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Green Organic Farmers Markets … Brick Works & Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm Organic Farmers Market

Riverdale Farm Organic Farmers Market

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

  How many of you are shopping for your veggies at these two organic farmers markets?

The Evergreen Brick Works (off the Bayview Extension but don’t drive … take the shuttle bus from the Broadview Subway Station) is on Saturdays 8:00 am to  1:00pm. There is sooo much happening here so come out and take in the Blueberry Festival, Yoga & Meditation, The Stewardship Event, Crafts and Busker Festival as well as Garden Group Events. … The Riverdale Farm Farmers Market  (In Cabbagetown) is on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. This Park and Farm are a must for everyone especially children who will love the farm animals and wading pool. Bottom line … organic is healthier and tastes better. Support your neighbourhood farmers market and make it an outing for your family , you neighbours and your four legged friends too. I started back in May going every week and bought seedling tomato plants, basil, dill and chives. I have lots of other herbs as I love to cook. The tomatoes are ripe and were delicious today alongside my home made chicken salad. The Peaches last week were heavenly. Almost everything is coming to harvest so get there, shop fresh & eat healthy.     Take Note:If you need help getting your produce home and want to support a terrific local green initiative … See Laurie Featherstone of  TwoWheelsGreenDelivery.com she will deliver with her bicycle from either market. Visit her website and blog and call her at 647-205-6496.

So you have all switched to Bullfrog Power and are buying organic and using Laurie to deliver with her bycicle. More next time about a recipe or two and how to keep your vegies fresh.

Enjoying Life, Everyday, Everywhere!



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Cabbagetown SOLD in 5 days, over list, in multiple offers … Fantastic!

Ontario Street SOLD in 5 days, over list, with multiple offers!

Ontario Street SOLD in 5 days, over list, with multiples!

 Who says the Real Estate market is quiet in July and August. Lots of showing on this Cabbagetown  4 bedroom, 3 storey town home. Good homes priced at market value sell. I love a win win scenario. My buyer Ian commented does every REALTOR®  produce glossy card stock Feature Sheets with professional photography, floor plans and with it’s own website measuring visitors to every room. Fact is only a small percentage of  REALTORS® use Virtual Tours let alone create a website for every listing. Some REALTORS® are dramatically better marketers than others and the results are in the selling. I am most grateful to have 85% of my sales come from very happy referral clients. In this case Ian busted his butt getting his home ready for sale. I was happy he trusted me to suggest how. He is tonight enjoying a glass of Shiraz with his good friend and is extremely happy the sale of his home resulted the way he had hoped.  Yes a little horn tooting … but I am pumped to have worked hard and received the results for same.

 Being a REALTOR® BROKER is the best career ever!

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Do you support bike lanes on Jarvis St … will cycilist need full armour to avoid hospitalization?

Bike Democracy on Jarvis Street

Bike Democracy on Jarvis Street

 Bike Lanes on Jarvis … In OurHomeToronto

OurHomeToronto has started the process of converting Jarvis Street into a bike corridor marking the first tangible sign of one of city cycling advocates’ biggest victories.
While the installation will cause a few partial lane restrictions over the next week, the road will remain open for all but a day or two of the work. Today, workers will remove parking machines and, once rush hour is finished, the reversible centre lane will be closed to traffic. Over the next week, signs and signals for the centre lane will be taken down. Next Saturday, July 25, crews will paint the bike lanes along Jarvis between Bloor and Queen streets, closing down short sections of the road for a few hours. Sidewalks will stay open. “They should be able to get it done in one day, weather permitting,” said Daniel Egan, the city’s manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. There will be some lane restrictions over the following week as workers install signs and paint diamonds along the bike route. The installation of bike lanes on the street, which is heavily used at rush hour by drivers heading to and from the core, is a major point of contention between municipal politicians and advocacy groups on both sides of the issue.
Cycling advocates argue adding the bike lanes will help bike commuters by connecting to east-west bike lanes on Gerrard and Wellesley, allow residents of the dense neighbourhood along the street to cycle more easily and make it easier for students at schools on Jarvis to cycle. “It’s nice to see a large project moving forward,” said Yvonne Bambrick, executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union. “It’s been a goal of this city to return Jarvis, which was once a grand boulevard and cultural corridor, to a more liveable street, rather than what it’s become, which is sort of an urban highway.”
Residents of Rosedale and other neighbourhoods to the north, meanwhile, opposed the plan on the basis that it would jam the street at rush hour. A traffic study by external consultants concluded that the bike lanes would add two minutes to rush hour travel time for cars on Jarvis. City council voted 28 to 16 in favour of the plan in May of 2009. In the months since, cycling advocates have had mixed success in getting the city to improve infrastructure for bikes. While council has approved a bike-sharing program to launch next year, it also nixed a pilot project to install curb-separated bike lanes on University Avenue when Councillor Paula Fletcher mistakenly voted against the proposal. The city has also added fewer kilometres of bike lanes overall this year than in past years, Ms. Bambrick said. The issue, however, may not be done for good. Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi has pledged to remove the bike lanes if elected in the fall. Rob Ford has also been a frequent opponent of bike lanes.
Adrian Morrow … with comments from James Metcalfe
Toronto — Globe and Mail Update


