A virtual celebration of Mississauga's historic and urban agricultural practices
Did you know that Clarkson Village was once known as the Strawberry Capital of Ontario? Follow the links below to learn more about the history of growing and harvesting food in Mississauga, and meet the people today that are making sure our community has access to fresh food grown locally. We wouldn't have much of a harvest without pollinators, so you will also find webinars and resources to incorporate pollinator-friendly plants into your garden. Free crafts, strawberry recipes galore, and a strawberry sketch night promise fun summer activities the whole family can enjoy.
History Up Close
The Language of Flowers
The Victorians were fascinated with using the language and symbolism of flowers to deliver messages that couldn't be spoken aloud. Do you know the secret language of flowers? Take our quiz to find out.
The natural world has often been a source of inspiration for artists. Based in Clarkson, Anna Preston was a watercolour painter and naturalist. See the artworks she made to teach children about the flora and fauna of her neighbourhood. Watch video.
In October 2018, Mississauga-based artist Noelle Hamlyn took part in a design project with Co Design Abroad, traveling to Barefoot College - a women's training college in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In collaboration with the sewers and beekeepers at the college, they worked to redesign the college's beekeeping suits. Watch video.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Celebrate Blooms and Berries with a Sketch Night and learn how to sketch strawberries! Join in with your friends and family virtually and spend the evening having fun and learning new techniques. Register for Sketch Night.
Indigenous Strawberry Teachings
Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Explore traditional Indigenous strawberry teachings with Ojibway Grandmother Kim Wheatley. Kim is a multi-award winning cultural consultant who utilizes Traditional stories, songs and teachings to generate meaningful relationships based on mutual understandings and respect for the earth. Register for the event.
Native pollinators are important for local gardening. Take a tour of Jeanne's garden featuring plants native to the Credit Valley Watershed and get inspired to grow local. Watch video.
Webinar: Monarchs and Milkweed
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Learn how to protect and support endangered monarch butterflies at home and in your community. Karin Davidson-Taylor will demonstrate the importance of native milkweed plants to monarch populations and share information about other types of native flowering plants that attract and sustain native pollinators. Register for the webinar.
Webinar: Design Your Own Pollinator Garden
Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Design your own garden! Guest presenter Jeanne McRight will share all the best ways to provide food and shelter for native bees, with tips on how to incorporate beautiful textures, shapes and colours in your garden. Register for this webinar.
Digging Deep: Urban Agriculture in Mississauga Webinar
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Join Ecosource to learn about the storied history of Urban Agriculture in Mississauga. Learn what shaped our soil and city, and what urban agriculture looks like in Mississauga today. Get a new appreciation for the roots of food in our city! Register for the webinar.
Meet Your Bees: Live Beehive Tour
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Join the City of Mississauga's Forestry Team and Urban Beekeeping Company Alveole as we take a peek inside a honey beehive! Taylor, an urban beekeeper with Alveole, will showcase a day in the life of a beekeeper and the intricate workings of our hive at City Hall. Register for the tour.
Paper quilling is a popular craft which involves using rolled strips of paper to make a design. Its name comes from the fact that feather quill pens were originally used to roll the paper strips. You can pick up a free craft kit with all the material you need Saturday, July 25 from 9am to 12pm at the Benares Visitor Centre. Download the activity.
Strawberry Pin Cushion
We are bringing pin cushions back! Learn how to make your very own Strawberry Pin Cushion by following the instructions from a 1940's magazine!You can pick up a free craft kit with all the material you need Saturday, July 25 from 9am to 12pm at the Benares Visitor Centre. Download the activity.
Strawberry Box Planter
Did you know that you can re-use a plastic strawberry container as a greenhouse? Follow these instructions to make your own mini garden. Download the activity.
Storytime with the Mississauga Library
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 11:00am
Celebrate Blooms and Berries with a Mississauga Library Facebook Live Storytime. Join us for an interactive program with stories, songs, rhymes and early literacy activities that the whole family will continue to can enjoy together at home. Tune into Mississauga Library on Facebook Live at 11:00am
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bake-Along
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Join us for a virtual bake-along as we make and bake a classic Ontario Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in the 1918 kitchen at Benares Historic House. Register for the activity.
