Children are back at school in Vancouver, and summer has reached its unofficial end. September is now in full swing, and along with backpacks and books we’re seeing blackberries, tomatoes, corn and apples filling up markets and produce stands. It’s harvest time, and at VancouverMom.ca we’re enjoying every bite.
Peak of the Harvest
The time from now until Thanksgiving marks the high point of the harvest season, and we’d like to help you celebrate. We’ll be sharing stories from our contributors highlighting their local farmers’ markets. We have tips to help you forage for local food and some great local eating resources to share. We’ll also be asking you to share your favourite places to find fresh produce throughout the Vancouver area, whether it’s your own garden, a great local restaurant or a local farm.
There are a lot of ways to enjoy the harvest here in Vancouver, because our city is a hotbed for local food. Farmers’ markets are springing up in greater and greater numbers all across North America, but the Vancouver Farmers Markets have been running continuously since 1995. We were just way ahead of our time. Other markets have joined in all across the region in communities like Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Surrey, West Vancouver, New Westminster and Fort Langley, so wherever you live, farm fresh produce isn’t far away.
Local Food and Kids
There are a lot of reasons to eat local food. It’s better for the environment, it supports our local economy, and it just plain tastes better. If you have kids, there’s another big reason, too – you can teach your children where their food comes from. Whether you’re taking them to a farmers’ market, visiting a farm or working in the garden together, little ones love to get in on the action. They also love holidays, big and small. Round up your crew and plan a local Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll be celebrating the harvest, and teaching your kids about food and healthy eating all at the same time. Sounds like a winning proposition!
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.