I try to be a locavore whenever possible, and thus focus on eating seasonal fruits and vegetables. It can be a challenge to find good varieties of fruits and vegetables in winter when you live in Canada. I am a huge fan of farmers’ markets, and I visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market every Saturday whenever possible. The selection is admittedly smaller, but there is still a good variety of the following locally-grown products that I like:
- Brussels sprouts
- Swiss chard
- Sweet potatoes
- Assorted winter squashes
- Parsnips and beets (two vegetables I do not like, however).
Fruit varieties are less plentiful: Lots of apples and pears, but not much else. It is tempting to pick up the large variety of imported fruits available in the grocery stores, but I am trying very hard to resist, as when I think about the carbon footprint involved in transporting and importing these goods, they tend to lose their appeal. Fortunately (or not, health wise), I don’t eat that much fruit, as I much prefer vegetables. Here are some useful websites for Canadian locavores: