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24 Aug, 2014

Buy local garlic and help people, all at the same time

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

For years, we’ve been driving past Silver Springs Farm, which is right on the edge of Bell’s Corners in Ottawa about five minutes from Bayshore Shopping Centre.

I’ve always been intrigued by their roadside signs promising fresh garlic, but every year we somehow missed the small window of opportunity to check it out for ourselves. Well, this is a good news/bad news post because although I am happy to report that THIS WAS THE YEAR we made it there at the right time, but today, Sunday, is the last day of garlic sales.

This is the sight that greets visitors when they turn off the main road:

Silver Springs farm #latergram

There's something about old barns... Silver Spring #latergram

Here’s why this place is so important.

Silver Springs falls under the domain of the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD), and the garlic harvest is one of the fundraising efforts that supports persons with developmental disabilities. You can read more about Silver Springs history here (it’s actually pretty interesting).

I didn’t mind shelling out a few extra dollars for some fresh garlic ($3.00 for a medium head, $4.00 for a larger one), and if I’d had extra cash I would have bought a raffle ticket or a pretty braid too:

Garlic is pretty!

Fresh garlic for a good cause, Silver Spring farm #shoplocal #latergram

Silver Springs Farm is located at 1701 Robertson Rd. at the corner of Baseline Road and Robertson Road. It might be too late for you to check it out, but if you can, do make the effort to pay a visit next year!


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