Why eat local? July 23, 2015 09:00

Eat Local
For your health - freshly harvested ingredients have a higher nutritional value, as well as a better flavor profile. You can really taste the difference between a store bought tomato and one picked fresh the same day.
Keeps you in tune with the seasonal changes. Every season brings new types of ingredients and leads to new discoveries to play with in the kitchen.
Help save the environment - eating local plays a large part on your environmental footprint, as buying regionally consumes significantly less oil and gas than ingredients sourced out of country. 
Buying local foods preserves demand for green spaces and farmland, thereby providing healthy air and soil for years to come.
Supporting local food businesses helps keep money within the local economy, which in turn contributes to stronger more resilient communities.


How to eat local?

Grow your own food! Need help? Consult Victory Gardens

Head to the closest neighborhood Farmer’s market. There are currently seven different markets to choose from across Vancouver (http://eatlocal.org)

Local Farmers Markets!
Sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) Box: A locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution which offers seasonal, fresh, local produce for weekly pick-up over the course of the growing season. Some farms that offer CSA boxes in metro Vancouver include:

o Sole Food Farms (Vancouver)

o Urban Digs (Burnaby)

o Glorious Organics (Aldergrove)

o Sweet Digz (Richmond)

o Fresh Roots (East Vancouver)

o Zaklan Heritage Farm (Surrey)

o Fresh Roots (East Vancouver)

o Protein Boxes:

Seafood box program

Beasty box (http://www.urbandigsfarm.com/pages/beasty-box)

 

Don't have time to cook? Here are some Farm-to-table restaurants in Metro Vancouver to choose from:

o Harvest Community Foods (Vancouver)

o Farmers Apprentice (Vancouver)

o Oyster Express (Vancouver)

o Le Marche St George (East Vancouver)

o Heartwood Community Cafe (East Vancouver) 

o Graze Restaurant (East Vancouver)

o Gudrun (Richmond)

o Living Cafe (Steveston)


Can't commit to any of the above?
Local food at Grocery StoresLook for local signs in your grocery store, as many larger chain stores are now supporting local ingredients. Buy ‘choose local,’ and it will make an impact on where these companies source their products.


What's in season now?

Produce: Apricots, Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Carrots, Chard, Cherries, Collards, Corn, Eggplant, Fava Beans, Green Onions, Hazelnuts, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Peaches, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Raspberries, Sprouts, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips
Meat and Seafood: Halibut, Pork, Salmon, Turkey, Chicken, Cheese (Goat & Cow's milk), Eggs


Now that you know the ins and outs of eating local, I recommended starting off with small gradual steps, rather than taking too much on at the beginning, as it can be overwhelming. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, eating and buying local is not only good for your body and the environment- it’s also fun!

Now go get LOCAL!