Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something completely different

Last week Phil and I watched Food, Inc., a documentary on America's (and by extension Canada's) corporate controlled food industry. We've been questioning our purchasing and eating habits for a few months now, but this film was a real eye opener, and raised some important questions for us about the kind of food we prepare for our family and where it should come from.

I think that we're fairly "good" in terms of food consumption. We're not vegetarians, but we will try to have one vegetarian meal a week. We don't go to fast food restaurants, as a matter of fact we rarely go to the restaurant period. I make almost all our meals at home, as opposed to buying convenience foods that I can just nuke and be done with...

And yet we can always do more, right? There's a local farmers' kiosk about a 10 minute walk from my house, and we never go. We don't eat enough vegetables, I don't read labels, we eat too much meat and pasta...

Well, this week I did my shopping a little differently. I tried to buy locally produced fruits and vegetables (no small feat in December!), I bought organic whenever possible, all with an eye to the budget... I'm only just beginning, so I think I could have made better choices, but I'm getting there.

Another thing I did was to sign us up for an organic fruits and vegetables delivery service called Le Jardin des Anges. I'd read about them on my friend Caroline's blog last summer, and although she ultimately decided it wasn't for her, I was curious to give it a shot. I figured that by signing up I would have a week's supply of organic fruits and vegetables, it was convenient, and it would also encourage us to broaden our palette and eat more foods we're not accustomed to.

I got my first delivery this morning, and I'm pretty happy with what we got:

Celeri, shallots, lettuce, tomatoes, Jerusalem artichoke (a first! we actually had to Google them, lol!), zucchinis, blueberries, mandarines, apples, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers and oranges. We also received some sunflower sprouts and germinated lentils. Sweet!

So that's what we're up to chez Dear! Trying to get on a healthier path, for ourselves, our environment, the whole shebang. Hopefully we can keep it up.

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Alrischa said...

That all looks so healthy and nice. Suddenly I feel like vege soup!

Hmm... we should eat more f and v. We just planted THIRTY strawberry plants, but I'm not sure if that should be counted ;)

Caroline said...

Your basket looks nice! It makes me want to try the service again! Hehe. I just need to hit the Marché again, I haven't gone much these past few weeks.

knitspot anne said...

oh, i love jerusalem artichoke; i once made a soup with that and it was DE licious (sorry, can't remember the cookbook i used).
that's a good idea for next year's garden . . . they are easy to grow

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I've never had Jersusalem Artichoke... how was it? Did you eat it? If so, how?

The delivery looks really nice! Do that do that out in the West Island too?