Making strawberry jam was a common method of preserving fresh strawberries. Watch and learn how to make this summer favourite using a wood stove. Watch video.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Watch how we make handchurned Strawberry Ice Cream in the 1840's Bradley Museum kitchen. Watch video.
Strawberry Recipe Book
These are some of our favourite strawberry recipes to make at the Museums of Mississauga. We can't wait to be able to share them with you in person but until then you can try them at home. Download recipe book.
Don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen? Looking for a quick meal, that is also healthy and filling? Well look no further, check out Allin Mikuna Soups - a family run business that provides soups in jars and so much more! They use certified organic products and try to keep their footprint as small as possible. www.allinmikuna.com
Discover the difference nature makes! As a Holistic Nutritionist and a Herbologist, Gabi Star created this line of natural, sustainable body care products with the intention of healing. This line is more holistic than just cosmetic. Each oil is derived from plants which have individual and specific healing properties. Use discount code BLOOMS and save 10% on your next order! www.captainjamies.com
Founded by Colleen Lowe in the 90s, Enfleurage became a fully organic company in 2015. Colleen is here to help you live a healthier life and help Mother Nature get her life cleaned up too! Throughout all these years Colleen has been a vendor at various farmers markets getting out to meet the people and tell them about the love and care that goes into making her products outstanding. www.makesoap.ca
Cool off on these hot summer days with a hand-crafted locally made popsicle! Hippie Pops use local and organic ingredients whenever possible and are plant-based and free of gluten, preservatives, additives and artificial colour. No Nuts either! Buy 6 individual pops made from local Ontario Strawberries, get 1 free! www.hippiepops.ca
We love our local pollinators and so does Steve's Bees! They have been in operation since 2005 and have guided their practice on environmental principles. Steve's Bees uses a beeyard that is organically operated while producing delicious raw honey. Raw honey is unheated and not micro-filtered, which preserves the naturally occurring pollens, enzymes, probiotics, and flavours! www.stevesbeeshoney.com
Teddy Bee Honey Company
Pollinators are our friends and the Teddy Bee Honey Company knows it! Teddy Bee Honey Company is a boutique operation managing a small number of pampered hives. The bees are managed in the most holistic way possible. At Teddy Bee Honey Company they pride themselves on producing the highest quality, all natural and 100% pure Ontario honey. www.teddybeehoney.com
Lakeview Farmers' Market
Sundays, 10:00 am to 2:00pm from June 28 to October 11
Discover the new Lakeview Farmers' market offering local, sustainable, organic and artisanal products for sale. The market features locally grown and sourced produce, small batched products, meats, baked goods, preserves, jams, maple syrup and artisan products. www.creativehub1352.ca/lakeviewfarmersmarket
MCLC Lion's Farmers' Market
Wednesdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm from July 8 to October 21
Eat fresh and shop local this summer at Celebration Square. This favourite central market offers a broad variety of items including homemade preserves and honey, baked goods, locally produced wine and Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables. Learn more.
Erin Mills Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3:00pm to 7:00pm from July 9 to October 8
A low waste, big ecological footprint market! Selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, dairy, eggs, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, meat, prepared foods and more. www.erinmillsmarket.com/market
The food trucks at are back at Celebration Square this summer! Open 7-days per week; enjoy delicious take-away options from 11am-8pm. In an abundance of caution for our patrons at Celebration Square, cash payments will not be accepted at the food trucks.
Eat fresh and shop local this summer at Celebration Square. This favourite central market offers a broad variety of items including homemade preserves and honey, baked goods, locally produced wine and Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables.
Discover the new Lakeview Farmers' indoor/outdoor market offering local, sustainable, organic and artisanal products for sale. The market features locally grown and sourced produce, small batched products, meats, baked goods, preserves, jams, maple syrup and artisan products.
Mississauga Culture and the Living Arts Centre's Arts At Home campaign is dedicated to curating relevant resources and engaging activities that support our creative communities and industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.