point of the pocket. Turn the hand wheel of the machine to make sure the needle is down in the fabric.
  7. Pivot the pocket and gently pull up the bias tape so it matches the edge of the fabric. Continue sewing along the fold line of the bias tape.
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    NOTE: If you’re new to working with bias tape, the number one rule is ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ You’re sewing along a curve, which is trickier than a straight line. For more hints, check out our tutorial: Bias Tape: How To Make It & Attach It.
  8. Back tack at the end of the bias tape seam and trim the tape to leave an extra ½” tail (to match the ½” ‘head’ you started with).
  9. Turn the extra ½” ends toward the pocket lining at each side and pin in place.
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  10. Fold the bias tape and wrap it to the back over the stitching line. Pin in place.
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  11. Place a pin at the pivot point. Then, continue pinning in place along the stitching line. The bias tape will create a natural tuck at the pivot point. Adjust this tuck to create a uniform miter on both sides of the pocket.
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  12. Flip the pocket over, and from the right side, edgestitch the bias tape in place. Press.
  13. Repeat steps 2- 12 to create the second pocket.
  14. Pin the pockets in place on the Apron Front, matching the guide marks you made earlier to the corners of the pockets. You can shift position slightly as needed to match the pattern on the pockets with the pattern on the apron front.
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  15. Edgestitch both pockets in place with matching thread. Remember, just stitch from pocket corner point to corner point. Leave the top bound edge open… that’s where your hand goes.
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    NOTE: If you want to be super fancy and really hide your stitching, start from just below the binding and sew around the pocket, stopping just below the binding on the opposite side. Change your thread to a color that matches your binding, then edgestitch just the top of each side of the pocket along the binding, matching your original seam .

Apron flounce

  1. Match the Apron Front Flounce and the Apron Back Flounce WRONG sides together. Pin along the upper edge.
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  2. Sew along the upper edge, using a ½” seam allowance.
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  3. Clip along the stitched edge, making your cuts about 1″ apart. Be careful not to cut into the seam.
  4. Pin the clipped upper edge of the flounce to the lower edge of the Apron Body Front. Match the front of the Flounce against the right side of the Apron Body Front.
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  5. Place the Apron Body Back over the flounce, right sides together (right sides of the two Body pieces) and with the Flounce sandwiched in between. Align all raw edges and pin in place just along the bottom.
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  6. Sew all the layers together, using a ½” seam allowance. Fold the Flounce down and press the seam toward the Apron Body.
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Bias tape binding

  1. Bring the Apron Body Back up behind the Apron Body Front and match ALL the outside edges. Front and Back should be wrong sides together and all edges raw. This is correct as all the edges will be bound.
  2. Set your machine for a long stitch length and machine baste along ALL outside edges.
  3. Finish the entire edge of the apron with bias tape, using the same technique used for the pockets. Start at a curved edge (along the upper side) and stop and miter at each corner. Fold the bias tape to the wrong side, pin in place. and edge stitch in place on the front side.
  4. This is a lot of binding, but the finished look is fabulous. Again, take a look at our binding tutorial if you need a refresher on attaching bias binding and/or mitering the corners.
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Waist ties and neck loop

  1. Find your three 4½” wide strips of tie fabric.
  2. Cut each strip to a length of 36″.
    NOTE: This measurement is for a standard-size adult apron. It can be adjusted according to the finished size you need… longer for larger, shorter for smaller.
  3. Fold the strips in half lengthwise, right sides together, matching the edges. Pin. At each end, draw a point.
  4. Sew along the edges, using a ¼” seam, and along your drawn points at each end. Leave a 3″ opening for turning.
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  5. Trim the excess fabric around the point seams to ¼”.
  6. Turn right side out, pushing out the points. Press flat, turning in the raw edges of the opening ¼” so they are flush with the sewn seam.
  7. Slip stitch all the openings closed with matching thread. Press again.
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  8. Following the manufacturer’s directions for your machine, make four ¾” button holes.
  9. Place a vertical buttonhole at each top corner point of the bib with the top just below the bias tape and the side approximately ½” in from the bias tape.
  10. Place a horizontal buttonhole at each waist corner with the side just below the bias tape and the top approximately ¼” in from the bias tape.
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  11. Thread one tie through the two bib buttonholes to make the neck loop. Holding the ties in place, slip the loop over your head and adjust the tie ends until the bib hits comfortably against your chest but is still loose enough that it can be pulled off over your head.
  12. When you have it just the way you want it, tie a knot in each end to secure.
  13. Thread one tie through each waist buttonhole. Leave about a 7-8″ tail and tie this into a knot to secure each tie in place.
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No pockets, but you can turn the apron lining side out for another cute look:
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Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

'How much for everyone?'

4. Have You Ever Seen a Woman with a Cigarette Asking if the Produce is Organic?

One of the joys of any farmers’ market is the pace. Give yourself time to wander through and see what’s available. Talk with the farmers — they welcome your appreciation of their hard work. In return, they will be happy to help you pick out the best stuff, find something that may not have been put out yet, take special orders, or save you something if you can’t get there early, and often give you tips on how to prepare it.

