Make a Local Resolution
It’s a brand new year and folks are looking ahead to the possibilities and excitement the New Year brings. It’s also the time of year where many of us make resolutions. This year, think about making a resolution that’s not only good for you, but good for Nova Scotia. Add more local food to your life in 2016.
You don’t have to change everything you eat. Just keep local on your mind when you shop. A local item or two in your cart each time you shop can make a big difference. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Resolve to know what’s available. It’s winter, and maybe you think it’s too difficult to eat local this time of year. The trick is to know what’s available, and we’ve got a handy “What’s in Season” guide to fill you in.
In addition to local vegetables and produce, many local meats including fish, pork, beef, chicken and more are available all year. Do you like blueberries? How about maple syrup or honey? What about fresh baked bread or local eggs? You get the idea. There are plenty of options.
Resolve to ask what’s local. Whether you’re at your local grocery store or a farmers’ market, all you have to do is ask a staff member, “What’s local?” They know the story on where their products come from and they’ll probably be able to make suggestions you might not have thought about.
Resolve to try something new. Have you ever had a haskap berry? We grow them in Nova Scotia and you can find delicious local haskap products like jam in grocery stores and markets. How about Nova Scotia wine, craft beer, spirits or cider? We make them all right here and they are good…really good. Many are winning at national and international competitions.
Resolve to get out there. There’s no better way to shake of the winter blahs than getting out of the house. And a trip to a local farmers’ market is a fun social activity and a great place to find local food. Our friends at Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia have a list of markets throughout the province including those that are open all winter. There’s even a new addition opening January 30th – The Antigonish Winter Market. You can find the full list of markets here.
We wish you the best of health and happiness in 2016.