There’s More to Life Than Poutine — Street Eats at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market


What is Street Food? I would officially say it’s artisan food sold on the streets, farmer’s markets etc., or more accurately, not served from restaurants or café’s. It’s re-inventing the ‘classics’ by stripping down the dish to it’s core ingredients and then re-designing it using improved cooking methods and ingredients. In layman’s terms, it is fresh food without gravy, vinegar and ketchup as a condiment.

Some of you know Ken Strangway as the head honcho of Lanark Laughs at Ballygiblin’s. Lanark Laughs began as a way for area comedians to get some stage time and bring laughter and much needed entertainment to the residents of Lanark County. Ken not only makes us laugh, but he has a food cart that he built himself with an ever changing menu at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Not only does “Street Eats” have the regular sandwiches, hot dogs and sausages with buns that are baked locally; he also has Chicken and Potato Roti. What the heck is Roti? Roti is a Bahamian favourite, that you can finally buy here in Carleton Place and not have to purchase a ticket for the next flight to the Bahamas. The chicken roti is inspired by Ken’s visits to the Caribbean. One customer, who is originally from the West Indies, said the roti was very authentic.

All Ken’s menu items are fresh, and some of his ever-changing items have included: peameal bacon on a bun, tacos, chicken & potato roti, and smoked meat. His pico de gallo is homemade, as well as the taco meat using Ken’s secret seasonings. You can’t get that at Subway! Now, you can eat locally at Street Eats for better value, and more your bang for your buck. Stay tuned for the Dagwood Sandwich!

Ken can be found at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market most Saturdays.  He’s also booked to do the BIA Lambsdown Fair and the BIA Bridge Street Bazaar.  Come say HI to Ken, he might even spare a joke or two along with that delicious food!

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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