Motivation Monday ~ Eat Love Local

Carrots at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market
Carrots at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market

Lately, I’ve been feeling really lucky to live in an area where there is so much abundant, fresh and delicious food. Did you know that there are 49,631 farms in Alberta (according to the 2006 census). For a place with 4.1 million people that’s about one farm per 83 people.

That math means a lot of fresh food for the residents of my new home province (7 months and counting, woot woot).

Growing up around gardens and ranches, I knew that carrots came out of the ground and sprinklers are for food as much as they are for running through in the summer. I come from hard working cattle ranching stock and family-feeding mega gardeners.

Now, as a parent, I’m so excited that we can show our little dude what a garden is. We just moved into a house that has a garden that’s about 4 metres by 4 metres. The last few weeks of intermittent rain, sunshine, hot and cool weather means that our potatoes, chard, zucchini, strawberries, lettuce and beets are growing as fast as our 16 month old. My partner deserves 95% of the gardening credit as my thumb is only semi green and I use it to pull the odd weed (I’ve gardened by osmosis most of my life). Having a garden is a glorious thing and one of the most tangible projects your family can undertake.

So, while we may not be travelling much these days, there is a trip to the Old Strathcona Farmers Market we do every weekend. I am now fully addicted to bison, carrots and onions grown within 50 kilometres of Edmonton. Eating local has never been so easy. I’m hoping that we can take a farm tour this summer, maybe even attend one of RGE Rd’s Farm Dinners and share bags of vegetable bounty with friends and family as much as possible. I want to get to know our farming neighbours, glean some gardening tips, and most of all thank them for our food.

Grown on summer.

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3 responses to “Motivation Monday ~ Eat Love Local”

  1. Meg Jerrard Avatar

    I think eating locally is one of the most rewarding things, and hitting up the Farmers markets is one of my favorite things to do whether I’m at home or abroad 🙂 I’ve never tried Bison before though so I’ll have to make a note to stop by Old Strathcona when we come through Canada next 🙂

  2. Agata Avatar

    This is amazing! I’m planning a garden in front of my house next year! I’m thinking about lettuce, herbs and maybe watermelons. I found this post inspiring so thank you for sharing! Until now I had only flowers but got encouraged by few articles and very good weather this year. I’ll keep you posted!

  3. Jody Robbins Avatar

    That is such a great market. I remember actually setting my alarm for Saturday mornings when I went to Uni in Edmonton, just so I could get first dibs on the produce at Strathcona Market. Great to here it’s still thriving.

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