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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