Another season of fresh and locally grown produce is off to a good start. This past weekend, I saw fresh spinach, herbs and beautiful plants at the Elmira Farmers Market. I even heard rumours of asparagus if you arrived early enough to snag some before it was gone. Strawberries, beans, and peas are just around the corner too. Local eggs, cheese and meat are aplenty as well. We truly are a blessed bunch to have access to fresh and locally grown food from our neighbour’s yards. For many, this is not always an easy thing to come by.
As a mom and a nutritionist, I believe that eating a diet rich in variety is so important. I also believe that eating local is an amazing gift we give to our families and a great way to support our local economy. When you buy local, you help our community thrive. You help families pay for little league, you help farmers buy new tractors and you help families continue passed down traditions. You buy food that has naturally ripened and is freshly picked.
This is why buying local matters.
The ‘Taste of Woolwich,’ is an annual event that my family has looked forward to for the past several years. The Taste of Woolwich is back again this year with more free family fun, interesting speakers and local treats to please your taste buds.
Come on Saturday, June 23rd at the Elmira Farmers Market as we welcome the growing season. Learn edible gardening tips and tricks from Andria from St. Jacobs Country Gardens. Join me as I create a tasty treat for you to sample from our local bounty. Find out how dairy farming has changed over the years from Vanessa of Dirksen Dairy Farm. The kids will have a great time milking, ‘Mootilda’ the cow and meeting other farm friends, discovering beekeeping, playing fun games with Woolwich’s Pop Up Playground as well as a host of other hands on activities. Bring your reusable grocery bags and buy a sampling of Woolwich’s goodness to enjoy at home. There will even be free wagon rides from the Elmira Train Station to enjoy! While you are there, pick up your free, ‘Buy Local! Buy Fresh!,’ food map. I hope to see you there!