Fresh bread, cinnamon buns, pizza in an outdoor brick oven, yummmm!

The Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardens are excited to support the building of two wood-fired brick ovens (one in Almonte and one in Carleton Place). These sister community ovens are being built along the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail. The oven in Almonte will be built on library land close to the Almonte Farmers Market, while a location for the oven in Carleton Place is yet to be chosen.

This is an exciting project because community members will be able to participate in all aspects: building, training, baking and most importantly eating. Residents of both Carleton Place and Almonte will share in the bounty in their communities and, by means of the rail trail, with other communities.

There is still a lot to do to make the friendship oven project successful. So far, only half the funds have been raised to cover the materials and building of the ovens. The Elizabeth Kelly Foundation has generously donated part of the funding for the two ovens. Community residents are encouraged to raise the remaining funds and volunteer to make the ovens a reality. Donations are welcome and are a huge help in making each oven successful.

The process of building the oven in Almonte will begin soon.  Under the guidance of heritage mason, Sean MacKenzie, lucky participants will learn the craft of oven building for themselves and physically assist in the building of all aspects of the oven. Spots in the workshop series are $100 each and are open to interested and willing community members. Participants will leave with everything they need to know to build their own oven. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Almonte Library for all interested.

All members of the community will be welcome to participate in the use of the ovens to make delicious breads. The ovens will bring collaboration and sharing among neighbours as well as activities and events around homemade food. Training is available for community groups interested in using the oven. We are looking for food-loving community members to be the first users and help teach others how to use the oven.

To get involved and to receive updates on the Friendship Oven Project, email and follow The Neighbourhood Tomato on Facebook.

I can already smell the fresh bread!