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The Halpenny’s who live at R.R. 2 Almonte have a herb garden just outside their kitchen door. The location is in a perfect spot for the cook of the house handy for quick herb fixes in a recipe. Helen grows basil, oregano, summer savoury and 28 other varieties like tarragon,lemon balm, wooly lamb’s ear and fennel. Of all these herbs Helen grows, not all are for cooking. Lavender and costmary will be dried and made up into fragrant satchels.
Across the laneway from the house is the Halpenny’s vegetable garden that the family is proud of. She feels the time and effort put into the garden work pays off because the family is self sufficient in vegetables. They buy only winter salad vegetables.
By planting vegetables with different maturation dates, succession plantings, and careful choice of varieties, there are fresh vegetables on the table from early summer until freeze up.The Extra Early Bounty Tomatoes are ready now and Rolar Vee Corn, the earliest of several corn varieties will soon be finished. Tasty Vee, Seneca Chief and Golden Bantam will extend the corn season well into September.
Experimenting with new varieties is a special interest of Helen’s. She easily names every variety as you walk with her.. ( the article was cut off here:(
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Almonte has a rich tradition of community involvement and fellowship.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a thriving traditional Market was located in downtown Almonte, just off Brea Street (where the parking lot is now). Vendors would arrive with their horse drawn carriages full of hand-made items, livestock, locally grown foods, and other wares. Patrons would arrive from miles around to spend the morning stocking their own carriages with the items they needed and enjoy fellowship with their neighbours. It was an event not to be missed, and for some, their only trip into town every week.
The current Almonte Farmers Market (AFM) maintains that same feel. It was conceived around the kitchen table of Master Gardener, Helen Halpenny in the fall of 1989. A few local farmers met over coffee to discuss bringing together their extra produce and offering it for sale. Their vision of rejuvenating the old Almonte Farmers Market as a producer-based market laid the ground work for the successful farmers’ market that we have today.
Shortly after the farmers’ market started in its new incarnation, the market vendors were approached by Bob Chorney of Farmers’ Markets Ontario, which was just starting up at the time. Bob was amazed at how far along in the planning stages the AFM vendors were. Farmers’ Markets Ontario shared the same producer based ideas and so it was easy for the AFM to become a founding member of Farmers’ Markets of Ontario. The FMO has given our market unfailing support and provided us with signs and other marketing tools, canopies, ideas and help throughout the years.
Helen Halpenny– Gardens Ontario
Please note: OHA certified judges appear first listed alphabetically and otherwise qualified judges appear at the end of the list.
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Unexpectedly in hospital at Ottawa on Friday, February 13, 2009.
of Clayton, age 70 years.
Much loved husband of Helen Stewart. Beloved father of Elizabeth (David), Amy (Trevor) and Raymond (Jodi). Dear brother of Mary Ellen Code (late Fred). Bill will be sadly missed by his family
Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, Almonte, RR No, 2, who graduated September 14, 1964 from the Brockville General Hospital School of Nursing. She received an award for highest standing in Obstetrical Nursing theory and practice, tying with two other graduates.
CODE – HALPENNY
A pretty wedding took place on Saturday, May 15 at St. George ‘s Anglican Church, Clayton when Mary Ellen Halpenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Halpenny, RR 2, Almonte, became the bride of Mr. Frederick Ivan Code, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Code of Innisville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. E. Allsopp of Ottawa. Mr. Stanley Hughton, uncle of the bride, was organist and Robert Hughton, cousin of the bride, sang O Perfect Love during the signing of the Register. The best man was Mr. Wm. Code, brother of the groom. Matron of honour Mrs. Sam Millar, Smiths Falls. Miss Mary James and Miss Beverly Evans were bridesmaids. Barbara Loynes of Ottawa was flower girl. Ushers were Bill Halpenny, brother of the bride and Orville Cooke. Given in marriage by her father the bride wore white floor length whisper taffeta with lace panel overskirt of organza embroidered with sequins, lace bodice with lily point sleeves. A shoulder length veil was held in place with rose of crystalet. Bridesmaids in identical street length, pale blue crystalet over taffeta and carried white and pink carnations. Flower girl in yellow crystalet over taffeta and carried a basket of Shasta daises. The bride’s bouquet was of pink roses, pink carnations and white stephanotis. For travelling the bride donned a three piece double knit suit in deep pink with pink and black accessories and corsage of white mums. Guests were present from Chapleau, Brockville, Ottawa and Smiths Falls. On their return from Prince Edward Island they will reside on the groom’s farm in Scotch Corners.