In the kitchen... Buy Local
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Many of Canada's hottest chefs use local ingredients in their dishes because meals taste more robust and it helps promote regional cuisine. And don’t think that buying local refers to just fruits vegetables, either. You can buy locally produced meat, pasta, cheese, eggs, jams, jellies, juices, wines, beers and many other products. Check the labels! You might be surprised at the local options that are available.

Buy Local!

Local Farms & Farmers Markets
Your Local Farmers Market Society organizes a number of Farmers Markets in Vancouver throughout the year.  These markets bring farmers directly to the people who buy their products. It allows farmers and consumers to them meet so that shoppers can learn about what to do with rutabagas and how they're grown, and the farmers can hear about new produce shoppers are interested in buying and receive a fair price for the food they produce.  For more information on Vancouver Farmers Markets, please visit http://www.eatlocal.org.

For locations of Farmers Markets outside Vancouver visit http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/web/index.htm. 

Farmers Markets Locations 

East Vancouver at Trout Lake Community Centre
East 15th & Victoria Dr
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays, May 19 to October 6, 2007

Riley Park at Nat Bailey Stadium
30th & Ontario St
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm Wednesdays, June 6 to October 24, 2007

West End at Nelson Park
Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow
9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays June 16 to October 6, 2007

Kitsilano Farmers Market at Kits Community Centre
2690 Larch Street - between 10th and 12th
July 15 - October 14, 2007

 

Not from Vancouver?  Going on a road trip this summer?
Visit the BC Association of Farmers' Markets website at http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/web/index.htm for a listing of markets around the province!
If you are looking for a place to go berry picking, or you want to head straight to the source, a list of BC farms and their products can be found in the BC Farm Directory at
http://www.bcfarmfresh.com/farmlist.asp.

Farm circle tours
A self-guided farm circle tour is a great way to experience the wide range of agricultural settings that exist in the
Fraser Valley: organic vegetable farms, berry farms, greenhouses, honey farms, dairies, orchards and more.
http://www.tourismabbotsford.ca/?page_id=210

And of course, the local wines – who could forget the wine? 
The Association of British Columbia Winegrowers (ABCW) represents member wineries from the West Kootenays, Okanagan Valley, Shuswap, Vancouver and Gulf Islands, and the Lower Mainland. All members produce wines made only from British Columbia grapes or fruit.  For more information on local wineries, please visit http://www.winegrowers.bc.ca/members.php.

Grocery stores
Some are better than others in terms of local food. Look at the labels and signage, and ask the produce manager for more information.  Foods that are in season are also more likely to be locally produced.

RESEARCH HAS SHOWN…
Vancouverites really do want to buy local!  Check out the article and survey completed by Capers Community Market at http://www.capersmarkets.com/cms/page1385.cfm to see why!


The question of Organic?  What TreeHugger has to say on the matter:

TreeHugger is a big fan of organic foods, but it can be tough to get all organic, all the time, and sometimes organics aren't the best choice (like when they have to travel from Chile). So, when faced with buying conventional fruits and vegetables, it's important to remember that some are treated with more pesticides than others, and that some carry more pesticides from the field to your market as well. Thanks to a study by the Environmental Working Group's Top Ten Foods to Eat Organically, we now know where to look for alternatives to high-pesticide conventional produce when organics aren't available. Check out the full top 10 here

 

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