Because we always buy locally grown produce when possible, I’m choosing not to actively participate in this particular meme that began on the last day of July. However, I do think that it is something that is extremely important for all of us to do. I don’t know if I’ve ranted here in this blog that much (I know I have done so ad nauseum in real life) about the poor quality of fruit and vegetables that has been imported from great distances and our acceptance of the often rotten quality.
In spite of the fact that we are not specifically participating, I have answered the questions for the challenge anyway:
- What’s your definition of local for this challenge?
For fruit and vegetables, they have been grown in Ontario. Meat and fish will be fresh rather than frozen (I may be incorrect but this should ensure that the meat is from local farms.) Dairy will also be from local farms.
- What exemptions will you claim?
We will be drinking wine imported from elsewhere. There are plenty of great Ontario wines but thanks to our rather brilliant taxation system, local wine is very expensive and will break our bank account. We are not willing to give up drinking European made wine. As always, we will be buying a Niagara peninsula beer.
We will also continue to drink orange juice, coffee and eat chocolate. As Barbara at Tigers and Strawberries said,
This is not Lent. This is not about removing foods from the diet, this is about adding foods and changing your shopping habits.Exactly. We will also continue to ride our bicycles to do the grocery shopping, rather than sully the already overloaded atmosphere by driving our car. We will continue to do the bulk of our shopping in the smaller shops rather than shopping in the big supermarkets.
- What is your personal goal for the month?
To encourage local growers to pick their produce when it is ripe rather than when it is green. (I SHOULD also learn how not to be afraid of canning so that I would can locally grown fruits and vegetables for use in the winter.)