Lo­cal food is bet­ter food

Plan ahead to make the most of Nova Sco­tia prod­ucts when they are in sea­son

Truro Daily News - - LIFESTYLES - Jen­nifer Fer­gu­son

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.

Hun­gry for more? Like @ Sobeys­di­eti­tian on Face­book and Twit­ter for more tasty tips & recipes or re­ceive our sched­ule of events and Healthy Bits and Bites News­let­ter di­rectly to your in­box! Regis­ter at www.sobeysphar­macy.com/news­let­ter.

NU­TRI­TION EVENTS

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.

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