Farmer Profile: Ray Thompson
A resource technician by trade, Ray has invested over 35 years in cultivating over 150 acres of sugar maples on beautiful Clayton Lake. This year, the Thompsons tapped 6000 trees, and have begun the first harvest of the season. Open to the public from now until mid-April, you can travel only 59 minutes (75 kilometers) from Ottawa and visit the Thompsons, walk through the maple trails along the lake shore and shop for award winning maple products to share with your family. A local favourite is Beckwith Butchers handmade maple sausage, sold frozen. On Maple Weekend (First weekend in April), locally baked deserts and snacks will be available and plenty of free maple samples. Meet Ray at the Lanark County Harvest Festival.  http://www.thompsontownmaple.ca/

Farmer Profile: Dwight James
After maple season, this third generation award-winning syrup producer and world traveller works as a general carpenter. Dwight’s keen eye for detail is a sought-after talent for custom home builders in Lanark County, and he keeps his skills sharp as a target shooter and big game hunter. Meet Dwight, his wife Colleen and family at Jameswood Maple, or at the Lanark County Harvest Festival www.HarvestFestival.ca

Farmer Profile: Caitlin & Kyle White, Milkhouse Farm & Dairy
Caitlin works side by side with her husband producing farmstead raw sheeps’ milk cheeses, grass-fed lamb, and all-natural wool products. After graduating from university, both Caitlin and her husband returned to Lanark County for the rural community where they grew up with plans to start a small-scale sheep dairy completely from scratch.
The flock has grown from 10 to 64 milking ewes and welcomed the arrival of over 130 lambs this spring. Milking will start up again for the season in this month and the start of this year’s cheesemaking will begin! This fall, meet Caitlin at the Lanark County Harvest Festival, September 9th at Beckwith Park, www.HarvestFestival.ca

Farmer Profile: Grandma Garrett

​Baked goods just like grandma used to make! Grandma Garrett’s has all your desert cravings covered, as Lynda brings you back in time to memories of your grandma’s favourite treats. Gathering inspiration from her own grandmother, Lynda bakes all sorts of desserts and has something for everyone. This is the type of baking you’ll want to bring to a family event and claim as your own! Selling out of the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market on a weekly basis, Grandma Garrett’s is also a favourite of the Lanark County Harvest Festival. Be sure to drop in and let Grandma Garrett satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s truly a taste of home for everyone!

Farmer Profile: Patricia Morgan

From a young age, Patricia Morgan was fascinated by her grandmother’s baking creations. She would lend a hand any time she could to discover the hand-me-down secrets her grandmother had to making the perfect goodies. Now, Pat’s Sweet Temptations brings Patricia’s grandmother’s baking alive through numerous treats. Most famously, Pat creates incredible home-made cakes that are hand-decorated for all occasions. After years of learning from relatives and in school, Pat now owns her own business and shares her talents with her community. Be sure to pick up some decadent desserts at the Lanark County Harvest Festival on September 9th!

Farmer Profile: Sylvia Van Oort
“About 20 years ago a good friend came to me with an idea: she had two children being married that July, and wondered whether I would plant a few rows of flowers in my then large vegetable garden, to cut from for the celebrations. It sounded like a great challenge and it was the beginning of my ever-growing cut flower business, innocently started with two little rows and now about 3 acres of perennials, woodies, bulbs, annuals, and greenhouses. It actually turned out very nice that first summer, and not without surprises, something that I have kept in mind ever since.”
​- Sylvia Van Oort

Find Sylvia at the Lanark County Harvest Festival, taking place on Sunday, September 9th at Beckwith Park (1319 9th Line, Beckwith).

Farmer Profile: Sheila Zeiman

Home baker Sheila Zeiman has been a staple in Lanark County Farmers’ Markets for several years. Located in Lanark, Sheila creates baked to order, wedding, birthday goodies and so much more. Bewitching treats has serviced Lanark County and surrounding areas for quite some time, while also becoming a very popular destination for visitors of the annual Lanark County Harvest Festival. Be sure to stop by to see Sheila and pick up your favourite baked goods at the Harvest Festival taking place Sunday, September 9th from 11:00 to 4:00 at Beckwith Park.