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Canadian Open Golf / Insider … In OurHomeToronto

New Golf Canda Logo and Branding

Golf Canada RCGA

 I can’t wait … I’m volunteering for this years Canadian Open. We have had our preview meetings and everyone is set to go. Watch for me as I’ll be the one in the cart replenishing the drinking water for the players, caddies and officials at all of the tee boxes.

Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor RBC, announced today that two-time former Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk has confirmed his intention to compete at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, July 19-25 at the historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.Furyk, currently the 5th ranked player in the world and winner of both the 2006 and 2007 Canadian Opens, will be joined by long-hitting Bubba Watson, rising star Ricky Barnes, former Canadian Open champion Scott Verplank and fan favourite John Daly. With a pair of 2010 PGA TOUR victories (Transitions Championship & Verizon Heritage), Furyk currently sits 4th on the FedEx Cup standing. Watson, winner of the recent Travelers Championship, currently sits 10th on the FedEx Cup ranking while Barnes and Verplank, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, sit 20th and 32nd respectively on the 2010 FedEx Cup ranking. Daly, a fan favourite throughout his career, is a fivetime PGA TOUR winner and former British Open and PGA Championship champion. Furyk, Watson, Barnes, Verplank and Daly will join a field that includes notables Anthony Kim Sean O’Hair, Rickie Fowler, Camilo Villegas, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark, Y.E. Yang, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Paul Casey and defending RBC Canadian Open champion Nathan Green.
While several PGA TOUR players have confirmed their intention to compete for Canada’s National Open Championship, competitors have until Friday, July 16 at 5:00 ET to officially register for the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.

Note … Carl Pettersson wins the 2010 RBC Canadian Open golf tournament with a score of -14 under par. Colourful John Daly takes a Pepsi moment and is certainly a fan favourite. Next year’s Open is in Vancouver B.C. at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and in 2012 is back to Ontario at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

John Daly Taking a Pepsi MomentCarl Petterson Wins at -14 under par

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Don’t Read This … Or The Kitty Gets It!

Simba in the Cathouse 07

Simba in Cat House

Love that is … Who loves us unconditionally … even more than we love ourselves? Our dogs and cats of course! This is your chance to share your recommendations for Veterinarians, Pet Groomers, Pet Food Favourites … all things Pets. For years I purchased my pet’s food from my Vet. I didn’t give a care about the price … just thought it was the best for Simba. NOT necessarily. While my Simba’s Vet (Bay Cat and Dog Hospital – Dr. Gabrielle Herman, D.V.M) is profoundly competent to care for her health needs, I was brainwashed into believing I needed to buy the food their too. Well then, there are dozens of great pet supply / food stores across Toronto. We willingly spend a fortune on our pets out of love and affection. It’s just fun seeing what some of these stores are offering. Check out the Toys R Us section at most stores. I recently visited YELP to see what other pet lovers said about their favourite Toronto pet shops. It seems the local Menagerie Cabbagetown shop was right at the top of the list. Visit this Yelp site to see other such ratings as “Best Toronto Pet Stores”, “Best Toronto Veterinarians”, “Best Toronto Pet Services”. A real favourite in my neighbourhood for our dogs is DogFather & Co . I challenge you to rate your favourite dog walk, park, names, breeds, Vets … It’s all about the Love & Licks. Coming soon … What to do in an Emergency, Tags, Chips and Why, Preventative Medicine, Food Nutrition / The Facts & Don’t Eat That Plant Digger.