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Links to Farms and Markets

Agassiz, BC - Canadian Hazelnuts
Grow, process and sell a variety of hazelnut products including fresh, roasted, candied, chocolate bark, Certified Organic nuts, flour, protein powder, and cold pressed hazelnut oil. 6682 Lougheed (#7) Highway | 604-796-2136 | Canadianhazelnut@telus.net

Grand Forks, BC - Jerseyland Organics
Jerseyland Organics dairy products are made from 100% certified organic Jersey milk from their own herd of dairy cows. At Jerseyland, they produce organic cheeses and yogurts and believe in the humane treatment of animals and the responsible stewardship of their farmlands.

Nelson, BC - All Seasons Cafe
A small, beautiful, busy and buzzing eatery filled with a spectrum of local characters. Oddly located in a downtown back alley and always using local ingredients when possible.

Nelson, BC - Cottonwood Market
Regional farmers and producers every Saturday at Cottonwood Falls Park

Calgary, AB - Casey's Heirlooms of Airdrie
Every single seed has been harvested from my organic backyard garden in Airdrie, Alberta. I bag my blossoms with homemade Tulle fabric bags to prevent cross-pollination. To clean my seeds I only use natural fermentation method - never any harsh chemicals. Seed catalogue available.

Boissevain, MB - Room To Grow
Was the first commercial greenhouse in Manitoba to offer certified organic bedding plants in 1994. Specializes in a diversity of medicinal and culinary herb seedlings. You'll also find open pollinated vegetable seedlings, and native perennial flower seedlings and annual flower seedlings. The family maintains a strawbale guesthouse.

Clearwater, MB - Harvest Moon Society
A growing group of farm families who are committed to connecting producers with both urban and rural customers to distribute locally produced food and contribute to an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable food system.

Lang, ON - Lang Pioneer Village
Established by the County of Peterborough in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area. The village is the site of David Fife's 1820's log cabin. Fife, who at the age of 15 emigrated from Scotland to Canada, was one of the first farmers who realized that the European strains of wheat were not suited to the Canadian climate. (see November 22, 2007 episode)

Tamworth, ON - The Bakery
Proud to serve you SLOW FOOD. Organics, local naturally raised meats, local unpasteurized honey.

Ottawa, ON - ByWard Market
Established in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.

Shediac, NB - Shediac ("Lobster Capital of the World")
Shediac is world renowned for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks, and famous Lobster Festival.

Charlottetown, PEI - Charlottetown Farmers' Market
The Charlottetown Farmer's Market has a wide variety of traditional market fare, including but not limited to fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood and pastries. There is also more prepared food available than in most markets of similar size and scope, including various International foods ranging from Indian and African to Italian. A wide variety of organic produce is available as well as prepared meats such as sausage and smoked salmon.

St. John's, NL - Bianca's
Fine dining showcasing the tastes of Newfoundland; from the wild woods to the sea, their menu reflects local flavours.

The Route

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Interviews

May 15, 2008 Cross-Canada Trike Tour I
(Victoria, BC - Grand Forks, BC)

June 12, 2008 Cross-Canada Trike Tour II
(Nelson, BC - Prawda, MB)

July 10, 2008 Cross-Canada Trike Tour III
(Prawda, BC - Ottawa, ON)

August 14, 2008 Cross-Canada Trike Tour IV
(Quebec - Newfoundland)

Audio

May 7, 2008 Mile-0 Interview
(w/correspondent Andrea Langlois)

Sinisa Grgic
Sinisa Grgic at the Cottonwood Falls Market in Nelson, BC.

Press Release

NELSON, May 7 - At 3pm on May 7, 2008, Darrick Hahn and Sinisa Grgic departed Victoria from the 0-Mile mark of the Trans-Canada and embarked on a cross-Canada journey to raise awareness of the nationally-syndicated radio program Deconstructing Dinner. The pair will be travelling by recumbent tricycles (or trikes).

