Really? This is the last weekend in August? Holy Moley! School lunches will be popping onto the agenda in the near future. And, you’re in luck. The Codrington Farmers’ Market solves problems. Local apples and raw veggiesare great lunch additions, along with homemade granola bars (see Amanda at Rainbow Terrace), muffins and cheese (Glover’s have many varieties), plus stuffed buns and many treats to be found at The Bakery. Michael has grown lovely melons this year. Cut them up and send to school in a little plastic container.
You can also pick up new-crop honey and maple syrup – both are delicious in tea and coffee. Amanda also has a great crop of garlic. She can describe the different varieties she grew so that you choose the one that suits your taste buds.
If you are in the mood to cook there are many choices of frozen meats to use in combination with the abundance of fresh produce. If cooking can wait, be sure to take home some ready-made frozen meals lovingly prepared by Margo (Kingsholm Farms) and Jessica and Jay (The Bakery).
Since this will be the last Sunday of the month, the Artisans will be there – inside and outside the hall. There is no charge for this exhibition, and they create their own products. You could get an early start on Christmas shopping!
Annie is also joining us with her amazing wood-fired bread (many varieties this week). In case you didn’t know, she is up and feeding the oven at 1:00 a.m. so everything will be super-fresh for you at 10:00.
Live music will be happening as usual. This Sunday features one of our favourite local duos: R&R. Come on out and tap your feet to the great sounds of Ray and Ralph, while indulging yourself in some relaxation and rejuvenation.
There are many in-hand snacks available to enjoy with your free coffee. Time: 10:00 until 2:00. The Library Branch is also open during these hours.
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It took a community to raise our child!
A new school year is upon us and I would like to use this opportunity to write about our homeschooling experience.
We started homeschooling in Grade 3. Homeschooling had always been something we considered, but we wanted him to experience normal school life first. In Grade 3 we noticed he wasn’t thriving in a conventional school environment and decided to homeschool him through elementary school.
There are many different ways a family can homeschool—from “unschooling” to “school at home”. Personally, I used the Ontario School Curriculum as a guide but in hindsight I would call our homeschooling “child-led learning”. We adjusted our homeschooling in view of the interest, strengths and needs of our child.
I never planned to homeschool by myself, and reached out to the community for help. We were lucky and found a great English Tutor (Kathryn Shanahan,) Guitar Teacher (Stephanie Bird) and Karate Senseis (Bob and Bev Leonard.) All of them supported and encouraged our son for nearly a decade until he “graduated”.
Grade 6 was a tough year for homeschooling. Our child was unhappy with the way things were going, and at the same time he was asking us for permission to build his own desktop computer. As I did regularly in the elementary years, I turned to Bob and Rosie —2 retired teachers and family friends. They were a great support to us—a valued source of information that helped me improve my ability as a facilitator. I talked to them about our son’s wish to create and build his own desktop. Bob advised us to trust our child, and even gave him an old desktop computer to tinker with! Months later, with the help of a friend abroad, our homeschooler built his first computer.
During this time our homeschooling process received a makeover—the biggest change was using textbooks from Batner Bookstore. This allowed us to follow a stronger, better defined path for learning while still letting him take information in at his own rate.
As our son progressed he was taking more and more responsibility for his own education and we made the decision to keep homeschooling through High school. During High school my duties were reduced to ordering his choice of textbooks at the start of each "semester", enjoying spontaneous discussions about things he read in his textbooks and occasionally checking review questions. As the years passed I became more the “nagging mom”— “did you do your homework?”
2017-2018 was Grade 12, his final year. Priorities were to complete a SAT and apply to Universities. He surpassed our expectations for his SAT—scoring 1520 out of 1600, in the 99th (top 2%) percentile! On top of this, he got accepted into both Carleton and McGill. Due to McGill's late response and general administrative slowness, he will be attending Carleton this fall!
A big part of homeschooling is everyday life experiences and interactions. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who was part of our homeschooling journey… It did take a community to raise our child!
Notes for people interested in homeschooling:
Here’s what’s going on at the Codrington Farmers’ Market. Visit chef Dorothy and taste test a delicious and easy to make Frittata this Sunday, while supplies last. You'll get a recipe card and spice packet and you can get the ingredients at the Market.
You could also stop and see Margo for fresh, delicious prepared foods: Wild Rice and Balsamic Mushroom Salad, Potato Salad, Carrot Cumin Dip, Gazpacho (and more) along with her delicious frozen meals, soups, and broth. There is still plenty of corn available from Glover’s, plus so many choices of veggies from all the produce people. Have you tried the organic sweet potato fries from the Lion’s Club? Or Anne’s excellent Crabapple Juice? Or Dotty’s very special Gourmet Sauce? They are all waiting for you this Sunday at the Codrington Farmers’ Market – 10 until 2.
Enjoy live music – this week featuring Randy Stewart and Cheryl Casselman - free coffee, picnic tables, WiFi, and the friendly rural atmosphere we are proud to share.
We are looking at a busy Sunday at the Codrington Farmers’ Market. Not only will you find wonderful fresh local produce, meat, baked goods, snacks, flowers, plants and much more --- but inside the hall our second annual Health & Wellness Fair is taking place. We have representatives there to discuss Diabetes, hearing, healthy cooking, breast cancer screening, Yoga, weight control, and many other subjects. Be sure to connect with personnel from VON, Community Living, United Way, Bridge Hospice, Closing the Gap, Rebound Child and Youth Services, and Lifeline.
You can also enjoy samples of veggies and hummus, plus an apple (barely off the tree!) courtesy of the Farmers’ Market vendors, and – for the first 50 visitors – a voucher for $5 to use at the Codrington Farmers’ Market.
Let’s go back outside to the Market Vendors. Larysa and Yan advise that the new honey crop is here! They will have Honey Combs in boxes, Combs in small jars of honey, and first new 2018 honey in jars. They are very excited about this! As well, Margo (Kingsholm Farms) is delighted to report that she’s bringing a new version of Barbecue Meatballs, and wild rice and balsamic mushroom salad. She will also have her excellent assortment of fresh and frozen prepared foods.
This is also the Sunday that Annie (wood-fired bread) and Dotty (gourmet sauce) will be joining us. There is so much more to say, but that’s enough for now.
As always, there is live music (Mark Russell, and Ian and Sharon) plus free coffee, plus open Library, plus lots of parking, plus, plus, plus! See you Sunday.
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