What’s the importance of buying local?!
I hear this question ALL the time, and I always try to give my honest opinion without sounding like I’m trying to convert everyone into exclusively local buyers, lol! They importance of buying local, is twofold. First, you’re supporting the local farmers and contributing to your local economy. Second, the produce you buy when you buy local, is seasonal. Why does eating seasonal foods matter? Because our bodies are shaped by the climates in which we live.
Truly Canadian health includes eating the seasonal fruits and vegetables in spring and summer, like berries, fiddleheads, tomatoes etc. And in the fall and winter, harvesting potatoes, squashes, pumpkins and more. Eating local, seasonal produce is a great and natural way to get our bodies in sync with our surroundings.
Some Vegan Recipe Inspiration
Last week I attended one of the coolest events I’d ever been to. A totally vegan cooking workshop, hosted by Loblaw at their Maple Leaf Gardens location, and featuring Michael Abramson, of YamChops! Together, we talked about the importance and the impact of buying local produce, and we even got to cook some of Michael’s famous vegan recipes!
From vegan tomato sushi, to watermelon steaks, to even cauliflower chocolate pudding… who knew going vegan could be so delicious!?
Don’t worry! I’ll definitely be sharing some of the vegan recipe inspiration that was shared with me, in the coming weeks. I’ll teach you the vegan ways of Michael Abramson – who’s been vegetarian now for over 40+ years! And trust me, his recipes will have you second guessing how delicious being vegan really can be!
Tell me what buying local means to you and WIN $100 to Loblaw!
With this blog post, I’m giving you a challenge: I want to know what buying local produce means to you. At the vegan cooking event last week, we learned a lot about Loblaw’s efforts and commitments on buying local. These include being the largest purchaser of locally grown food in Canada and supporting approx. 300 Canadian vendors. And DYK that 40% of Loblaw’s store produce is Canadian-grown during peak season? Plus, each year more than 30% of Loblaw’s purchases are Canadian!
So what DOES buying local produce mean to you?
Let me know in the comment section below! Or on instagram later tonight! When you see the photo featured in this blog post, posted on my instragram, give it a like and be sure to comment! Let me know why you think supporting local growers is important.
Don’t miss out! Follow along in the fun!
When I share why buying local produce is important to me, I’ll be tagging @LoblawsON, and hashtagging (is that a word?): #WeLoveFood & #NearYou. Follow along in the fun by joining me, and tagging me in your food photos! You can follow and tag me here: @inspiredbynick
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick