Category Archives: sustainable living, gardening, forestry, renewable energy, peak oil

Tree Seedlings for Earth Day

Earth Day April 22, 2013

Tiny spruce and pine are being planted along the Shore

Gail selects White Pine seedlings for a waiting customer

Trail Stop Tree Seedlings (and other Green Things)

Living memories of your 2013 wedding or special event. Taking orders now for tree seedlings, bulbs, seeds, plantable gift tags and more from the Trail Stop Forest Project’s “Treelings”. Check trees available now in the greenhouse and 2013 price list at

A “Living Memories” Forest  Project

Baby N.S.Trees Shipped Across Canada

Here’s where to order trees, pick up a price list or a free planting guide!

The Trail Stop Country Market sold over 3000 tree seedlings in 2009 for weddings, volunteer and customer appreciation and reforestation. We shipped these little trees right across Canada but Nova Scotians are our best customers!

Planting trees is one way to be kind to the Earth and the people who inhabit it, not to mention the economic plus of  ‘buying local’.  A % of tree sales is donated to the Bay of Islands Sustainable Living Center in Moser River, N.S.

Here are the two beautiful little seedling species we recommended for green weddings, Earth Day & volunteer appreciation events in 2009:

Red Spruce on the Left, Red Pine on the Right!

Red Spruce on the Left, Red Pine on the Right!

Wild Strawberries, U-Picks & Strawberry Crepes!!

Wild Strawberries are everywhere on the Eastern Shore!

Wild Strawberries are everywhere on the Eastern Shore!

Wild Strawberries are ripe in Nova Scotia! Find a field or roadside and pick to your heart’s content! Put them on your cereal, make jam, add cream and sugar in a bowl, or just pop ’em in your mouth! Small but delicious!

Cultivated strawberries are ripe too & we’ll be celebrating Canada Day Weekend with fresh Strawberry Crepes, Jurgen’s specialty. Stay tuned for the recipe!

U-Pick Strawberries

Here’s where to pick along Highway 7, Eastern Shore.

Glenhill Farm Ltd.
Hwy #7, North Lochaber, NS. Phone: 902-783-2787. Email: Directions: 12 miles south of Antigonish on Highway #7 in North Lochaber, pre-picked fruit sales, roadside stand, fresh fruit desserts, homemade jams. Contact: Sid,

Haveracres Farm- strawberries
318 St. Joseph’s Road, St. Joseph’s, NS. Phone: 902-863-5763. Directions: Turn right off highway #7 at Gaspereaux Lake. Follow signs to St. Joseph’s, turn right at stop sign, farm is 1/2 m beyond. Maple syrup for sale.

Taylor Farms
Number 7 Highway, Lochaber, Antigonish, NS B2G 2L3. Phone: 902-783-2530. Directions: 13 miles out Number 7 highway from Antigonish. Second strawberry farm on the left as you come into Lochaber. Our hours are: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm

Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day (for Adults)

Ecum Secum in the Fog

Ecum Secum in the Fog

Simply put, I love rainy days on the Eastern Shore (especially rainy Sundays)!  My top reason for enjoying rainy days here is NO BLACKFLIES! Here’s my top 10 things to do on rainy day:

1. Go for a walk outside in the rain. Breathe the nice damp air, and notice how different everything smells. Fresh, clean and green! Walk along the beach. Listen to the rhythmic sound of falling rain.. it’s so relaxing.

2. Afterwards, go home and put on some dry clothes and fix a cup of hot tea, chocolate, coffee or soup. If you have a working fireplace, light a fire.

3. Go back out later and enjoy the warm, summer rain again. This time, let your hair get wet. It’s a great conditioner! Take off your shoes and splash in the puddles, just like you did when you were a wee tyke! Relive the moment!

4. It’s a great time to garden when the soil is moist — put on some rubber boots, a raincoat or just regular clothes!  That’s what your washer and dryer (or a clothesline if you’re into appropriate technology) are for!

5.  Go fishing! Every fisherman (and woman) knows that that’s when they’re biting! Did I mention NO blackflies?

6. Okay, the inside story. Curl up somewhere you can hear the raindrops and read a good book — you know, the one you’ve been wanting to read for ages.

7. Housecleaning – I know, it’s work, but how about organizing that closet, finally! Same goes for workshop stuff. Find your tools in the mess on your bench and put them away! You’ll feel better, I promise!

8. It IS a good time to ‘not procrastinate’. Take one piece of paper, virtual or not, answer an email you’ve been putting off, pay your bills online, catch up on your tax information or filing. Yep, you’ll feel better for this one too.

9. Reward yourself with fish & chips or a healthy wrap at the Trail Stop ( in Moser River). You can eat inside on “The Back Porch” and listen to the rainfall on the roof.  Oh, and did I mention no blackflies?

10. Okay, I promised this was for adults, so put on some soft music, draw the blinds, light a candle, and go for it! 🙂