Green thumbs up in Quyon

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Kate Aley

A new couple is digging deep to grow food for the people of the Pontiac. Welcome Maxime L'Heureux and Sandrine Lariviere (above), proud co-owners of the Chêne Blanc market garden.

Look for this sign!

Lariviere is originally from Quyon. She met L'Heureux while studying horticulture in Montreal. The couple purchased a house on Clarendon Street and awaiting their first child within a few weeks. The farm is a 9000 square foot plot at Domaine Pontiac Village on Cemetery Road in Quyon. Right now, Chê​ne Blanc sells seasonal produce like radishes, lettuce, kale and beets. Longer-season crops such as tomatoes, melons and squash are on their way.

Yum. From left: carrots, kale, lettuce and zucchini.

"It's our first year and we are using organic methods while working towards certification," said Lariviere. "Maxime is interested in forest food and we hope to expand into products like tomato sauce with wild mushrooms."

Sweet baby turnips.

Promoting fresh local produce is a goal for the couple. "We can all grow what we need to be self-sufficient in the summer," said Lariviere. "People need to learn about what grows here and how fresh food can taste. [Customers] comment that our lettuce stays crunchy for a week; that is because it did not travel for days in a truck; it's because it was grown here."

Unusual delicious pickled radishes.

"We are starting small but plan to grow," said Lariviere. Restaurants and caterers wanting fresh, locally grown produce should contact Chê​ne Blanc to arrange a partnership.

Chê​​ne Blanc is at the Bristol Farmers market every Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm until mid-October.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Luskville craft bazaar

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Kate Aley

Slippery driving and chilly weather did not deter participants from attending the annual craft bazaar and breakfast event at the Luskville Community Centre on Sunday, November 19th.

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