Lettuce Celebrate! Cornwall’s Incredible Edible Plant Festival returns for a 5th year.
On May 27th, grab your garden tools and head over to the Cornwall Justice Building Plaza (on Pitt Street near City Hall) for the 5th Annual Transition Cornwall + Food Action Group Incredible Edible Plant Festival. This year’s festival will run from 10:30am-2:00pm, and will feature our famous vegetable plant give-away and a collection of free activities hosted by TC+ and members of the All Things Food Network.
As the main event, attendees will be invited to take home a free vegetable plant to try gardening at home.
“Over 500 cherry tomatoes, green beans, spinach, lettuce and sweet pepper plants have been generously donated by TC+ Food Action Group and Marlin Orchards in preparation for the big event,” explains Kat Rendek, member of TC+ and Coordinator of All Things Food. “For those new to gardening, we will have experienced gardeners on hand to help you pick the right plant for your patio, step, or balcony.”
Want to give gardening a try? Young and budding gardeners will be invited throughout the day to help plant the Cornwall Fire Station, Justice Building, Police Station, and SVC Health Centre community vegetable gardens. Free gardening activities, outdoor games, cooking and preserving workshops, face painting, and live music have also been organized by The Early Years Centre, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall, and several local artists.
New this year’s event, TC+ will be giving away nearly 30 varieties of rare heirloom tomato plants in an amazing selection of colours, sizes, and flavours. Recommended for experienced gardeners, these tomatoes are open-pollinated (non-hybrid, non-GMO), allowing their seed to be saved, and even better – shared! In exchange for the free heirloom tomato plants, gardeners are asked to bring a sample of ripe tomatoes to the free TC+ Tomato Tasting Event on Thursday, August 24 at the Cornwall Public Library.
“Everyone will be invited to celebrate and taste the tomatoes, whether they bring heirloom samples, their own favourites, or no tomatoes at all”, explains Karen Carriere, member of TC+. “Experts will be on hand to give advice on how to grow tomatoes, prepare healthy recipes, save seeds, and preserve tomatoes for winter. Stay tuned for details!”
Led by the Food Action Group of Transition Cornwall+ (a working group of the Cornwall Social Development Council), the Incredible Edible Plant Festival is supported by members of the All Things Food Network, the City of Cornwall municipal services, and numerous organizations, and volunteers.
Those looking to volunteer at this event should contact Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613 935 4017. To preview the TC+ heirloom giveaway list visit the Food Action Group webpage transitioncornwall.com/food-action-group or contact Karen Carriere tel. 613- 984-2645.
Transition Cornwall+ supports Cornwall and neighbouring communities in facing challenges such as the rising cost of energy and food, extreme weather, and financial uncertainty. By working together right now, we can create a more affordable, caring, healthy and secure future for all. The TC+ Food Action Group aims to build food security by promoting local food economy and food skills.