Happy Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Lovelies! It's wonderful to see you!
This weekend I made it to the St. Lawrence Market's Saturday Farmer's Market. This ain't your Vancouver Island island market, that's for sure!
While I was blown away by all the local produce - it's a giant mother of a market - I was also shocked and jarred into a startling realization: Just because you're at a farmer's market, that doesn't mean the food is produced ethically. I couldn't believe my ears! Cranberries are all the rage right now and I was amped to pick myself up a basket. Along with beets, some fresh cheese, and maybe even a carton of the last of the Summer tomatoes. I noticed though that no one (with the exception of one farm) advertized they were organic. Now I'm not talkin' certified organic. Whatever. Certification is very expensive, time consuming, and frankly, a little elitist. All I care about is making sure my food comes from a farm that follows organic guidelines and practices = no spraying of scary chemicals, utilizes bio-diverse and perma-culture methods, and gives a crap about the planet and each other.
Yeeeeaaaah.... No. When I asked farmers if they sprayed their wares they either reluctantly admitted that hey did in fact use chemicals on their produce, shrugged me off with an "I don't know", or in one case, proceeded to give me a lecture on the need and importance of chemical inputs in order to make a profit. He then went on to say "spray drifts. So even if it's organic, it's not really organic. So you might as well eat sprayed produce". Obviously I promptly told him we could agree to disagree and I shuffled my way to the next booth, feeling downtrodden, deflated and a little pissed off.
So lesson learned: Just because it's local, that doesn't mean it's ethical. When you're at the farmer's market - ASK if you want to know how your food is being produced/raised. If you don't want to know, it's best you keep your questions to yourself. Ack.
On a more positive note, as per usual we had some pretty amazing links shared last week. You guys sure make my job difficult by writing such excellent posts. Highlights from last week include:
|What's in The Box? via In Her Chucks|
|Chard Rolls via The Healthy Project|
|Sweet Potato Hash with Beets and Winter Squash via Gourmet Veggie Mama|
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