About an hour’s drive from Hamilton, two from Toronto and 45 minutes from Brantford, Port Dover offers a remarkable array of festivals, beautiful scenery and unique experiences. From surprisingly affordable family fun in the sun to sophisticated dining and acclaimed professional live theatre. Port Dover’s warmth, charm and unique history will excite your imagination... and capture your heart. One of a kind shops and boutiques. Heritage hotels and B&B’s. Sandy beaches and a romantic pier.? Fancy yachts and fishing tugs. Historical sites and world famous perch. You’ll leave brimming with great new memories. And find a dozen reasons to come back.
Port Dover. Surprising. Delightful. Affordable. And closer than you think.
As an avid urban gardener, I am happiest when I see that my diligent labour produces an abundance of vegetables which helps to enrich my summer and fall meal planning. Each year I plant a few rows of sweet peas, beets, spinach, sweet peppers, Spanish onions, eggplant and tomatoes in a large raised bed garden below my deck in the backyard. To me nothing tastes better than a tomato picked fresh off the vine or sweet, tender peas eaten right out of their pods.
Rising adjacent to my vegetable garden last year was a giagantic sunflower that was over 6’ in height. Its magnificent yellow bloom was the size of a dinner plate. At this particular time I wanted to photograph it in all its glory before its colour faded or the wind knocked it over. As I stood nearby on the wooden deck and looked through the camera’s lens, I saw that the sunflower’s giant bloom was not quite framed for the shot I wanted. Still looking through the lens, I backed up slowly to get a better snapshot.
Here I was now planted in my vegetable garden. I spent the next few minutes staring at the sky reflecting on how wonderful life really is, and realizing that nature will look after us if we look after it.
Growing up on a vegetable farm, my mother often made this family-favourite soup. After working in the fields all day, she would wander up and down the rows of vegetables and harvest whichever vegetables were ready to use for her homemade soup. It was lke she had her very own produce aisle at the grocery store, but no check-out was needed.
I hope you enjoy the bounty of the season with this tasty dish.
Irene Heltner is a gardener, floral designer and traveller. She always tries to see the goodness in life, even during its most difficult moments. She believes that nothing is better than being outdoors and enjoying what nature provides.