If you enjoy seafood as much as I do, the challenge of eating locally in the Maritimes is less of a challenge and more of an indulgence.
A friend hosted a seafood dinner this week and it was amazing to dive into the abundance of freshly made fishcakes, smoked salmon, scallops, and mussels. Oh, the mussels…. Although I can’t speak to all of the food being local, it certainly became clear how lucky I am to live in a place where each of these are readily available, sometimes as fresh as a caught-that-day fish.
Also, fiddleheads! I tried my first taste of this curly green vegetable and, folks, I am in love. I even spotted some sprouting up along a nearby hiking trail. Don’t worry though, I didn’t munch on any raw.
I attempted the 100 mile challenge for a few weeks a couple of summers ago, whilst living in Ontario. While I’d call it a success, it was also quite difficult. This was partly because I enthusiastically jumped in assuming I could go veggie-heavy and rely on our local farmer’s market. Not so! I was appalled to discover that a considerable amount of produce sold at our nearest outdoor market was shipped in from the States! It was a real eye opener of how easily people, myself included, are blinded by novelty.
I’ve learned my lesson and now make sure to ask questions while making purchases. I can buy an American greenhouse apple at the grocery store, thank you very much. As far as I can tell though, the Halifax markets seem to feature the delectable products of local farmers and artisans for the most part. Perhaps Nova Scotia has more discerning customers?
To add even more convenience to eating locally-produced food , I’ve joined a CSA, which I’ll be posting on once I start my pick-ups in June. In the meantime, I look forward to supplementing my diet with the high quality, freshly-caught fish and seafood from our neighbouring ocean.