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Hello, Summer!

As you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about the plants you're growing in your garden, the home projects you're beginning, and even the yummy recipes you're planning to try out on the grill. With our latest, summer issue of Harrowsmith, you’ll find some suggestions and more, plus plenty of great ideas to embark on at home this summer.
Ready to make the most of the season? Check out gardening advice from our Gardening Editor, Mark Cullen, and delicious grilled recipes from our Food Editor, Joanna Notkin, as well as tips on how to build your very own firepit. A fan of 100-mile diets and eating local? You’ll definitely want to learn about Prince Edward County’s booming farm-to-table scene. We’ve also got a great guide to Stratford, Ontario. Known for its popular Shakespeare theatre festival, Stratford is also home to gorgeous gardens, heritage architecture and delectable taste trails. If you’re into shabby chic, our antiquing guide will help you find some of the best places to score antique treasures across Canada. We also profile an enviable Vancouver Island green home that employs some shabby chic of its own in its eco-friendly mission—it’s an excellent example of what we can all do at home to live a little more green. 
We’ll be back in the fall with our next issue and more terrific stories and ideas, including our annual seed guide, a winter-prep checklist and a look at the future of farming. The issue marks our 40th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion, none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written the foreword. We are incredibly honoured to have him share this occasion with us.
Look for our fall issue on newsstands or subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Click here to subscribe. Sign up for one year for $30, or enjoy our special offer of $72 for a three-year subscription. 
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What’s new with Harrowsmith
 
To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Harrowsmith and the launch of Harrowsmith Now, we’re hosting a Thaddeus Barnes contest starting August 29, 2016. In 1912, Canadian inventor Barnes went on a journey across Canada, hiding six copper cylinders containing pieces of a brass key that would unlock a safe with his secrets and fortune—the only clues left behind were in a recently discovered notebook. Now you can unravel the mystery of The Strange Copper Cylinders of Thaddeus Barnes. You’ll have the exclusive opportunity to examine each page of Barnes’ remarkable notebook on the Harrowsmith Now website and on Facebook.
Stay tuned and visit us online at harrowsmithmagazine.com to learn about this and other events and happenings. While you’re at it, check out Harrowsmith Now for more interesting stories, audio and videos created especially for mobile devices and tablets. 
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Charred-Corn Salsa with Peach Vinaigrette

Nothing says summer like peaches and corn. And using in-season ingredients means that you don’t need to fully cook the corn on the barbecue—simply char it over a hot flame. To best enjoy this salsa’s crisp, bright flavour, eat it the same day that you prepare it. 

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

3 ears of fresh summer corn, shucked

1/2 medium red onion, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rings and lightly oiled

2 small peaches, pitted and quartered

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 heaping tsp honey

Juice from 1/2 lime, about 1 tbsp

2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro or parsley

METHOD

Heat the barbecue to around 500°F to 600°F. Place the ears of corn right on the hot grill and rotate by quarter turns as each side begins to char, about 10 minutes total. Meanwhile, place the lightly oiled onion rings and the peach quarters on the barbecue as well. Turn them over as soon as the first side has charred and is partly cooked: the onion should be just softened, not fully cooked and falling apart, and the peaches should be warmed through but not mushy. Once everything has been charred, remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

To make the vinaigrette, place the grilled peaches, olive oil, salt, honey and lime juice in a food processor and blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

Once the ears of corn are slightly cooled, slice off the kernels and place in a bowl. Chop the onion into 1/4-inch pieces. Add the onion and cilantro to the corn and toss with about three-quarters of the vinaigrette. At this point, you can decide whether to add more lime juice, salt or vinaigrette to taste. The size of the ears of corn and peaches vary greatly in the warm summer months, so adjust this recipe to your liking and enjoy!

Check out another fresh, delicious warm-weather recipe from the Summer edition of Harrowsmith on our website.

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Solar Power—Are You Ready?

Solar power has been on our radars for a while, yet why aren’t more people doing it? Harrowsmiths own Marty Seto recently took the leap, and he has only positive things to say about the experience. Still, although it was worth the investment, he explores how this renewable energy—certainly better for our planet—is not necessarily good for our country’s pocketbook, since the market requires our government subsidize it in order to galvanize homeowners into adopting it. As Marty points out, it’s not a sustainable solution, but neither is relying on non-renewable resources. While different provinces across the country try out various pricing models, Marty also looks at how other countries are making solar panels work. Read his complete story from the Summer edition of Harrowsmith on our website.
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Tip: Mosquito-Repellant Plants
 
Everyone loves summer; unfortunately, the warmer season brings the arrival of pesky mosquitoes who spread disease. Repellants can be smelly and uncomfortable, not to mention toxic. Keep your next backyard barbecue party from getting buggy by growing plants that will help prevent their occurrence. Citronella geranium, lemongrass and lavender, as well as herbs like basil, peppermint and rosemary, are easy to grow and give off a pleasant scent that mosquitoes avoid.
 
Plant them in patio borders and deck containers, which are near high-use areas in your yard, or make a table-setting bouquet out of cut branches and leaves. Before your guests arrive, cut, crush or bruise the plants to release their scent and ward off mosquitoes.
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