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Savour food – I love this @lisamonforton article – Taste Alberta: Chefs help feed eat-local movement with Taste Alberta Tuesdays

Alberta Asparagus  I have 25 asparagus plants in my backyard Edgar's Asparagus has 26 acres - I rely on them for the bulk of my eating Asparagus on Hand - self-portrait - Karen Anderson

Alberta Asparagus
I have 25 asparagus plants in my backyard
Edgar’s Asparagus has 26 acres – I rely on them for the bulk of my eating
Asparagus on Hand – self portrait – Karen Anderson

Taste Alberta: Chefs help feed eat-local movement with Taste Alberta Tuesdays.

Tuesdays are going to taste like Alberta in the month of June. Don’t know what Alberta tastes like? Just go to the restaurants featured in Lisa Monforton’s Taste Alberta article above and you will find out what the taste of this place, Alberta, is. This concept is known as terroir and has been used for centuries by wine growers. It’s what allows wine masters to take a sip of wine blindfolded and know exactly what appellation in France or vineyard in Australia the wine came from. A well made wine tastes like the minerals, soil (sometimes a fired meltdown from a volcano), water, air – all the elements – of the place it came from. The idea of terroir is slowly becoming mainstream for food lovers around the world and here in Alberta as well.

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Savour food – @LisaMonforton’s Taste Alberta article: Close-to-home-grown goodness

Broxburn tomatoes from Lethbridge are one of the local items on the menu at Geoff Roger's Market Restaurant on 17 Ave in Calgary - Photo credit Karen Anderson

Broxburn tomatoes from Lethbridge are one of the local items on the menu at Geoff Roger’s Market Restaurant on 17 Ave in Calgary – Photo credit Karen Anderson

Taste Alberta: Close-to-home-grown goodness.

I like to read Taste Alberta in the Calgary Herald every Wednesday. The focus is on Alberta food producers and processors and today writer Lisa Monforton gave several tips for getting more regionally produced foods on your plate. I always learn something from Monforton. Because I don’t watch TV, I didn’t realize Shaw TV has a daily feature called Farm Fresh Everyday. You can see the farms they’ve featured thus far here. I’ll be happy when they post the videos on the web. That would greatly increase my chances of ever seeing them.

Another initiative Monforton describes to help consumers identify local products is the use of bright orange stickers to flag and score local products on grocery store shelves. The program is called “Localize”. You can learn more about that program here. Adding the score is interesting. It does add another layer of the transparency in food production most of us are now craving.

I’ll be sharing some of my ideas about how to Eat Locally at the Southwood branch of the Calgary Public Library on Wednesday, June 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m. I enjoy the chance to meet people who are interested in this topic. I encourage them to be thoughtful in their choices. Afterall, being mindful is one the ways we can savour our food.

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