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Thoughtful Thursday meets #What’s on your plate

My earliest memory, the winter I was 3, involves a cold winters night. I was bundled up and went to the barn to “help” dad milk cows. In reality I was probably driving my mother crazy and so she sent me outside which was standard practise. Single ligjt bulb from the middle of the barn. My dad hunched against a cow and the sound of the milk hitting the pail. The steam rising from fresh cow poop. And a cow calving. My response to dad was “I wondered how dat was going to get out of dere”.

Fast forward a few decades and many many farm visits with our children. They were lucky enough to see a few new calves being born. Three more decades later and we are repeating the process again.

The calf in front of Annabelle (lying down) was about an hour old.

The opening paragraphs and accompanying photo might seem like a weird sequel into a what’s on your plate blog challenge and a thoughtful Thursday post but hang in there and keep reading.

Because I want to talk about the correlation between eating and food. As a farm kid you know that most animals become supper in the fall. We spent time ensuring that our children knew where the food came from and now the grandchildren. Besides the animals each generation has/have been vegetable gardeners and so every child grows up knowing that carrots taste the best straight from the garden.

Raspberry picker in training. At this stage she eats more than hit the container but that’s ok

But back to the what’s on the plate, which this time is just rhetorical rather than physical. Which is how it meets thoughtful Thursday. I just want to encourage readers to think about eating local. I totally recognize that this can, up front, cost more than grocery shopping at Walmart. But, and it’s a huge but, the cost to the climate is smaller. Local fruit, veggies and meat in season taste better, support local agriculture and have a smaller environmental impact. Challenge yourself to look at your food footprint.

A really great book on this subject is by a local Saskatoon food writer. It’s called Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner by Amy Jo Ehman. For an entire year they ate local like her grandparents would have. Kind of like how I decided to make “Cacciatore” because only 2 generations ago food was scarce, the dirty thirties were having a huge impact and most food did not come from a store.

A totally “outside the box” #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge. I often climb on a soap box and I’ve done it once again. I definitely have strong opinions about eating local and as anyone who has read this blog for a while or who knows me in person knows that I actually walk this talk.

What’s your favourite local food? Hands down for me it’s saskatoons. Fingers crossed that there is no frost and no crazy wind to blow off the blossoms like last year.

A certain little someone also loves them!



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9 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursday meets #What’s on your plate

  1. Hi, Bernie – I loved your mix of ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ and ‘What’s On Your Plate.’ My husband and I try to shop and eat local as much as possible. My favourite kind of Saturday morning is getting up early and hitting our local Farmer’s Market. This is a habit that I have retained from my childhood. I’m already looking forward to popping by their tomorrow morning.
    Thanks again for a great, thought-provoking post.

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  2. Excellent post, Bernie! I grew up eating carrots pulled fresh from the garden, still warm from the earth…there’s nothing like it. I also grew up around farm animals, although not on an actual farm. We had chickens, a couple of pigs, a calf, and yes they all ended up on the supper table eventually. I’m looking forward to having a garden again later this summer…and planning for next year’s growing season! Next month I am visiting a permaculture farm on the island for a guided tour and lunch, where I hope to get some great ideas about gardening in this new-to-me climate.


    1. Yes it’s a totally different season out there. My friend on the island already has beans flowering. The time line there is a lot different so you are smart to get some solid local advise. Thanks for hosting– hope it wasn’t too far off target. Bernie

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  3. I like your idea of eating local, although where we live the FDA says that local is anything within 300 miles of where you live… which I don’t think of as local. This means that at Farmers’ Markets you can [legally] be buying produce described as local that has been shipped in from elsewhere. It’s a conundrum.


    1. 300 miles isn’t exactly local in our books up here eveb with our crazy spread out spaces. The two biggest farmers market gardeners are about 100km from Saskatoon but we do consider that local so I guess it is open to interpretation. The best local is the garden outside the door but that one involves work! Good to hear from you. Hope the renovation is actually moving along! Bernie

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  4. Your opening reminded me of a similar experience in the milking barns. Dad had good skills and used to aim the milk stream at our mouths. As to eating local, I agree. We do our best to shop at the local market once a week for fruit and veg grown as close to us as possible. The price is higher, the taste and lack of waste can not be beat. I am also with you on the s’toons. We used to pick those every year in Manitoba and Alberta. Happy Friday Bernie. Allan


    1. I remember aiming at the cats mouths. I didn’t and still don’t like warm milk. I figured you and Patti as local type shoppers. Do you farm gate meat at all? Bernie

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      1. I was never a fan of warm milk either and would often move out of the way. We do not go to the farms for meat, but one local producer has a stall in the market and we support him. Cheers.


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