Nova Scotia markets, not in everything

Maple syrup curry, which I have now seen on three restaurant menus in so many days.

Amateur crafts are extremely common, as in New Zealand.  It is a plausible claim that the blueberries here are the world's best.  Natives claim it has Canada's warmest winter.

At Peggy's Cove a ragged Scot-looking woman blew loudly into bagpipes, thereby competing for donor attention with a ragged Scot-looking woman punching an accordion and wailing, all to the detriment of the Coase theorem.

For a while George Washington held out hope that Nova Scotia would join in the rebellion against the British crown.  Later American ships attacked Lunenberg several times, starting in 1782, mostly for reasons of plunder.

In 1790 black Nova Scotians were strongly encouraged to move to what is now Sierra Leone.  There was a second "purge" of black residents in the 1960s, when the neighborhood of Africville was torn down and its residents were encouraged to leave.  Black residents were prominent in the history of Nova Scotia although it seems this is being forgotten.

Overall this is an underrated tourist destination (it is an easy direct flight from Dulles) and I recommend Lesley Choyce's Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea.

Don Boudreau is prominently represented in the Halifax museum collection.

They don't do much with it (avoid the cream sauce), but arguably Nova Scotia has the best seafood in all of NAFTA.  No way do they ship the good lobsters out.


Don Boudreau is dead?!?!

And I thought he only carved up ideas....

I laughed out loud at the Coase remark.

Natives claim it has Canada's warmest winter.

I was all but certain this was wrong, and I was right.

And New Brunswick has the world's best (and most) blueberries. Whenever you eat a blueberry, there's a 60% chance that it was grown in NB.

Dan Four's comment is typical of the dark side of the Maritimes: people who self-identify as victims seldom go very far in the world. Successful people from the Maritimes are almost always "from" the Maritimes. Those few who return to contribute to the economy are then branded as feudal tyrants. Sigh.

You are correct, Shawn. That said, I'm not sure rainy and 4C is necessarily better than snowy and -5C.

Anyway, for winter weather, I'll take Calgary above any other place in Canada. When I first lived there, I refused to believe the thermometer when read from 0C to -12C. No way, it had to be much warmer than that. -10C there is like 0C in Montreal thanks to the lack of moisture and all that sun. With so little rain/snow, so much sunshine, and the Chinooks, it make winter much more bearable. Only downside is that you have to apply lotion everyday after showering or your skin quickly dries out, but that's much easier than spending countless morning digging your car out of the snow or not seeing the sun for several consecutive days.

The best blueberries I have ever had are the wild ones picked in central Quebec. Smaller than the grocery store ones, but much sweeter and more flavorful. However, they're pretty expensive.

Speaking of lobsters (link from Naked Capitalism), here's a story about "the tragedy of the bottoms":

"Lobster wars rock remote Maine island"

It would help greatly, locals say, if the state would approve their request to create an official Matinicus fishing zone where outsiders would be barred from setting traps—similar to zones off two other Maine islands, Monhegan and Swan's.

Clayton Philbrook, whose family has been here since the 1820s, says he doesn't want his son, Nick—a 28-year-old who named his boat "Destitute"—to be the last of the Philbrook line to fish here.

"If we lose control of the bottom so people can't make a living, the town's gone. That's it," Clayton Philbrook said. "And we don't want that."

Find yourself amidst a wonderful mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, sweet treats and lively entertainment at a Nova Scotia food market. Updated:2009-10-11 10:24
Published:2007-07-02 00:00
By Emily Kimber Nova Scotia farmer's markets
There are more than 4,000 farms in Nova Scotia, which means plenty of farmers are looking to sell what they've grown. And they're working together to do so, through the Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative, a group that promotes markets across the province through their partnerships with each other.

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