Thursday, June 25, 2009

Being a Locavore Just Got Trendier: Ask your iPhone

It's never been easier to be a locavore than right now! Summer is in full swing (Just in case you've been living under a rock: it's 30°C outside with brilliant sunshine in the city!) and with it comes a whole host of amazing, fresh, local produce to enjoy.

So, what exactly is a locavore? According to, a locavore, is a person who attempts to eat only foods grown locally. Locavores choose to grow their own food or buy foods grown within their region. Why bother, you might ask? By eating locally, you can create a greater connection with your food source and community, resist industrialized and processed foods, reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases through transportation of foods overseas and on land, plus you support your local economy.

Many locavores give themselves several exceptions to their local diet, for example coffee, chocolate, salt, and/or spices. Don't worry though - if you can't find what you're looking for locally, you can always choose organic options - they're just as good (if not better in some senses).

Being a locavore is challenging, indeed. Especially in the winter. But if you're going to give it a try, there's no better time to do it than now. Just yesterday, I visited a local farmer's market in Richmond Hill which gets set up every Wednesday at Hillcrest Mall (Yonge and Carville). I picked up the most delicious plums, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, yellow, orange and red tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, new potatoes, yams, and probably a bunch of other things that I've already forgotten about. I was just so excited I went a little crazy. I literally got so much food I think I need to give some away, and I got it all for under $30. Another perk of buying directly from the producer/grower.

Now's the time to celebrate fresh, local ingredients, so put those kiwis (from New Zealand) aside for the moment and fill your belly with summer berries!

Oh, and if you're not sure what's in season - just hit up your iPhone and download the Locavore 2.0 app. Yep, being a locavore is sooo mainstream...Join the movement!