Local Food

From Farm To Table, To Your Gratified Body

Stephen Perrin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

With farm-to-table goods, I find the taste is cleaner, richer and I always feel more energized. That's partly because I don't need to eat as much to feel full. I'm getting more for every mouthful. That's because our bodies crave nutrition from what they're taking in. If our food is low in nutrients, it can often leave us feeling hungry for more. Like something vital is missing.

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters'

UniversityHub.ca | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

Why the Best Organic Food Isn't Getting to You

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Buying fresh, local food is a priority for many people, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Do you really know where your food comes from? Ask a few questions and you may just find the "local" food you're paying a premium for at your farmers' market or grocery store has traveled way farther than you'd like to think. It's no wonder we're all confused about where to get fresh and healthy food.

Eating Local Can Help Avoid This Parasite

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

This past week, another microbial outbreak made the Canadian headlines. This time, the cause was a parasite with a name that sounds like a comic book supervillain, Cyclospora. It's officially known as a protozoan and in the last few months, caused 83 cases with a few requiring hospitalization. From a public health perspective, Cyclospora has for the most part spread under the radar of the media. Despite the apparent novelty of the infection right now, the parasite has been a common visitor to Canada and had made many visits in the last 20 years.

Farming Regulations Could Rob You of Your Most Fundamental Right

Jonathan Rizzolo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jonathan Rizzolo

What we choose to eat is our most fundamental right. At least, it should be. What deeper connection do we have to our natural world than with the food that becomes part of our own flesh and bone? Farming, then, should be seen as one of the most valued and respected trades. Yet, government efforts to control our food supply is threatening food security and our freedom as a community.

What It Means to Connect With Your Food

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 08.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

What does it mean to "connect with our food"? There's so much hype and hysteria over this phrase that it's difficult to cultivate an organic experience these days. Not so with the Stratford Chefs League.

This Toronto Restaurant Serves Up a Tossed Salad of Culture

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

My latest dining experience reminded me of something that is quintessentially Canadian. Partners Derek Valleau and Harsh Chawla of Pukka fame, team up with Chef Masayuki to open Concession Road, their latest addition to the Toronto restaurant scene. The trio are a tossed salad of cultures brought together for the love of good food and a desire to share it with others.

Burger Battle Cries: Flat top vs. Grill

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

There's nary a person who can deny the seductive charms of a burger. Once you've found "the one," you'll fiercely defend it as your favourite -- to h...

How to Throw the Best Backyard Bash in Ottawa

Yelp Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

Summer is in full swing, and backyard barbecues, front porch cocktails and beach picnics are taking over your schedule. While it's amazing to enjoy the sunshine, entertaining can be hard work, especially when all you want to do is indulge.

Choosing Local Food Is Casting Vote For World We Want To Live In

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Capt. Trevor Greene

One epicentre of the Vancouver Island local-food scene is a funky downtown Nanaimo restaurant called Gabriel's Gourmet Café.

Despite What You've Heard, Small Farmers are Doing Just Fine

Brent Preston | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Business
Brent Preston

We've been at it for almost 10 years, and grow about 10 acres of vegetables every season. We're absurdly tiny compared to most conventional vegetable farms, but we don't plan to get any bigger, because we're doing just fine. Our farm is debt-free, profitable and employs both of us full-time. And we're far from alone.

Build Great and Build Green in Alberta

Brad Lamb | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Brad Lamb

If you look at Calgary and Edmonton, their skylines full of construction cranes, developers must do more than 'aim for height'. As the old adage goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Developers must be creative and work closely with architects to foster the development of robust communities that reflect cohesive design, and feature functional buildings that people want to live in.

Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your Table

Mike Schreiner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Unfortunately, Premier Wynne prefers to talk about the problem rather than take action to solve it. Her response to the crisis: throw some money at beekeepers (certainly welcome given their economic losses) and form a task force on bee health that continues to drag its feet on taking action.

Get to Know Your Food Better

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

There are far too many people, who are so far removed from what they eat that they don't understand what they are doing to their bodies. Our farming practices have become big business, and the little farms need to come back to the spotlight. It's not all doom and gloom, but we need a few tweaks on some things. Here are my big thoughts.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Oh Canada! 5 Superfoods That Are Uniquely Canadian

Lynsey Walker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Oh Canada! While we may be known for some of our more decadent fare, like poutine and butter tarts, we are actually home to some of the world's greatest superfoods that can help keep up healthy all summer long! So even if this weekend may be more about BBQ and dockside beers, try including some of these healthy eats.

Making Biodiversity Personal

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

Every one knows about the importance of biodiversity, but how many of us have a one-to-one personal experience with a rare species? For myself, like ...

Passive Solar Greenhouses: A Way to Produce Local Food With Less Energy

David Dodge | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is making people across the continent sit up and takes notice. What is a passive solar greenhouse? Don't they already use the sun's energy? Well, yes, but with the traditional Dutch glass box greenhouse design all that heat leaves once the sun goes down.

New Calgary Restaurants to Look Out For in 2014

Cody Battershill | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Here are some of the most anticipated new Calgary restaurants to look out for in 2014, from your source for everything Calgary - Calgaryism.

It Hurts, But Eating Less Cheese Can Help Our Planet

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living

Earth Day. Like New Year’s, it comes every year on the same day, April 22. For the uninitiated, it’s also the perfect time to begin adopting a few...

Don't Apologize For Eating What Feels Right To You

Lisa Borden | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

I avoid GMOs and those who promote and serve GMOs. There is no way that I knowingly want to put those ingredients into my body, my friends or family's bodies, and I certainly do not want to support Monsanto. I trace my food back to where it came from. This makes me feel good, and also makes me feel confident in all other principles I have listed as above.

How Many Local Food Plants Must Close Before We See Action?

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

I'm deeply disappointed by the news that Heinz is closing its Leamington processing plant. For over 100 years that plant made ketchup from tomatoes grown on Ontario farms. Support for local food processing is not only about securing jobs, it's also about investing in the economy we want. The Liberal government must take action to support our food processing sector.

Enough with the Cans and Jars -- Start Eating Fresh and Local

Megan Parson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Parson

At Savour Stratford this year, I was tasting different types of food from local chefs and producers and I noticed something. Each and every dish had its own unique flavour thanks to a homemade element. It was nice to know that I could pronounce all the ingredients going into my body and know where they came from.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Local Farmer's Markets

Marni Wasserman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

I love farmer's markets. I love the atmosphere they create; all the produce and hand-made goods lined up on tables in wooded or cardboard baskets. Everyone attending can take in what real food looks, feels, and smells like (from our own backyards!). It reminds me of a simpler time when it was expected of us to grow and create the things we need for our daily lives.

Inspiration Is No Further Than Your Own Backyard

Craig Harding | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Craig Harding

Having such a diverse group of vendors working with us at Dundas West -- from butchers to fish mongers, bakers to coffee roasters and the most amazing seasonal farmers market -- makes my job as a chef that much easier.