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This year's Business Excellence Awards - Sustainability nominees are: 1. Habitat for Humanity: Orangeville ReStore 2. Century Wood Products Inc. 3. Xogen Technologies 4. Blue Mountain Plastics 5. Village Fare Foods Inc 6. Millennium1 Solutions 7. Hockley Valley Resort Congratulations and thank you for incorporating environmentally-conscious practices in all you do!

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Chilled Garden Pea Soup

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Looking for a great summer soup recipe?  Try ours!

Ingredients:

12 oz. fresh shucked garden peas
2 cups fresh garden spinach
1/3 cup fresh chopped garden mint
1/4 cup fresh garden basil leaves
1 small red chili pepper, seeded & minced
A pinch of smoked paprika
4 fl. oz. 35% cream
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – as needed
1 cup minced garden spring white onion
1 clove garden garlic, whole & smashed
Salt and pepper – to taste
4 ½ cups vegetable stock

Method:

  1. Coat the bottom of a heavy bottomed sauce pot with olive oil.
  2. Add garden onions, garlic clove and a pinch of salt – slowly cook over low heat until translucent.
  3. In a boiling pot of salted water, add 8 oz. of shucked peas – blanch for 40 seconds, then transfer to ice water to rapidly cool.  Drain and set aside – do the same for the entire lot of spinach.
  4. Add remaining raw peas to the onion & garlic mixture and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add your vegetable stock, salt & pepper and bring to a simmer for an additional 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Blend broth with raw peas, minced chili pepper, cooked spinach, herbs, cream and smoked paprika (this might have to be done in batches as you want the soup to be silky and smooth – adjust seasoning if needed).
  6. Cool soup in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, as you want this soup to be chilled when served.  Serves 4 to 6 guests.

Visit us at Cabin to taste this and many other delicious options!

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Is Your Golf Style Fashion Fore-ward?

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Never mind your game… Is your golf wardrobe up to par? Here are some suggestions for upping your (style) game on the course this season:

On the dot: Update your plaid pants with a new print this season – polka dots! Seen everywhere from tops to shorts, in varying shades and sizes, dots are being featured ladieswear and menswear this season.

Colour Me Happy: Gone are the days when men and women were restricted to certain colour palettes. From teal to electric blue, peach and even pink, golfers of all ages, sizes and gender are getting the bright idea!

Head’s Up: While visors, baseball caps and safari styles have been traditional regulars on the course, we are now seeing the addition of military style caps and bucket hats – some even weather-proof – so you can stay protected and look the part this season.

Show off your game and your fashion sense on our 18-hole championship course, while enjoying some of the most breathtaking views in the area! Visit our Pro Shop for all your style and supply needs.

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Your Wedding: Technical Issues

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Weddings and tech talk don’t traditionally go hand in hand, but there is some social media subject matter you might want to review for a match made in heaven! There’s no right or wrong thing to choose, these are just issues you may want to consider to have your day go without a glitch:

Snap, Snap: Are you ok with your guests posting to social media? Many couples are asking their guests to unplug, meaning that guests do not post pics prior to the bride or groom. Conversely, if you love the idea of candid photography, you might consider encouraging guests to post, even providing them with a hashtag to use for posting.

Making Movies: While photo booths were once the in thing at weddings, video booths are gaining popularity! You could do this instead of, or in combination with a dedicated videographer, depending on what you are looking for.Again, consider your uploading policy. Do you allow guests to video on their phones as well, or do you have someone stream the videos as they happen?

On The Web: Many couples have a website, blog or both dedicated to their day! This could be a great way to show off your engagement photos, make announcements, or to update relatives who may not be super tech savvy. Some people are even sending their invites out over the web a great way to make your wedding a little more green, too!

Information Highway: Whatever you decide, make sure you clearly communicate it to your guests! You can include direction in your invitations, on the program or ask your officiant to address it – you just want to make sure your wishes are clear. Take privacy into account, as well as logistics and most of all, what will make your day the most special for you!

At Hockley Valley Resort, we offer everything you need to make your special day unforgettable! http://www.hockley.com/weddings/

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Eat Fresh!

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Summer’s coming, and farmers’ markets are opening up throughout Ontario!  Here’s why it’s important to eat local produce.

  1. Less travel = fresher, tastier produce.
  2. Shorter travel times usually mean less pesticides for you and your family to ingest.
  3. Supporting local farmers and local economy whenever you can, just makes sense.

When is the best time to buy? Here’s a quick guide from the Harvest Ontario website (www.harvestontario.com) showing the optimal times to buy fresh produce in Ontario:

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Fresh and local crops are important to us too!  Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter).

What we don’t grow ourselves, we strive to attain from within 100 miles of the resort, keeping our produce as fresh and local as we can. Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today!

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Organic Gardening: Fruits and Veggies 101

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If you’ve decided to give organic gardening a go this year, start off by planting some sure-fire, low maintenance picks… Here’s a list of just some of the many easy crops you can pick and some hints for a successful start:

Beans: A great choice because they are tasty fresh or frozen, and there so are many varieties available. Do some research, though, because you may require a trellis…

Blackberries: They can grow almost anywhere you have the space and they are very low maintenance. When picking, beware of the thorns, wear thick gloves or try a thornless variety.

Carrots: They are easy to plant from seed, and you know they are ready to pick when the tops are visible above the soil. They tend to be a hit with kids, too.

Cucumbers: Be sure to plant them after the last frost has passed or you will lose your crop. Cucumbers like to spread out, so give ‘em some room!

Lettuce: It’s super easy to plant and can tolerate partial shade. Plus, if you plant it in stages, you can have fresh salad all season.

Peppers: There are lots of types you can choose from, but the bell pepper plant is generally found to be the easiest to grow.

Rhubarb: A very hardy and versatile choice, it can be grown in a sunny spot or in partial shade. It can also be frozen easily so you can dine on delicious rhubarb pie all year long.

Raspberries: They are a late producing fruit, so planting raspberries will allow you to enjoy freshly harvested fruit into the fall. Plant them in a sunny, dry area for best results.

Squash: Generally squash is found to be easier to grow from the plant (rather than from seed) and it doesn’t like the wind, so position it carefully.

Strawberries: They can be grown in the garden, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets, and they are delicious picked fresh!

Stay tuned for the next series post, Organic Gardening: Pests!

Organic gardening is important to us too. Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter). Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today!

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Get Into Shape for Golf Season!

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In this short video, our Golf Pro, Carl Penfold, shows you how to get back into golf-ready condition with 4 simple exercises, just as golf season is getting into full swing!

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