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5 Stay-At-Home Date-Night Ideas in Bay of Quinte

Here are five ways to have fun (and support local!) on your next date night at home.

BITES, BEER, BLOOMS + BOARD GAMES Yes, we called them date-night ideas, but let’s be honest: you don’t need a date to treat yourself to any of these activities. We know that many of you continue to daydream about going out to a movie or for dinner and drinks; in the mean time, here are five ways to enjoy some fun BoQ experiences safely from home. (Since hours and availability are subject to change, we suggest calling businesses directly ...

Meet The Farmers: Denmar Farms

Janet and Paul Martin, owners of Denmar Farms, standing in front of a row of Christmas trees.

PAUL AND JANET MARTIN – DENMAR FARMS 217 Clearview Road, Belleville Would it be terribly cliched to say that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year at Denmar Farms? Possibly, but it is the reason Janet and Paul Martin started the Christmas tree farm in the first place. The holiday season is abundant with traditions, and the Martin family has made cutting your own Christmas tree a treasured one in the Quinte area since they opened ...

Meet The Farmers: Cheer Farms

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Fall fun on the farm in Brighton!

THE CHEER FAMILY – CHEER FARMS 365 Main Street, Brighton Pass on the pumpkin-spice products and go straight to the source instead. Cheer Farms may have garnered a reputation as an autumn destination for apples, pumpkins and squash, but Farmer Dave (as he is affectionately known) is harvesting the freshest produce throughout the entire growing season. Along with his wife, Loraine, and their two daughters, Kim and Jennifer, they go at full speed from Mother’s Day weekend through Christmas ...

Meet The Farmers: Willow Creek Farms

SUE & TIME VANDEN BOSCH – WILLOW CREEK FARMS 1442 Frankford Road, Quinte West Note: photos taken in 2019, pre-COVID-19. You can’t help but turn your head at the abundant farm stand on Frankford Road, colourful vegetables like a seasonal billboard inviting you to dig in. What started as a few baskets of tomatoes at the side of the road has evolved over 25 years into Sue and Tim Vanden Bosch’s farm in Quinte West, plus two satellite locations ...

Meet The Farmers: Palliser Downs

Audrey and James Potts, owners of Palliser Downs Farms in Quinte West, standing side by side on their front porch.

WE’RE ‘BERRY’ EXCITED Haskap berries will be the next big thing, if you ask James and Audrey Potts. The couple, whose farm sits at the intersection of Frankford Road and Highway 62 in Quinte West, started growing this lesser-known berry a few years back. Things at Palliser Downs began with strawberries in 2005, but it’s been these oblong blue gems that are taking over their hearts (and orchards, since 2011). NEW TO HASKAPS? To say that the haskap (photographed ...

Proud To Be: SAGA-LGBTQ Education and Support Services of Canada

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A new non-profit in Belleville aims at supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community and championing diversity, inclusion and acceptance. Photos supplied.

THE STORY OF SAGA The origin of a new Belleville-based non-profit began back in 2014 when Stacey Love-Jolicoeur met with a single offender. Love-Jolicoeur, an educator and support worker for the LGBTQ2S community, was working with a mental health organization in Peterborough at the time. One day, her supervisor asked if she’d be willing to go to the jail to see an LGBTQ-identified inmate who was asking for mental health support. After a few visits, she realized the depth ...

Growing the Good: Gardening During the Coronavirus

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Green thumb or not, gardening is a great activity to get you outside and connected to nature while staying home. Plus, you get to enjoy the (literal) fruits of your labour.

Social distancing rules have meant that we are all spending a lot more time at home, and gardening is one way to lift your spirits during isolation. My backyard and square-foot garden are looking a little unloved right now, but I’m happily doodling plans in my notebook of the bounty to come—assuming the squirrels and rabbits don’t get to it first. Find seeds, seedlings, pots, plants, soil and everything you need to get started with these garden centres in ...

Makin’ It Work: Oddy Designs Studio

A woman standing behind a table.

Odile Dowber is finding ways to connect with the community through her clay creations, encouraging everyone to find time for creativity.

This interview is part of a series chatting with local business owners, artists, organizers and people in our community who are learning to adapt during COVID-19. Odile Dowber – Oddy Designs Studio Describe your business. My passion is for art, clay, and upcycling things I find. I believe art should be accessible to everyone and I want to use my art to inspire others to create. One of my main focuses is on the environment, which has led me ...

Have An At-Home Spa Day in Bay of Quinte

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Since we can’t go to the spa just yet, bring some relaxing wellness experiences and products from across the Bay of Quinte into your very own home.

How many of us are missing our trips to the salon, barbershop or spa? Our (very dry) hands are WAY up. As we continue to hang out at home, we wondered: how could we bring some relaxing wellness experiences and products from across the Bay of Quinte into our own homes? Scroll down for some tips on how to create your own at-home spa day. (Sorry if your kids don’t apply nail polish as well as your manicurist!) LET’S ...

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.