Ayurveda is the study of relationships – opposites balance eachother out; like increases like. As we continue to explore the relationship between us and our food, let’s start seeing ourselves as a part of the ecosystem, not above it. Good food cannot be reduced to single ingredients; it requires a web of relationships to support it.
So how do we eat? Before that, how do we purchase food?
Whether we do it consciously or not, the purchases we make send a message to companies and the government about what we want to see more of in the world. That means that we vote with our dollar. So buy the things that you want to see more of: free-range eggs, antibiotic-free meat, local/organic grains and vegetables, raw honey…whatever it is that makes sense to you! How we eat needs to reflect a whole system of agriculture – not just cherry-picking ingredients that we favour at the moment; let’s start eating in a way that is based on what the landscape and oceans can provide.
Discovering new foods and food producers is so much fun – here is a short list to get you started!
Sourcing Local/Seasonal Food in Winnipeg – A Short List
Bee Project Apiaries
Many of the foods and crops we eat rely on bees to pollinate these plants. With the global honeybee population on the decline, it is all the more imperative that we look at the relationships in our ecosystem and see what roles we can play in supporting them. Bee Project Apiaries are the founders of the Urban Pollination Project, which maintains hives within the city of Winnipeg. Operating like a CSA*, you can host a hive and share in the honey that is harvested! Another way to do your part is to grow native wildflowers that attract honeybees, avoid the use of pesticides and fertilizers in your garden, and of course, eat honey! You can find Bee Project Apiaries honey at Little Sister Coffee Maker, Parlour, and farmer’s markets.
A small bites restaurant AND butchery in St. Boniface! They also offer courses on butchering and cooking and stock tons of local food products. An establishment like this makes well-raised meat easily and readily accessible to busy urban folk – so exciting!!
Hearts and Roots
Hearts and Roots is a small-scale, spray-free vegetable farm located 3 km south of Elie, Manitoba, right on the La Salle River. They grow over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. All of their seed is either organic or untreated and none of the species are GMO. The farm is committed to responsible agriculture and the role it plays in an inspired community. Visit their website to learn more about their CSA program.
Small Farms Manitoba
A directory of small farms, CSA shares, U-pick farms, and farmer’s markets in friendly Manitoba. A great place to get an overview of what’s available in terms of delicious, well-made local food.
Ryan Pengelly and his family grow delicious Manitoban quinoa on their farm close to Erickson, Manitoba. They also raise pastured pigs (Berkshire and Duroc-Large White cross) and chickens, which allows the farm to work towards a sustainable and self-sufficient system of operation. Find awesome quinoa recipes on their website; their quinoa can be bought online and around the city (try Bouchée Boucher). They are also a few short years away from completing their organic certification.
*CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Members sign up for weekly farm shares prior to the growing season. This allows farmers to purchase seed and equipment before planting begins. Members receive boxes of produce for weekly pickup, and in turn, take on some of the risk (and reward!) of farming.
Happy food discovering!