Grocery shopping is mostly considered a chore but we are truly fortunate to have the choices we are presented with in the average grocery store.

Lately, though, shopping for food has taken on a narrow focus. Buy local is the mantra for food purchases.

At first, I wondered about how difficult it would be to make such choices.

I turns out that southwestern Ontario is blessed to have ample supplies of root vegetables to last us through the winter.

Carrots, beets, squash of all sorts and shapes, cabbages, parsnips, turnips and more are waiting for us at the store or market.

Potatoes, of course, are plentiful, thanks to growing conditions in this sector of the province.

As I reflected on this “buy local” campaign, I realized that I would be returning to the fundamental meal menus

that I enjoyed as a child.

When I was growing up, we did actually eat on a local scale with apples, potatoes, carrots purchased from the Holland Marsh farmers or a local orchard.

These were supplemented by garden items such as beans, corn  and peas, blanched and frozen for winter dining.  Berries and cherries also were stored this way.

We did not dine in exotic style. Food was plain, nutritious and purchased at the local level.

Ironically, perhaps, we are returning to that simpler time.