A better way to eat

July 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm 1 comment

local food faves

Over the past year we’ve made a conscious choice to shift our purchasing patterns and lifestyle choices to align with the very intelligent movement around food that is unprocessed, ethical, local, organic and seasonal. In other words, real food. It’s sad and crazy that our North American culture has leaned so far in the wrong direction when it comes to industrial, unsustainable food production practices, not to mention the fact that we as consumers continue to put these products into our bodies and then wonder why health care costs, cancer rates, obesity, fatigue, stress and many other diseases and symptoms plague our society.

The main thing we changed was to drastically reduce our use of traditional grocery stores like Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore etc. Our routine now includes a weekly trip to the Calgary Farmer’s Market, a weekly order from Spud and occasional visits to Planet Organic for staples we can’t find at those other locations. Sunnyside Market is also conveniently located for picking up last minute items and fresh produce. We still make a trip to Safeway once in a while, but it’s less than once a month and it’s starting to seem more and more unnecessary. We’re also growing some of our own food. We have a tiny yard, so it’s not much, but every handful of fresh herbs and plate of salad that we harvest from the deck brings huge satisfaction – it tastes amazing and reinforces what we’re trying to do.

Slowly but surely we’re filling our cupboards and fridge with local foods instead of products that are shipped from thousands of miles away. I’m sure we’ve never been healthier. We’re eating better and we’re cooking better, inspired by more interesting ingredients. I’m thrilled to part with an extra dollar or two knowing that more of my money is going into the local economy and into the hands of a producer who actually cares about the quality of the food we’re eating and is also investing their time, money and effort into creating a more sustainable food system.


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  • 1. Tiffany  |  December 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    You want to step up that pasta sauce by 100? I buy cases of roma’s in the summer as well, I however cut them in half take out the hard center face them cut side up on cookie sheets drizzle olive oil and add pepper and sea salt. Slow roast at 300C until the begin to blacken, taste them they should be sweet and rich NOT bitter. With a case it takes a couple of evenings to complete. All are cooled and put into medium sized ziploc bags which is the perfect size for a meal to feed 4 to 5 people and then frozen. When ready to use cook some fresh vegetables in olive oil and garlic add roma’s frozen or thawed…use a good quality pasta noodle I use GiGi Pappardelle(do not rinse noodles!!!)available at most Italian grocerers…when cooked add both noodles and sauce into a family style serving bowl and toss well…top with freshly grated parm and basil sprigs. To die for!!!

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