Why eat local? July 23, 2015 09:00
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)
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)
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?
Look 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!