Sunday, May 9, 2010

A celebration of Locavore



Locavore – one who eats only locally grown or raised food (dictionary.com)

Locavore - A new word. So new my spell checker doesn’t recognize it.

Locavore – The title of a book. Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens - How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat by Sarah Elton of Toronto.

My local bookstore, Books and Company, Main Street, Picton, Ontario, last month had a visit by Elton, and a friend and I went along because it is a subject we are interested in.

It turned out to be so much more than your regular book signing and reading. Many of the local small and organic food producers were there, displaying their wares (and offering tastings, yum, yum). To our surprise when we asked to buy items, some of the vendors said they weren’t really set up to accept money. How’s that for a change?

We nibbled on cheese from Fifth Town (http://www.fifthtown.ca/), nuts and greens from Vicki’s Veggies (http://www.vickisveggies.com), and smoked fish from Smoked Salmon House (http://www.wildbcfish.ca). There was more produce from Honey Wagon Farms (http://www.slowfoodthecounty.ca/index.php?categoryid=35&p2_articleid=28) and many other farmers and food producers.
Oh, and did I mention wine from the Grange Winery? (http://www.grangeofprinceedward.com/).

We tasted samples, bought fresh produce (yes, in Ontario in April) and talked to the farmers. Then we all took our seats and Sarah talked to us about Locavore and her travels throughout Canada learning all about locally produced food. She told us that Prince Edward County (where I live) is the locavore capital of Ontario. Who knew?
But I’m not surprised. We’re surrounded by farms and farmers, many of the determined to putting fresh and local back into eating.

After Sarah’s talk, there was lunch.

Wow!

The lunch was pot luck, courtesy of the members of Slow Food The County, (http://www.slowfoodthecounty.ca/) an organization dedicated to slow food, to making us all aware of where our food comes from.

Books and wine and fresh delicious food.

Who could want anything more?

2 comments:

Donis Casey said...

oh, what a good idea! I wonder if my local independent bookstore would be interested in doing something like this. I'll have to let her know.

Dana Fredsti said...

books, wine and food would make any event work for me!