Where Are They Now? Aisha Toor-Read’s Book Shop and Cafe


Last year Read’s Book Store closed on Bridge Street. A part of everyone’s heart went when the little book store that could closed its doors. So where is Aisha now? Did you know  that you can find Aisha’s culinary delights at the McGahey Farm stall at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market every Saturday?

She is enjoying working with Ray, Peter and David of McGahey Farm in preparing soups, dips, jams and pickles from their farm produce. How great is that?

 I asked Ray Elgersma from McGahey Farms to tell me a  little about what she is creating for them. Aisha talks about her upbringing and cultural background having a huge impact on food preparation. Her childhood in Pakistan and her mother’s amazing cooking has given her a passion for her interest in food security and being a whole foods advocate. Aisha has directed or coordinated 3 food security programs (Good Food Box, Good Food for Healthy Babies, Community Food Advisor Program) here in Lanark County prior to her owning and managing Read’s Bookstore and Café here in Carleton Place the past 6 years.

Aisha describes herself as an intuitive cook, (she was a guest chef at the Local Independent Grocer) mentored by her mother who knew how to use seasonings and spices to bring the best from foods she prepares. She has used seasonal and local foods for the past 25 years even before it was trendy.

So Eat local. Eat what’s in season-determine what’s in season right now and dig in. You’ll be rewarded with high quality produce, packed with nutrition, at a lower cost. And your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!

Come visit McGahey Farms this week at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market and see what Aisha has created for them.

About lindaseccaspina

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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