Local food is better food
Plan ahead to make the most of Nova Scotia products when they are in season
Did you know Sobeys offers thousands of products from hundreds of suppliers in Atlantic Canada? And that, when given the choice, Sobeys will make every effort to buy local food products first?
In fact, annually, more than 25 per cent of produce at Sobeys is purchased from Atlantic Canadian growers.
Right now, there are many great seasonal products like apples, broccoli, squash and even strawberries, ensuring our customers have a wide variety of local, Nova Scotia produce to choose from throughout the month of September and beyond.
Choosing fresh, local foods not only supports local famers and growers, it is good for you and your family’s health. When food products are bought locally, the distance from the field to fork is shorter, which makes it possible for growers to provide the freshest, tastiest food to fill your plate.
PEAK SEASON PRODUCE TIPS:
•Stock up – Stock up on local produce when in season. When local produce is in season, it often is sold at a lower price. Look for local apples, squash, broccoli and potatoes this time of year.
• Blanch it – Blanch fresh produce such as beans, kale, Swiss chard and asparagus. Place in boiling water for one to two minutes, then shock in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process and maintain a bright green colour. Place flat on a parchment-lined baking tray and freeze. Once frozen, place produce in freezer bags for local produce on hand all winter.
• Freeze – Freeze fresh local fruit such as strawberries and blueberries.
• Purée – In a food processor, purée any fresh berry. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. These are great for adding a local boost to smoothies or to water.
• Build a better soup – Broccoli, squash and pumpkin are all great vegetables to make into soup and freeze.
• The secret’s in the sauce – Go homemade with your own tomato sauce or dive into making your own apple sauce. Even mix in some pear, too.
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Did you know? Sobeys dietitians offer a variety of free nutrition classes and one-on-one counselling.
HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR A HEALTHY HEART
Join a free six-week program to learn how eating to keep your heart healthy can do so much more. Limit of 14. Starts Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call Jennifer at 902-895-7382 for information.
Jennifer Ferguson is a registered
dietitian with Sobeys in Truro.