Farmers Markets – Celebrating Food

“Shake the hand that feeds you.” Michael Pollan Farmers markets are flourishing across the country. Meandering through the stalls of fresh vegetables and fruits, homemade bread and cakes, cheese and eggs, we are drawn into the story of humanity. Farmer markets connect us with our past, and present an optimistic alternative to a dreaded dystopian…

What Feeds Us

The City of Vancouver defines a just and sustainable food system as one in which food production, processing, distribution , consumption and waste management are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional well-being of our city and its residents.” Vancouver Food Strategy –  page 10, January 2013 The spectre of food insecurity is…

Farm-to-Table & Distance-to-Fork

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard 821 Million People 821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.  This data comes directly from  World Food Programme (WFP), the leading…

Hot Dogs & Summer

“Hot dogs and Red Vines and potato chips and French fries are my favourite foods.” Betty White July is National Hot Dog Month Summertime is at its zenith, with the heat of the afternoon sun mellowing to a gentle warmth as it heads towards its setting. This is the time for outdoor dinners and delicious…

The Love of Chocolate

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine Chocolate lovers – this is your day. July 7, 2018 is World Chocolate Day 2018. It has been said that the love of chocolate began with the ancient Olmec people, the first major civilization in Mexico. Now, the world has embraced chocolate’s rich and…

Tropaeolum Day

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist, and all-around remarkable genius, was famous for naming every plant he met in Latin. In his book, Species Plantarum, he bestowed the name “tropaeolum” on one of my favourite flowers, the nasturtium. I have yet to gain a full understanding…