This is a very complex and complicated issue and more than I can tackle in a single blog post. But I’d like to try and hit the highlights for you.
We have the ability to produce quite an extensive variety of excellent quality fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs & cheeses, wines and grains. And yet we cannot feed ourselves independently. And, more often than not, we choose not to purchase local goods, when they can be found cheaper elsewhere.
|A spicy pepper jelly that brings a bit of|
golden sunlight colour and summer heat
to our crackers and cheese & to our roasted
chicken sandwiches throughout the year. Yum!
|Raspberries freshly picked & ready for the freezer.|
Eating locally means that the food you are eating, if it is produce, has been picked at the most 24 hours before it comes to market. Nutrient value decreases over time. Eating locally grown food at your local farmers' market is the next best thing to growing and harvesting it, or going to a U-Pick Farm and harvesting it yourself.
|Black currents, ripe and bursting with intense scent|
and flavour, ready to be mixed with sweet and mild
flavoured saskatoon berries to make the most
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Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee