Month: July 2020

The owner of Chris Live Bait, female Sandra Vanattan, standing in her store with some of the firearms they sell on-site in Marmora, Ontario.

Meet Sandra Vanattan, co-owner of Chris’ Live Bait

Ask Sandra Vanattan what she loves about living and working in a rural community and she’ll tell you in one word: “Everything.” It’s the personal relationships built with customers, the short commute to work, and the small-town ambiance that you can’t find in a larger city centre. Read more about why Sandra enjoys working and living in the rural community of Marmora & Lake, Ontario.

John Bondar – Shannonville Motorsport Park

In this episode of the I Left The City Show Podcast, Andrew Redden chats with John Bondar, President of Shannonville Motorsport Park. Listen to why John thinks Hastings is a fantastic place to live and operate a business. I Left The City Show · I Left The City – Episode 22 – John Bondar

The Moira River at Vanderwater Conservation Area in Tweed, Ontario.

5 Trails to Explore as Responsible Hikers

Much of our world has changed dramatically over the past six months, but our vividly green outdoors have not. One activity that remains similar to its pre-pandemic existence, is travelling along our outdoor trails. If anything, thanks to social distancing guidelines, there is simply more room to explore and experience. As we emerge from months of lock down, natural outdoor spaces will play a larger role than ever in boosting both mental and physical health, providing an opportunity to get outside with minimal risk.

A woman and man buy produce at a local farm stand, Melrose Market Garden, located in Melrose, ON.

Up and Running: Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands in Hastings County

Farmers’ markets and farm stands have long been symbolic of summer. They offer fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables at established community locales and they come in a variety of sizes and shapes: there are large village ‘markets’ supported by dozens of vendors, as well as smaller farm stands tucked away in hamlets, at the end of laneways, or along busy highways. No matter the venue, there is nothing quite like fresh asparagus in May, strawberries in June, or corn in late summer. There is nothing quite like locally grown!