Column: August 11, 2016

17th Annual Garlic Festival

The Carp Farmers’ Market is hosting the 17th Annual Garlic Festival on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. The Carp Fairgrounds will be home to what has grown to be the largest garlic festival in Canada!

Running from 8am-3pm on Saturday and 10am-3pm on Sunday, there will be over 120 booths showcasing 35 dedicated garlic vendors selling fresh garlic, garlic spreads, dips, braids and baskets. Over 60 varieties of garlic will be featured for buyers to taste and try, along with information sessions on choosing, growing and harvesting the bulb as well as cooking demonstrations.

Enjoy the variety of the festival’s huge international food court, its ample parking, wheel chair accessibility and free admission.

Wild Parsnip update

Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun.

The City of Ottawa has a comprehensive strategy to control the spread of Wild Parsnip. The strategy includes both herbicide application as well as accelerated mowing cycles. The city is also mapping infestation levels to show the spread of the plant, and conducting an education and public health awareness campaign.

To date, over 800 kms of roadsides as well as over 50 parkland areas have been treated with the herbicide application (Clearview). Accelerated early season mowing cycles have been utilized in areas with medium to light infestation levels, whereas herbicide application has been focused on heavily infested roadsides and in parkland adjacent to active recreational play.

The Public Works Department will continue to work with internal and external stakeholders to explore ways to reduce the spread of Wild Parsnip in the City of Ottawa and put in place strategies to educate the public on the health risks of Wild Parsnip.

More detailed information on Wild Parsnip can be found on ottawa.ca, including photos of what the plant looks like and tips on how to avoid coming in contact with it.