Growing up my grandparents spent a large part of July through October canning and freezing. They were like squirrels stocking up for winter. The fruit cellar in their basement was abundant at this time of year and winter long we would enjoy jams, pickles, sauces, fruits and vegetables that were all local and that had a very small carbon footprint and had no packaging associated.
For my grandparents, the only way to ensure they had fruits and vegetables winter long was to preserve them. We live in a different time, a time when we can get produce year-round from all corners of the earth. While this has health benefits for eating fresh, it also has environmental impacts. The more we eat food that is grown closer to home, the gentler we are being on mother earth.
So, what if you want to eat fresh produce and minimize your environmental impact and you live in Eastern Ontario? As the harvest season comes to an end we will share with you what’s local (within 100 km) and what’s regional (from Ontario and Quebec), so that you can include more locally sourced produce in your diet. On our store we indicate the origin of produce and we identify local and regional produce. Check out this blog post to learn more.
November Local Produce at goodfood2u
Carrots and Rainbow Carrots
Red, Green and Savoy Cabbage
Red and Green Kohlrabi
Sprouts and Micro-greens
Lettuce from Growcer
Green Pepper Squash
Green and Black Kale
Red, Yellow and Green Onions
Potatoes (Russet, Yellow, Red)
We also of course will have a variety of Quebec and Ontario produce in addition to all this local food!
With so much local produce available it’s easy to minimize your environmental footprint. Year round we offer our Provincial Box, where we select local produce, plus produce from Ontario and Quebec to offer you variety in eating local each week! Eating local isn’t boring – there are lots of options!