One of the promises I made to myself in my student years, was that, when I was earning a fair wage, I would do my best to buy local fresh food.
Localised eating makes sense on so many different levels. Personally, it’s less about offsetting carbon emissions, and more about supporting local farmers. A commitment to eating local, on most occasions, is inherently a commitment to eating food that is in season. Plump pumpkins in October, vibrant vines of tomatoes in August, rustic roots in the winter…mmmm. These are commitments that I’m pretty comfortable making.
The quote about strawberries really makes me smile; I never understood the need to eat berries 52 weeks out of the year. Sure I love a sprinkling of strawberries on my salad in February as much as the next trendsetter, but I’m also willing to forgo fad for reason.
But I digress…
After researching, much rationalizing, and tip-toeing around the idea for far too long, I finally joined a local organic food delivery program. In Toronto, we’re spoiled for choice on companies that offer this service. In the end, I just chose the one whose van I often saw outside my condo building: Mama Earth Organics.
I received my first organic local food delivery last night. This is what I had waiting outside my condo door, after, what seemed to be the longest work week ever:
I know what you’re thinking, and let me just answer it for you- YES! This is the bin they delivered the produce in. This is the bin that kept my vegetables safe outside my door. This is the bin they will collect at next week’s delivery, clean, and use again and again for future deliveries!
I chose the ‘local’ option, which means all of the produce in my box is grown in Ontario. At first, it seems mildly pricier than going out and buying my own produce. But there is something empowering about this box; For one, it allows me to plan & prep my meals out ahead of time, which will * hopefully * decrease how much I eat out. So, in theory, it may prove to be quite pocket friendly. What’s more, I know I have to use everything that’s in it, and that gets the creative juices flowing!
Sure, I absolutely love love love grocery shopping. But, as the days get colder and the work hours get longer, this delivery service is a welcome relief. But, it’s only day 2, so let’s see how I feel after a few deliveries…
What are your feelings on the “eat local” and/or “eat seasonal” movement? Maybe a glimpse into this box, will change your mind: