IT'S GREENBELT GROWN

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It’s the time of year where fruits and vegetables are bountiful! I love buying local produce – they are picked only when fully ripe and delivered far more quickly than food from another province, country or continent.

Every Saturday during the summer months, my friend and I visit St. Lawrence market to pick up fresh goodies. Local produce tastes better, lasts longer and retains nutrients far longer than food shipped across endless kilometres.

Also, food that travels shorter distances helps reduce energy use and air pollution.  Another plus of buying local: you’re helping the local economy and supporting local farmers!

For the month of August…

Look for these fresh Greenbelt vegetables:

  • Sweet corn, cucumbers, peas, green beans, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, celery, lettuce, spinach, peppers, squash/ pumpkin, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant

Look for these fresh Greenbelt Fruits:

  • Apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, blueberries, grapes, melons

There are also many pick-your-own farms you can visit! Pick your own strawberries and make your own jam, or pick your own apples for an apple crumble, or pick up some blueberries for blueberry muffins.

--Amy

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