Archive for November, 2008

Local Eating on CBC

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

This morning Tanny heard a story on CBC (Metro Morning, Toronto) about local eating. The host interviewed Jamie Kennedy. Link to the audio file is here. Let us know if it expires. UPDATE: The link has expired – thanks Laurel!

From Tanny:

Here’s the gist of it:  

Jane and Jamie discussed the local eating movement in the Toronto area, focussed mainly on the restaurant owner’s perspective. Jamie partnered with Thermador and worked with local growers to film vignettes showing his take on local eating and how you prepare a winter feast using locally grown produce.   Jamie is currently working with local growers to set up a chefs’ wholesale market at Evergreen Brickworks to make local produce more accessible to restaurants.  He hopes that by allowing the growers connect directly with the end users, the prices of local produce would become affordable for more people.  There’s a new winter farmers market in Toronto – Green Barn Farmer’s Market at Wychwood Heights.




Off the wagon?

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

We’ve enjoyed our summer of local and organic farm fresh vegetables, thanks to our weekly csa share from Plan B.  It made eating locally so easy.  When it ended a couple of weeks ago, we decided to sign up for their fall/winter share as well.  While they have a “local only” option, we decided against it.  I was getting a bit tired eating apples and pears only for fruits, and could not fathom the idea of eating only apples, pears and root vegetables all winter.  I figured by participating in a csa, I’m still supporting the local growers, which is one of the main reasons we’re eating local.  When I picked up my first fall share, I was very excited to see bananas and oranges.  I haven’t had them since our trip to Hawaii.  They were so good (not as good as the fresh off the tree ones in Hawaii, but pretty good).  I hadn’t realized how much I missed my citrus fruits and bananas.  Ella and I thoroughly enjoyed our oranges this week.  

Does it mean that we’re off  “local eating”? No, not really.  We’re still supporting the local farms by buying a fall/winter share at a local CSA, and we’re still buying our meats from Fresh from the Farm.  Tonight, we had a very seasonal and mostly local meal of Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake.  We’re changing our rules for local eating in winter make it work for us, so that when Spring comes, we’re ready to embrace the next growing season.