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Bread basket

By Rachel Garber

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You could say the Haut-Saint-François is the breadbasket of Lennoxville. Or at least of the Lennoxville Farmers' Market - the Association du Marché Agricole de Lennoxville. That's judging from its list of members. A full eight of its 12 farmer-members are from Bishopton, Bury, Cookshire-Eaton, Newport and Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton.

Great drum roll! The Market begins this Saturday, and returns every two weeks until October 11. It's from 10 a.m. to 12 noon., and it's conveniently located just before the train tracks, across from Clarke & Sons.

It's a local market. Participants must live within 50 kilometres of Lennoxville. And it's a farmers' market, not a flea market, said one of its founders, Darren Bardati. Participants sell only things they've produced on their farms - they don't buy things and re-sell them.

Here, in all their glorious diversity, are some of the Haut-Saint-François farmers who take part in the Lennoxville Market. Jennifer & Darren Bardati, with organically grown vegetables and fruits, goat's milk soap and herbal products. Marypascal Beauregard of Fromagerie Caitya du Caprice Caprin, with artisanal goat cheese. Brian Creelman of Woodlanders Farm in Bishopton, with organically grown heirloom vegetables. Daniel Gagnon of Le Miel Dan-B of Bury, with honey and beehive products.

Then there's Mark and Faith Harmer of Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton, with pork and beef, sausages and maple syrup. Mary Kirby of Shepherd's Stone Farm, with fruits, jams, jellies and cut flowers. Dave Mersen of Ferme Mange-Tout, with organic vegetables. And Janie & Hugues Raymond Perron of Bec Bleu, with fresh and frozen blueberries. The list is on the Market's website, There are probably even more participants, by now.

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The Fête des voisins - Neighbours Day - was invented in Paris in 1999, and has spread all the way to Newport, QC. The 2014 edition was May 23, but Newport's Loisirs 4 Horizons is extending its celebration to this Saturday, June 7.

It's a huge multi-site garage sale, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it's rain or shine. In case of rain, tables can retreat indoors. The points of sale are in Randboro, Island Brook and Lawrence Colony. In Randboro, it's at René and Martin Tétreault's garage, 1130 Route 210. In Lawrence, it's at the Anglican Church, 449 Lawrence Road, and alongside the road, too. In Island Brook, it's at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212. And it's also at a new antique shop, La Marchandeur, at 1206 Route 212.

A call is out for sellers to reserve tables now. For Randboro, call Martin Tétreault at 819-889-1982. For Island Brook, call Francine Rouleau at 819-875-3895. For Lawrence, call Pierrette Quévillon at 819-875-3107.

People can sell all kinds of things - appliances, arts, bikes, books, CDs, clothes, crafts, furniture, plants, toys, fresh produce, rare pearls. Well, rare pearls are not guaranteed. But you could say it's the neighbours themselves who are the pearls, perhaps not so rare.

Visitors are warmly invited, and will receive a map showing them how to easily reach the other sites of the mega-sale, country-style. Refreshments will also be available.


At last, spring is here. We know this because a whole crew of nine kind and energetic friends came to our place with four chainsaws. They sawed up and gathered up a mountain of broken branches. Our place had looked like a bomb had fallen. Now it looks ready for spring. You can see the grass without peering through the branches.

One of these angels of mercy was Lyne Maisonneuve. She's the Age Friendly Municipality (M.A.D.A.) agent for Newport, QC. She called the event "the ultimate M.A.D.A. realization."

"I think what happened at your place last Friday was really worthy of the M.A.D.A. philosophy that we'd like to establish," she emailed. "Without consciously planning it, the mutual aid just happened by itself." She spoke of sympathy and support, and forgetting yourself to help others. As a recipient, I'd concur it was marvelous! Sort of like an old-fashioned barn-raising.

We are very grateful. May the angels soothe your backs, Debra, Dennis, Jackie, Judy, Ken, Lyne, Rémi, Rachelle and Robert!


Plan ahead. Don't miss your Canada Day pancakes. The board of Saint Paul's Rest Home in Bury are already beating up the batter for their traditional pancake breakfast at the Carriage House at St. Paul's at 592 Main Street. That's Saturday, June 28, during Bury's Canada Day celebrations. On the menu are pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee and maple syrup, of course. The breakfast will be served from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Church services

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. On Tuesday June 10, at 7 p.m., is a service of song and testimonies with singing evangelist Ed Sealy from New Brunswick. The bi-weekly Children's Community Club (bilingual) meets on Saturday June 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the church, 33 Cookshire St. And plan ahead for Vacation Bible School June 23 to 27, with a team from South Carolina (819-239-8818).

United: On June 8, Sunday services and Sunday school are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. On June 15 is a farewell service for Rev. Wendy Evans at the Cookshire United Church (hear message at 819-889-2838, and leave a message, too).

Anglican: The summer schedule is at hand. The four Anglican congregations in the Haut-Saint-François will meet in a different church each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Sunday of the month, services are at St. Peter's in Cookshire. Second Sundays are at St. John's in Brookbury. Third Sundays are at St. Paul's in Bury. Fourth Sundays are at Christ Church in Canterbury. "This will give us all a chance to visit the charming little summer churches while it is warm enough to do so. Visitors are very welcome." Those are the words of Canon Wanda Dillabough (819-239-6902).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by June 9 for publication June 18 and by June 30 for July 9.

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