Strawberries in Winter

I’m a big supporter of buying locally.  Well, at least when it comes to food.  It makes sense on so many levels.  First, you reduce the amount of pollution it takes to get that food to your table.  If it doesn’t have to travel as far to get from the farm (because food does come from farms…people tend to forget that) to your table, you don’t have to burn excessive amounts of petrol.  It sounds simple, but really, it is.

Also, by buying locally, you support your local farmers, who are some of the damn hardest working people you will ever meet.  You are supporting your own local economy.

Even better than that, the food just tastes better.  I bought some peaches a couple of weeks ago from a farmer’s market and they were the best peaches I have had in my life.  I told everybody I knew about them like I had grown them myself.  I also picked up a lot of corn and other stuff, all of which temporarily changed my life on the way from mouth to belly…and even after as I sat on the patio contemplating how everything tastes better when followed by a beer.

Anyway, buy your fruits and vegetables in season.  That’s how it is supposed to work.  Strawberries in winter just isn’t right.  If you are in the GTA, here is a guide to organics from Vitality Magazine. You can also check here for a guide to farmers’ markets in Ontario courtesy of Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

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