There are several ways to get more involved in buying local. Here are some ideas for integrating foods and products from here into our daily lives.
My region, star of my fridge
I am lucky to live in a region, surrounded by agricultural fields, but yet 20 minutes from Montreal (when there is no construction on the bridge, of course). I say "lucky" because for 6 years now, this city, its inhabitants and especially their passion for local products have greatly changed my way of life. Nothing beats meeting the guy who grew and picked my lettuce to convince me to choose his over the one from the United States. I make it a point of pride to eat meat raised a few kilometers from my home or to receive while praising the merits of the beer of my city.
An ecological choice
When you know that food travels an average of 2,000 to 5,000 kilometers before arriving at the grocery store, buying local becomes a considerable option if you plan to reduce your ecological footprint.
Eating local, is it expensive?
One of the misconceptions about buying local is that it costs more. In some cases yes, I confirm it. And quite frankly and a littleselfishly I will always prioritize the financial well-being of my family over the well-being of traders. However, if, as in the case of foods you buy in season, you will get what you pay for. In addition to saving, you will gain in flavor. Think of Quebec strawberries that are currently affordable and absolutely delicious. Nothing to do with the giant strawberries full of water found in supermarkets in winter. So stock up on them by freezing them for your future smoothies or muffins. In August, with the children, establish a new tradition by organizing a big family party to cane your tomatoes.
A habit to pass on to children
Through simple activities, we can make our children aware of the notions of the local economy and develop their sense of belonging. You can fish and praise the merits of Quebec fish, go pick your own, visit a farm where cheese is produced, for example, go to the municipal ceramic café on a rainy day, go to the city theater rather than go see a mega American production for children. In short, do agritourism, ask the children to choose the fruits they would like to taste during their visit to a public market. Swap the fast food chains for a tour of the snack bars of Quebec and invent a list of the best poutines in the area. Get creative and savor your regions.
A political gesture
Following Trump's maneuvers and his trade policiesabusive, supporting local products has never been more important. In addition, since May 9, in order to promote local fruits and vegetables, the MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Quebec) obliges all merchants to indicate the origin of the latter by putting the mention Products of Quebec.
- Follow the social networks of your favorite local businesses to follow their activities, new products, contests and promotions.
- Have you just moved? Find the Facebook groups attached to your new city and ask citizens for their favorites in the region.
- To discover recipes, local businesses and gourmet anecdotes, visit the Aliments du Québec.
Signé Local is a very interesting showcase of the fact in Quebec. Very complete web platform, I particularly like its directory which brings together craftsmen according to their region. You will find clothes for children, coffee, products for the beard of darling like syrups to pimp your summer cocktails. The company recently opened a store in Quartier Dix30 in Brossard.