Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Local Eating - Spring Foods

Springtime on a farm pasture in Maple Ridge.

Now that we've talked about what "local food" means, it's time to talk about what local food is.

It's May! Springtime in Vancouver!

According to Get Local BC, the following foods are available locally:

Vegetables: Asparagus, celery, chard (swiss), greenhouse cucumbers, kale, mustard greens, onions (green), onions (red & yellow), peas, greenhouse peppers, new potatoes, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb (field), salad greens, shallots, spinach, greenhouse tomatoes, turnips (white)

Fruit: Rhubarb (field)

Meat & Dairy: Dairy products, eggs, beef, buffalo, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, ostrich, pheasant, pork, rabbit, turkey

Seafood: Clams, cod (Pacific), crab, Dungeness crab, flounder/sole (Pacific), halibut (Pacific), lingcod, mussels, oysters (Pacific), prawns (jumbo & spot), sablefish (black cod), scallops, shrimp (side stripe, west coast), Spring dogfish

Herbs: Bay leaves, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill leaf, fennel leaf, garlic chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory (winter), sorrel, tarragon, thyme

Etc: Honey, mushrooms, nuts

Next up... where to buy your local foods. May marks beginning of Farmer's Market season!

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