Continuing with our recent discussions on incorporating more plant-based meals into our lives, I wanted to share with the Bad Yogi community a recent experience.
My husband and I been living in Canada for a year and a half, and on the weekend, we visited for the first time a “u-pick” farm, and let me tell you, it was such a fun summer experience for us. Some may think that this is more of a family with kids activity, but for us, was really fun and educational. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the farm we visited, so we knew we wanted to make the most of it- to pick a lot of berries that hopefully will last for a few months on our freezer.
While there, we got to talking about how ignorant we are about the food that comes to our table. We had no idea how strawberries and raspberries grew, which is what we picked. When you think about it, if you live in a big city, it’s very unlikely you have any knowledge regarding all of the work and effort that’s behind the produce you usually get at the supermarket.
We were also very excited about all of the various ways we planned to use the 15 lbs of berries we got. After all, we were the ones who spent nearly two hours picking the fruit directly from the field! So far, we’ve made a chia jam, a crumble and the most delicious “nice-cream”.
A huge benefit to eating produce that you know where it was sourced is that you’re automatically showing support to local, and often small, business. Additionally, it helps to reduce the environmental impact that comes from getting your food elsewhere.
There are obviously different factors that play into this, depending on where in the world you are, and I’m not trying to say that you have no right to the most juicy mango even if you live far from a tropical weather. But when possible, I highly recommend that you try to choose the fruits, veggies, even meat and dairy products that come from your community. Chances are that they’re much more fresh, consciously grown, and sometimes even cheaper.
We usually do things not because we mean wrong, but simply out of convenience and force of habit. I used to get all of my food from big super markets chains, but am now starting to find other sources.
Consider giving it try and see if it works for you. If you do, let us know what you think! Besides, who doesn’t enjoy an afternoon at the Farmers Market?