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Montgomery’s Inn and the INNovators present

Get INNside! A Celebration for our Winter Market and World Food Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

In 180 years, Montgomery’s Inn has been a family farm, a tavern, an inn, a family home, a rental farm, a church, and a museum. Forty years ago the community saved the Inn from the wrecker’s ball, restoring it to open as a museum and community hub. We celebrate the Inn’s roots as a working farm with the farmers’ market that started in 2010. In 2011, volunteers funded an outdoor bake oven to supply bread for the farmers’ market. Montgomery’s Inn continues to be a meeting place for food, community, education and the sharing of ideas.

Get INNside! will bring people together in the spirit of food, conversation, advocacy and education. With World Food Day approaching (October 16), we will explore how a community museum can become a catalyst for change. We’ll also mark the change of seasons and appreciate the last three weeks of our outdoor summer market, before it moves indoors for the winter season, beginning on Wednesday, November 4.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

2 to 6 p.m.

  • Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn outside in the parking lot (as usual).

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Mini-tours of the Inn will be available.
  • Montgomery’s Inn musicians Ken Purvis and Jill Lefaive will play in the historic tavern.
  • Retired public health inspector and cartoonist Jim Chan will offer fun information about safe food handling.
  • InPrint Collective will silkscreen farmers’ market shopping bags in the Briarly Room. The bags will have the farmers’ market “Year Round”
    screened on them.
  • Montgomery’s Inn volunteer art committee member Claire Tatangelo will be produce a series of drawings of museum artifacts connected to food; participants can watch or join in.
  • 1847 Flour Company will be onsite to give information about their heritage flour, which will be used to make recipes in the historic kitchen.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Handmade pizza will be made by the Montgomery’s Inn Youth Project using local ingredients from the farmers’ market and the outdoor bake oven.
  • Downstairs in the Community Room, squash soup from a historic recipe will simmer over the fire and scones will be baked in the hearth bake oven.
  • In the historic kitchen on the ground floor, historic cook Sarah Hood will bake historic recipes using 1847 flour while a soldier’s stew made from an 1812 Fort York recipe from 1812 is offered for tasting.
  • Chef Sharon Booy will work with the MICAP youth in the kitchen to make a healthy recipe from produce from the farmers’ market.
  • In the tavern, farmers’ market vendors will offer tastings: salsa from Samsara Fields, pickles from Spade and Spoon, smoked salmon from The
    Smoke Bloke, Montgomery’s Inn wood-fired oven bread and pickled eggs from Bee’s Universe, along with a historic porter cake and desserts from More than Pies.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special guest speaker Wayne Roberts will speak about food and winter markets in the Community Room, followed by music for dancing!

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • The 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. activities will continue.

7:30 to 9 p.m.

  • Montgomery’s Inn musicians Ken Purvis and Jill Lefaive will play in the historic tavern.
  • Tastings from Great Lakes Brewery and Tawse Winery will be available for sale. Coffee, tea and water will also be served.

Thoughout the event:

  • Four art exhibits will be on display throughout the Inn:
    Community Room: “The Haunted Canvas”: Hallowe’en paintings by Nancy Bennett, Elaine Ford, Linda Langerak, Brigitte Meskey, Ingrid Mueller, Dave Rheaume and Ross Rheaume.
  • Briarly Room: “To Feed a Planet”: A selection from a series exhibited at the 2013 Contact photography festival by JP Gural and Soyoung Lee.
  • Hallway Gallery: “Stories from the Market: Farmers and Vendors of the Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market”, a photo exhibit by Clement Edokpayi, curated by OCAD student Tak Pham. (The artists will be in attendance.)
  • Main entrance: Posters about World Food Day by elementary students from Islington Junior Middle School.

Admission: Free. Donations welcome to support The Stop Community Food Centre.