Yesterday middle child was feeling quite sad because she wouldn’t be joining us for dinner. See, she decided to stay for spring/summer school while her older sister had returned home for the summer. She naturally phoned me just as I was making dinner, nothing grand but as usual supper is always eaten at the dinner table (unless it is Friday when I don’t cook). Since we were already chatting on Skype, middle child asked if I would set the laptop up at the end of the table so she could join us. Little did I know she would print-screen me! If you look closely, she is in the upper right hand corner.
The next day was much better for middle child, she received her ‘Hunter’ rain boots in the mail.
7:58 a.m. Middle child: Walked right through a puddle and no leakage. It’s awesome. Me: oohlala Middle child: Yah man I feel very awesome doing that. (She’s 19 and feeling awesome!) Me: Glad to hear you enjoy puddle hoping. (Really? At her age?) Middle child: Thank you for the rain boots. Me: You’re welcome. Middle child: Why are you up so early? (Because your father decided to sleep in and someone had to feed the damn dog). Me: Fed the pooch. Debating on a walk but I have neither rain boots nor a rain coat. (Money was spent on the ‘Hunter’ rain boots and your orthotics, waiting for rebate from insurance company). Middle child: I bought soy milk yesterday. I’m going to try to cut all bad stuff out. I went for a walk Mom, it was nice. Me: Just read an article on milk. Skim milk is best followed by soy. (Everything that mom reads is right). Middle child: I don’t like skim milk at all. Me: It is fine. Middle child: You know when you eat an apple and its, like your first bite and you know its going to be a good apple. I had a delicious apple this morning. (Is she on something? This is weird). Me: Okay, I’m happy for you. (Geez, it’s just an apple). Middle child: Thanks. Me: Have fun in school. (I’m going back to bed). Middle child: Thanks. Me: Bye Middle child: sends icon of heart. Me: sends icon of heart.
On my last visit to my very popular neighbourhood grocery store (which will remain nameless), I found that 90% of their produce came from either Mexico or some other country. So I did what every consumer with time on her/his hands does, I wrote a letter explaining my disappointment with their lack of Canadian produce.
“…Please know that we are strongly committed to supporting local businesses and the Canadian economy. One example of this ongoing effort is the fact that we are proud to be the number one retailer when it comes to supporting local produce growers; with approximately 27 per cent of our year-round produce purchases being home-grown, and supplied to us by over 400 local farmers across Canada. This is just one example of our loyalty to local suppliers, as thousands of Canadian products can be found in all departments throughout our stores. That being said, there are times when local vendors simply cannot meet our quantity demands or quality standards and we have to look elsewhere for supply. As I’m sure you can appreciate, cost is also a priority for us, as our focus is on delivering our customers low everyday prices….”
I don’t know what other people are thinking, but I think that 27% is a ridiculously low amount of Canadian produce. Is there any reason as to why we can’t have hot-house tomatoes from somewhere in Canada? Why do tomatoes have to come all the way from Mexico (and where in Mexico for that matter, from the north? the south?). They are obviously not fully ripe when they are picked thus they are ripening on the way here, so I am sure the flavour is tossed right out the truck they are travelling in. The same goes for cucumbers, peppers, and any other vegetable out there. Sure we can’t grow peaches, plums and pears in the winter and we can’t grow bananas or oranges but we have so many different varieties of apples that keep over the winter that there is certainly no reason to import them.
So now I go out of my way to shop for groceries. I travel to the local market and various other grocery stores in search of only Canadian produce. I take my electric bike when I can and if I do not have too much to carry. Soon my garden will start producing veggies and this year I will freeze and can until my husband says that is enough all ready.