Published: Thursday, March 27th
To be perfectly honest, we aren’t quite sure.
Like everyone, everywhere, right now, it’s hard to foresee what things will look like TOMORROW…let alone in a week, a month, or a few months.
Perhaps the only thing that’s certain, is that from here forward…a lot of things about our daily lives will be different.
Rather than add to the endless stream of emails in your inbox with COVID-19 in the subject line, we’ve opted to create this page for your information. (You’ll continue to receive our emails, if you’re signed up for them…but they’ll be about more than JUST this subject!)
Visit as often (or as seldom) as you wish. We will be sure to keep it current with any pertinent information as the season progresses.
What we DO know….
We Don’t Need to Fear…
One doesn’t need to look far to see that FOOD is a huge source of concern for many people right now…even more than usual. Some of the questions running through your mind may include:
- Will there be enough?
We know…this feels STRANGE. Never in our lives have we been faced with limits on what we’re allowed to purchase at the grocery store. In our minds, we know FULL WELL that our Canadian food supply chain is one of the BEST. Still, the limitations were a little unsettling…because they’re foreign to us!
Friends, what a luxury it has been for those of us who are able – to purchase WHAT we want, WHEN we want, in the QUANTITIES we want. We don’t know about you, but we are already appreciating that reality more now than ever before.
Please don’t worry. Canadian farmers are already ramping up production – wherever possible – to meet the increased demands on the system.
- Is our food supply safe?
In a word…YES! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… as Canadians, we have one of the safest food supplies in the world. Don’t believe us? Check out the 2019 Global Food Security Index numbers here.
Not unlike overprotective parents….as much as the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) sometimes drives us a little bit crazy with their bureaucracy and red tape… they DO do well to fulfill their mandate of (and I paraphrase…) “keeping the Canadian food supply safe”.
There is NO DOUBT in our minds that they are working tirelessly – even as you read this – to make sure that this remains the case now as much as ever.
We Aren’t Stopping.
Growing food is what we do! It feels like there has never been a more important time for us to do it! Our mission is this:
“To impact lives in a positive way while growing great food and honouring God.” …and until we are unable to do so, we will press on toward that goal.
Our practices and procedures will require some tweaking. Those are details at this point, and we are so thankful that we have a little time to get any necessary changes into place. So we keep going…one day at a time…doing what we CAN.
- The season is already well underway!
Our seeds have arrived. They are organized, inventoried and the planting schedule has been set.
In fact…SOME of the planting has already begun – thanks to our friends at Green Acres Greenhouses!
Perennial crops are just waiting to spring out of the ground when that sun gets a little warmer and we remove the winter blanket (aka straw mulch). Asparagus …Rhubarb… Strawberries anyone???
- Bountiful Baskets will continue.
At this point, we see no reason to suspend, or significantly alter the program for 2020.
Program registration continues as planned, and is OPEN now.
Expect some adjustments to the logistics of the program itself (particularly in the area of packaging and pick-up protocol…) but there should be no problem providing your weekly assortment of produce, just as we have every year prior to this one.
Some Things to Think About…
The following is NOT a sales pitch…rather, it’s an invitation for each one of us to consider whether it’s time to make some changes in the way our households operate…
- Do you have a ‘stash’?
Do you want to?
Chatting with a friend last week, I jokingly remarked,
“I’ve been preparing for this my whole life!”
I was referring to the three chest freezers and the shelves full of dry goods we have here in our basement! I’m no poster child for canning and preserving… let’s be clear!! Because it’s available though, I do put a decent amount of produce away during the summer season. It’s always nice (especially right now) to have it there for use over the winter months.
Contrary to what you may think…it’s also a very economical way to shop. Buying locally, in quantity when items are in season will save you money in the long run….AND it tastes better too!
- What are our SEASONAL buying habits?
Does it throw us for a loop if we can’t find fresh berries in January?
Do we feel terribly inconvenienced when the grocery store has no asparagus in November?
The beans…and the corn…don’t even start! Have you seen them in the winter.“Eating the Seasons” is not a new concept. Our grandparents did it. They had no other choice! As the world has changed and ‘progressed’ over time, we’ve become accustomed to having EVERYTHING available to us ALL year round.
Like so many things in life…just because we CAN…doesn’t necessarily mean that we SHOULD.
Do we NEED to import fresh blueberries from Peru all winter long (…rather than getting our fill from a local blueberry grower in the summertime? )
There are a few reasons why it may be worth re-thinking this idea. Read more here.
- How much do we REALLY know about our food?
Where is it grown (which Country…County…Farm….Field??)
Using which types of growing practices?
With what sort of a philosophy behind it?
How far has it traveled…under what type of storage conditions?
The only – and best – way to know EVERYTHING about the food you’re eating, is to grow it yourself…which is a TERRIFIC idea. We wholeheartedly support you in your home gardening pursuits!! Ask us questions, anytime! We love comparing notes!
If gardening is not something you’re interested in, or able to manage, don’t feel bad. It’s up to you to decide what level of connection to your food (and where it comes from) that you need to be comfortable.
Well…there you have it.
If you’ve just read that WHOLE page, you deserve a medal!
At worst, hopefully it was a little break from the stream of homeschooling memes, hoarding jokes and ‘whatever else’ makes up your Facebook feed these days…
At best…maybe it’s been some ‘food’ for thought.
Mull it all over, chat among yourselves – virtually, or from a distance – of course!! Think about which options you may like to explore as you seek to feed your family in a mindful and healthful way.
Strike up a conversation with us if you’d like! We would be only too happy to help you sort out a game plan, or discuss how we can help you affordably and simply ‘eat the seasons’ or create that ‘stash’ for yourselves.
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