Winterizing your recipes

November 17th, 2014

You can always have your cake and eat it too, however the price we will pay for the instant gratification will get the best of all of us.

It may be lack of local farmers in the near future, depleted food sources globally, or food that is nutritionally starved. We are left sacrificing our good health by our need to spoil our palettes year round.

Take the time this winter to feast on succulent squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, leeks, beets, fresh of the field onions and garlic. The most delicious locally grown apples are overflowing the market shelves these days, and don’t forget about the frozen berry section!

We have a huge selection of locally produced foods, along with healthy snacks made locally these days, we have access to local food, why not take advantage of it?

It is time to activate your creative side and work with what is cultivated in your local community. This is the time for comfort foods, oven roasting and one pot dishes simmering the stove.

Fresh, organic, locally grown food is precious. Keep it fresh and simple!

Enjoy your winter inspirations!

Stacey

When is common sense going to…

October 27th, 2014

be more important than money.

Where is our food safety at these days, have you thought about how you food is handled before it arrives at your grocery store? Is it being screened, checked for you? In most cases probably not. If it is not being gassed for spiders and creepy crawleys-imported food often arrives here and delivered to the grocery store in a few days.

It annoys me to see fruit from South Africa on our shelves when we have issues with Ebola going on in the same country. It annoys me when we keep ignoring our local food, our local farmers and the importance that we stop consuming farmland for housing projects that are completely unnecessary.

Farmland should remain farmland, and the developer should develop on land that is not. Do you know why they use farmland for new housing?  Because is costs less money to develop, and is more profitable to the developer. Why should they have to work so hard to remove boulders, and alter that land for homes that we do  not need. With such a small population here in Canada, who is going to buy the new houses? When is enough enough?

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Less farmland for food.

We cannot rely on imported food anymore. Globalizing is not important anymore. Localizing is.

Localizing creates local jobs, keeping our farmland as farms protects our local food system that we need so desperately today. We need to be more proactive and far less reactive.

We need help with all of our small towns that are quickly fading away, why build and invest in only one place? There is no balance, no common sense. That ideology has clearly been flushed down the white throne many years ago.

Let’s try to change the course we are on to one that makes sense for everyone.

Stacey Fokas

Live Local*Eat Local*Support Local

Falling for Autumn and local food!

September 23rd, 2014

At this time of year I feel a bit like a squirrel, feeling the weather changing, the leaves turning but most of all like I need to can, freeze and store all the wonderful flavours coming off the local land for the long and cold winter ahead.

Storing fresh local garlic is number one, tomatoes come in handy all winter long for pizzas, pasta dishes and stews. Instead of roasting my red Sheppard peppers I clean, slice and freeze them. They make any tomato sauce even more delicious. Simple and easy to store, prepared by you.

Try freezing fresh local peaches, wild blueberries  and nectarines. They are my  girls favourite way to eat local fruit in the middle of winter. Whatever your favourite vegetable may be that you will miss the most; whether it be carrots, zucchini or fresh fruit, now is the time to savour that autumn flavour!

Try roasting your squashes, sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with a  touch of oil and sea salt. Enjoy the bounty that our local farmers have grown for us now, as it will not be long before it is all gone.

Live local and enjoy falling for Autumn like me!

Stacey