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.


Author: Patricia McGoldrick

Poet Writer Reviewer Environment, Nature, Agriculture, People, and History are favorite topics to write about. Upcycling materials into handmade books is a fun challenge!

2 thoughts on “FOOD–BUY LOCAL”

  1. Great!
    Carrots and potatoes are on the menu here for dinner.
    When I was growing up, my mother also had shelves full of pickles, relish, beets from our garden produce plus canned fruit as well.
    There is a whole focus on returning to home canning also.


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