Harrowsmith Mag Spring 2020

Press Release – Spring 2020 Harrowsmith Mag

We have a vision! It made sense to run with the momentum of 2020 as Harrowsmith’s visionary year. 20/20 vision is a term that describes normal visual acuity (sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. This year can be your own opportunity for greater clarity, new insights and even some eye rolls at every […]

We have a vision!

It made sense to run with the momentum of 2020 as Harrowsmith’s visionary year. 20/20 vision is a term that describes normal visual acuity (sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. This year can be your own opportunity for greater clarity, new insights and even some eye rolls at every turn (from 20 feet away, hopefully). Whether it’s a new approach to routines, experimenting in the kitchen with vegetables outside of your comfort zone, it’s all about seeing things in a different way.

In this issue, we celebrate innovations in agritourism, cooking and tea! Who knew beer and tea could be married together—successfully? This is the kind of vision we’re talking about. People who aren’t nervous about mixing a lager and London Fog, or Asian long beans with maple. We’re shining the spotlight on visionaries like the retired farmers in Saskatchewan who decided to convert their grain bins into fancy accommodations and Hurt Berry Farm founders who are blending local whiskey with maple syrup (and chili flakes!).

2020. Is this your year to see things differently? We’re ready to!

Our gardening editors Mark and Ben Cullen invite us inside their tool sheds, sharing insider intel on the their most coveted tools. Their tutorial on growing tea is self-sufficiency at its best—learn how to grow your very own cup this year! We also have a fun DIY tutorial on crafting your own tea bags.

Steve Maxwell, our Home and Property Editor, shares approachable plans for building your own potting bench with a sink. His step-by-step guide to priming a water pump should help you side-step any issues with your seasonal water system. 

Speaking of doing things differently, our Food Editor, Signe Langford, introduces readers to a shopping cart full of vegetables beyond the tried-and-true. Paired with international spices and herbs, her diverse recipes remove the intimidation factor of exotic veg like okra, Asian eggplants, Asian long beans and Bok Choi. Deep-fried okra with spicy peanut dip will be your entertaining go-to!

What else? We’re glad you asked:

  • Sit down for a cup of virtual coffee with vivacious musician Shelley Hamilton. She is a self-identified unicorn and rightly so—Shelley is a Black Nova Scotian Metis female country singer! Join Shelley on a colourful and edible walk through her beloved Dartmouth.
  • Find out why you should put Newfoundland on your radar this year with our editor-in-chief’s comprehensive guide to all the peculiar and intriguing bits of the province from cod tongue lunches to glamping at ‘Ome Sweet ‘Ome to puffin chasing in Elliston. 
  • Learn how an old quarry and industrial site in Toronto was successfully converted into Evergreen Brick Works, an urban eco-enterprise.
  • Find out how the iconic Yukon Gold potato came to be.
  • Jump from one province to another in a matter of pages: Read about goat shmurgling in Port Hope, Ontario and learn how two Saskatoon women (one of them being Joni Mitchell) met in a cubicle in Tokyo.

As always, flip to the back of our magazine for Dan Needles reliably nostalgic yarns, “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession.”

Our staples–Things We Love, A Cup of Coffee With a Local and Bookshelf are all designed to help you keep tabs on notable Canadians and what’s trending from sustainable products to must-have books. 

“Each issue of Harrowsmith reinforces the enormous change that can result from a like-minded community. Our writers and readers are interconnected—it’s our motivation to keep doing what we do, bigger and better each edition,” says Publisher Yolanda Thornton.

“The biggest perk of being the Editor-in-Chief at Harrowsmith magazine is having the opportunity to curate ever-evolving content. My ‘job’ is to network with ambitious chefs, devout farmers, tiny towns ambassadors, talented makers, storytellers, urban romantics, coffee shop owners, beekeepers, solar winemakers—all the remarkable Canadians who make this country the envy of all others.” 

–Jules Torti, Editor-in-Chief


Harrowsmith is the only publication of its kind that can honestly dub itself “Made in Canada.” We are 100% Canadiana. In fact, if you open the magazine and inhale really deeply, you can actually smell maple syrup. Harrowsmith is published four times a year (also available in digital).

MEDIA INTERVIEWS: Publisher Yolanda Thornton, Editor-in-Chief Jules Torti, Gardening Editors Mark and Ben Cullen, Food Editor Signe Langford, Home and Property Editor Steve Maxwell, are available now for media interviews. We can provide additional copies for prize giveaways to your readers or listeners.

MEDIA IMAGES: Hi-res and lo-res images of Harrowsmith’s latest cover are available for download from our website. 

PLEASE SHARE YOUR REVIEW: We would appreciate receiving a copy of your review or interview for our files, or at least a heads-up so we can post on our socials and webpage. Thanks!

Jules Torti
Jules Torti

Jules Torti’s work has been published in The Vancouver Sun, The Globe & Mail, travelife, Canadian Running and Coast Mountain Culture. With experiences as a canoe outtripper, outdoor educator, colouring book illustrator and freelancer, she is thrilled to be able to curate, write and read about the very best things in life.


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