After posting the first video of my “veggie unboxing” (watch Episode 1 by clicking here) I’ve had lots of conversations about supporting your local economy and what exactly that means.
There are many aspects to this question, but the simplest way to answer is to reference the book, Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket. The author Brian Halweil states that, in comparison to imported produce,
“A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy.”Brian Halweil
Which translates into money spent to improve schools, making streets safer and maintaining parks in your community – and keeping all of those creative, independent shops, restaurants and cafes in business. I wrote extensively about this is my blog titled – Farmer’s Market or Big Organic? 5 things to consider when choosing where to buy your produce.
When you shop for local food, such as farmers markets or CSA boxes, you’re also contributing to the livelihood of the sustainably minded local farmer, an invaluable member of any community. If local farmers continue to be supported they’ll be able to hold on to their biodiverse acres of farmland, which means more green spaces and better oxygen for all of us to enjoy.
To inspire and inform your local shopping habits, I have two new unboxing videos for you. And this time, the farmers make an appearance!
- In Part 1 of Episode 2, I chat with Kathleen from Ottawa Valley Farm to Fork about some potent vegetables – one that’s nature’s viagra, one that’s super high in calcium and two that are high in folate (a B vitamin that helps with red blood cell formation).
- In Part 2 of Episode 2, I pick up my share from one of Rooted Oak’s pick up points (the Piggy Market). Nikki and I chat about the benefits of customizing your box, and at the end I show you something really cool that only Rooted Oak is offering (hint: you can’t eat it but it smells lovely).
No matter the season, tell me what local foods you’re enjoying. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below the video.
Always remember: Tasty food and healthy food are not mutually exclusive.