Remember, all this beautiful food is really labor intensive. It’s planted, weeded and harvested, primarily by hand. Trust me, these guys work hard, harder than you or I. If prices seem higher sometimes than at a big supermarket, be thankful you have access to the remarkable taste that only comes from something being picked that morning, at the peak of flavor. Not to mention the variety. But this year, with all the produce being so pricey, now is your chance to come to the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market and buy freshness for your family at a competitive, if not even better price.

When you go to a farmers market, you should be looking for a more personal experience, a slower pace and interaction with the people who spend their lives bringing us great food to eat. This year “lettuce turnip the beet”  at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market! Remember a Farmer works so the world can eat!

5. Did you Know about the Egg Prohibition?- The Egg Police


A question we get asked every single day–Why don’t we carry fresh eggs at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market?

The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market follows the Ontario provincial laws because we don’t want the Farmer’s Market nor our Farmers charged in wrong doing.

Farm eggs are now in hot demand, and in California alternative eggs have reached cult status. The farmers who raise them are now almost as famous as the Hollywood star’s imprints that grace the grounds of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. These eggs now offer smaller farmers a good source of revenue. But, this growing market for a different kind of egg is creating tension between those smaller farmers that raise them and our local egg marketing boards. If you had no idea, these boards were created to develop the mainstream egg industry in Canada and its large chicken farms.

The egg farming is governed by a supply management system in Canada, which means egg marketing boards control the number of eggs produced. This quota system maintains a constant price, and proponents say it ensures that farmers make a living and consumers have a steady supply of eggs. But the eggs produced on farms that hold the quotas are not the eggs that foodies now desire. It’s the small, often organic operator who is supplying the fresh eggs to farmers’ markets that are in high demand.

All farmers are allowed to keep 99 laying hens without a buying quota, which is going to cost them thousands of dollars. They can then sell their eggs from the farm gate without grading them, a process that evaluates quality. But they are forbidden from selling them anywhere else unless they are graded, which, for the small farmer, is a tough regulation to meet because grading stations are often a long way from the farm and it is very expensive to set one up.

This whole dilemma has now created what they call “a grey market for eggs”. However, if you know the imaginary password, sometimes you can buy the odd dozen at an Ontario health food store. These popular eggs at some farmers’ markets are kept out of sight – for a reason. It’s now considered more like Prohibition bootlegging with a lot more people ignoring the regulations and selling eggs.

But when markets or stores sell these eggs their risk becomes VERY HIGH. There is much talk of the “egg police” who keep track of who’s doing what. Then there are the rumours and sometimes facts of farmers getting in trouble for breaking the rules. A farmer was fined in 2008 over $3,000 CDN for selling eggs to Ottawa-area restaurants. Somewhere in Eastern Ontario in 2006, the egg marketing board, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and police officers raided one particular farm and pressed charges including unlawful possession of laying hens because the farmer allegedly owned more than the permitted 99 laying hens.

The Carleton Place Farmer’s market ensures our local farmers offer farm gate sales only. Remember, the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market keeps their market free from any eggpocalypse as everyone knows one bad egg can spoil everything.:)

6. Do You Know Where the Carleton Place Fork Came From?

How many times have you driven by this fork at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market and wondered what cutlery drawer it came from? I love this piece of sculpture so much I had to use it in one of my Carleton Place stories, “The Witches of Rochester Street”


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Margo Willmot and Bill Bousada donated the the fork sculpture to the Market Square/ Carleton Farmer’s Market in 2013. The late Ralph Durdin created the sculpture in 1990.  An artist and dreamer, Ralph was born in Ottawa, the middle of three children of Anita Antonucci and Willson (Bill) Durdin.  Ralph couldn’t tolerate the constraints of academics, but his parents couldn’t see a future in art. He lived in Europe and New York, where Bill was posted with Foreign Affairs, returning to Ottawa in 1960. He never left. Ralph was almost 30 when he decided to devote his time to creating art. He developed a loyal local following and his work sold quickly. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney gave his sculptures to visiting heads of state.The physical demands of years of hammering stone kept Ralph strong and fit.  He died in 2009, without regaining consciousness, of a massive stroke.

The fork sculpture was created as an outdoor art piece by Durdin for a vegetarian restaurant owned by Bousada on Bank Street in Ottawa. The Carleton Place staff refurbished the fork and local Carleton Place artist Mary Jane Lancaster completed the vegetables appearing on it.



Mary Jane Lancaster also did some of the art pieces for the back  of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum art project that is now completed.


Related reading: In Memory Of Those That Can’t Wave Back


7. Visit the Drama Free Zone Wall at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market


Some days it’s not my circus, and definitely not my monkeys. You know the feeling—today was going great until people—- yadda yadda yadda. A few weeks ago I found the perfect drama free zone at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market. I mean you can’t keep a clean reputation hanging out continually with messy people. Wait? What?

As I leaned against the wall situated right next to  Ken Strangway’s delicous food  I gazed at the Farmer’s Market and felt a strange wave of serenity. And, not in the serenity now serenity now form of Seinfeld.


Stop in to the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market. Roll out your worries, and all your weekly drama might just be censored with love. Join us please. You might just be surprised!

100 Feet of a Drama Free Zone awaits you every Saturday on the Drama Free Wall.


Linda SeccaspinaWendy LeBlancCathie Hawkins McOrmondLisa Strangway chillin’ at the drama free wall



9. She’s My Apple Pie! Bake Off 2013

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