Launched in January 2006 at Kootenay Co-op Radio CJLY in Nelson, BC, Deconstructing Dinner has since found its way onto the weekly schedules of 27 Canadian radio stations and many more around the world.

The show's widespread attention has been the result of two-years of in-depth investigation into a subject of growing interest to Canadians; food.

"Deconstructing Dinner looks to address the impacts our food choices have on ourselves, our communities and our planet," says Jon Steinman, the show's Producer and Host.

To date, close to 100 episodes have been produced and archived on the Deconstructing Dinner web site. Topics covered have consisted of biofuel production, genetically-engineered foods, the farm-income crisis and the decline in the nutrient content of the national food supply. Balancing the gloomy side of the industrial food system, the show takes listeners on a journey through the many innovative alternatives that groups around the world are implementing to ensure that food is produced using the most socially and environmentally responsible practices.

Cyclists Sinisa Grgic and Darrick Hahn are old high-school friends based in Southwestern Ontario and are the proprietors of Fresh Entertainment.

In the summer of 2007, Hahn stumbled across Steinman and it didn't take long for Hahn to become a fan of the show. "After listening to Deconstructing Dinner more and more, I felt compelled to spread the word about the show," says Hahn. "So as we cross the country, we will encourage everyone to listen to the show and learn more about the state of our food system."

Hahn and Grgic believe that many of our current health problems are directly, or indirectly a result of an unsustainable food system that is built solely upon profit. The trip will be focused on raising awareness and not money. "You keep your money, and with more awareness, you can choose what to do with it," says Grgic. "We hope you use it to buy healthier food from local farms in your community, or support Deconstructing Dinner, a voice that is not yet well-represented in the mainstream media today.

En route, the two cyclists will stop in at farms and markets and explore Canada's food and farming culture. "We hope to eat as locally as possible along the way, and wild plants are not off-limits," says Hahn.

Hahn and Grgic will be periodically updating a blog with photos and a journal at www.fresh-entertainment.ca, and weekly updates through phone interviews will be airing on Deconstructing Dinner each week. Archived shows can be heard by visiting www.deconstructingdinner.ca.

Contacts:
Jon Steinman,
Producer, Deconstructing Dinner,
Kootenay Co-op Radio CJLY
p: 250-352-9600
e: deconstructingdinner@cjly.net

Darrick Hahn,
Cyclist, Cross-Canada Deconstructing Dinner Trike Tour
p: 778-840-5416


Media to Date...

Mission City Record (Mission, BC)
Similkameen Spotlight (Princeton, BC)
Similkameen News Leader (Keremeos, BC)
Astral Media Radio Stations throughout Okanagan Valley (Penticton, BC)
Osoyoos Times (Osoyoos, BC)
Grand Forks Gazette (Grand Forks, BC)
CJLY - Kootenay Co-op Radio (Nelson, BC)
Nelson Daily News (Nelson, BC)
CJSW - University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta)
Brooks Bulletin (Brooks, Alberta)
Medicine Hat News (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
Prairie Post (Swift Current, Saskatchewan)
The Observer (Carlyle, Saskatchewan)
Deloraine Times & Star (Deloraine, Manitoba)
CILU - Laurentian University (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
CHLK - Lake 88.1 (Perth, Ontario)
CBC Radio (Bathurst, New Brunswick) broadcast throughout Maritimes
The Guardian (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
The Casket (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)
The Cape Breton Post (Sydney, Nova Scotia)
CHMR - Memorial University (St. John's, Newfoundland)


SUPPORTERS
Room to Grow
Kootenay Country Store Co-operative

All-Seasons Cafe

Bianca's


Darrick Hahn and Sinisa Grgic at Kootenay Co-op Radio CJLY
Darrick and Sinisa at Kootenay Co-op Radio CJLY in Nelson, BC.

Sinisa Grgic
Sinisa Grgic rolling into Nelson, BC.

Darrick and Sinisa in Nelson
Darrick and Sinisa receive media attention from the Nelson Daily News's Timothy Schafer.



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