This is my favourite time of the year as we start to see all sorts of fresh and local produce at the farmers’ markets.
Wild leeks, asparagus and, soon, fresh berries – to name a few.
Buying local has become a religion, I cannot bring myself to buying any of these items,if they come from lands far and beyond, at any other time of year. They just don’t have the same taste, texture or nutritive value.
As a mid-20th century child, born in Baghdad, fresh and local was the only way to eat. For example, I did not taste celery or mushrooms until we moved to Canada.
When we moved to Canada in 1966 most of the fresh food my mother bought, from various markets, was local.
But as farmlands were turned into suburban subdivisions (my parents bought a house in one of those subdivisions), and transportation networks increased, more and more of our foods came from further and further away.
When I went to live in Paris I was reintroduced to the concept of buying local. There were regular farmers’ markets held in specific locations on any day of the week. I loved the idea of buying vegetables that had just been picked the day before or that morning, directly from the farmer that grew them. Going to the farmer’s markets was also a social outing, as I got several marriage proposals from farmers … but I digress.
Now in 2018 I still strive to buy local produce – as you will see if you take a look at my previous posts.
We in Southern Ontario are lucky to live near the some of Canada’s best farmlands and many small farms have cropped up (excuse the pun), producing great organic produce. These endeavours, like those located in other provinces and even the territories, are working very hard to produce good quality vegetables, meats and dairy and we need to support them.
How about you?
Are you as passionate as I am about where your food comes from?
Asparagus is a good source of:
Beta carotene (pro vitamin. A), Folic acid, Fibre and Potassium and has a low glycemic index.
Wild leeks are a good source of:
Pro- Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Selenium and Chromium
Improve your community and your nutrition with local produce!