Do you agree with genetically engineering a potato

March 24th, 2016

that will be grown here in Canada and has been approved by Health Canada and the Canadian Heath and Food Inspection Agency without asking the consumer?

Did you know that there is “no labeling required”? Did you know the main reason do do this is to avoid browning after peeling? To have a longer shelf life?

The agency claims that consumers throw away about 30% of their potatoes due to browning or thinking that if a potato has a brown spot it needs to be discarded. Could it be possible we have been too busy to cook them in a decent amount of time solely because we buy and forget? Let’s educate them a little. All produce spoils over time, and when there is a brown spot on a potato, you cut it off and discard it still using the good part of the potato. I think we consumers are not that daft. We know this. We also know that if you peel¬† potato and do not cover with cold water it will naturally go brown.

So, why now? I do not hear consumers complaining. I could say that I think this is for the commercial industry for use in large scale production like the Donald’s of the world who need this to happen solely for profitability. Not for you and your health. They say that the Innate potato will be resistant to blight…but for how long until a new virus or disease attacks that plant or potato?

You will not know if you are eating this genetically engineered potato, fresh or fried. You will if you go off the beaten path, head to a local market or buy organic. These potatoes need to be identified and properly labelled.

Think about your next box of fries…where did that food come from?

eat fresh*eat local*eat healthy

Stacey

 

A good reason to grow your own at home this year

February 8th, 2016

Growing your own vegetables is super easy. Potted herbs are the easiest way to start growing your own without too much worry. Rosemary, parsley, sage and thyme thrive without much care. A little water and sunshine will do the trick! You can easily plant Kale, one of our most loved super foods that will keep producing all season long.

A good garden comes with a little planning and some imagination. Seeds naturally want to grow into beautiful food producing plants, a little care will go a long way.

Please feel free to look back at some of my garden projects for ideas. Most often the garden gives us more than we can eat and the opportunity to share with family and friends.

Great starter plants that grow easily are dandelion, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and zucchini. You can plant the plants that are greenhouse grown or try tossing in a few seeds….you will be surprised how fast they grow!

Growing from Seed
Try sourcing local Organic, non-GMO, and Heritage Seed Varieties.

I look for local… like Hawthorn Farm Organic Seed, they know our growing conditions better than we do so would offer tried and true varieties.

Growing from plant
At our local garden center and local grocery stores who offer a variety of plants to get you started including some Heritage Varieties.  Glen Echo Nurseries and Garden Foods are a great place to start for your growing season!


Produce costs are on the rise, growing your own is one good way to reduce the cost and get the most nutritious, tasty vegetables to your table.

From dirt to delicious! Grow your own…

Stacey

eat fresh, local and healthy

 

Eat Local, avoid high food costs

January 15th, 2016

Gas prices, interest rates, oil is tanking, terrorism are all taking center stage and clouding our minds with things most of us have little or no control over. These are big topics but do affect us in one way shape or form so we should try to focus more on ourselves and our local economies. Particularly our local food.

January is a great time for heart warming soups, stews and roasting. A chicken can go along way after roasting it and make often up to two more meals. Squashes, legumes and potatoes along with garlic and onions are easily available all year long and can make inexpensive meals that can last a few days.

The “eat local” momentum has inspired many grocery stores to maintain a local selection of the items that will keep your food costs down. Simply try to make the time as these types of recipes do not make themselves, they need a little help!

Enjoy the cold this winter with a cup of hearty stew by the fire, think more about you, your family and the global economy will do what it has to do.

Stay warm friends,

Stacey