Organics in the Garden: The Basics

At Hockley Valley Resort, we believe in sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and making our farm-to-table philosophy a priority. Our 2-acre on-site farm supplies our kitchens with fresh, seasonal produce you will see on our menu! Interested in adopting some of our practices? Here are some tips from our farm to get you started: – Rather than a traditional fertiliser, …

Farm to Table: How To Get It Right

Farm to table is a movement that’s been growing in recent years, from restaurants to grocery stores to your dining room table. Many of us are prioritizing what our families put in their mouths and learning what it means to be more conscious about where our food comes from. So how do you put a farm-to-table philosophy into practice? Here ...

Organic Gardening: Getting Started

So you’ve decided that you want to start an organic garden… Now what? Well, the old saying “measure twice, cut once” is the way to go. Give it some thought, make a plan, and consider these tips before you really dig in: Stake it out You want to be able to physically see where your garden will be. Consider how ...

Pickling Series: The Basics

Looking for a dill-icious new hobby? You might try pickling! What exactly is pickling, you ask? Well, pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or an immersion in vinegar. Did you know that pickles are a cinch to make at home? You can make a few pint jars in ...

Household Tips We Bet You Didn’t Know

At Hockley Valley Resort, we’ve got the inside scoop on a lot of home remedies you’ve never heard of, so we asked some of our departments to share some of their secrets with us. Here are the tips and tricks our experts think you should know: From the spa: Duct tape wart removal! Here’s how it’s done: cover the wart ...

Planting Bulbs: 5 Things You Need to Know

Planting bulbs in the fall is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather when they bloom in early spring! Here are 5 things to take into consideration when doing your planting: 1. It’s (almost) never too late. Most bulbs (like Tulips, Hyacinths and Crocuses) can be planted well into the fall as long as there is diggable ground, but ...

Rosemary: 5 Things You Need to Know

Rosemary is an herb with some surprising health benefits! Here is a list of 5 facts you might not already know about this tasty herb:* 1. It’s a great source of Vitamins A, B-complex and C, iron, calcium and fibre as well potassium, however, rosemary taken in large doses by pregnant women can be harmful. 2. With only 131 calories ...

Eat Fresh!

Summer’s coming, and farmers’ markets are opening up throughout Ontario!  Here’s why it’s important to eat local produce. Less travel = fresher, tastier produce. Shorter travel times usually mean less pesticides for you and your family to ingest. Supporting local farmers and local economy whenever you can, just makes sense. When is the best time to buy? Here’s a quick ...