A Bradley Cooper-Inspired Valentine’s Day

Let's take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to celebrate Valentine's Day. We are not one of those overly cheesy couples who shower each other with bouquets of flowers, candlelight dinners, boxes of chocolates, and soliloquies on Instagram about how nauseatingly in-love we are. That being said, we're also not those overly jaded couples … Continue reading A Bradley Cooper-Inspired Valentine’s Day

Top 3 Locally-Sourced Plant-Based Protein Options in KW Region (oh…and eggs.)

Here in southwestern Ontario, we live in a verdant cornucopia of agricultural richness. We don't have to go far outside of our city to see rolling fields and Amish vegetable gardens the size of our suburban backyard. You would think, because of all this rural vegetative abundance, that finding locally-grown, vegetarian protein sources would be … Continue reading Top 3 Locally-Sourced Plant-Based Protein Options in KW Region (oh…and eggs.)

Local Food and Becoming Accidental Vegetarians

We come from a long line of carnivorous, meat-loving, meat-producing farm stock. Grandparents, great-grandparents and aunts and uncles before us have all been movers and shakers in the meat-producing agricultural industry. Thus, both Jeff and I have grown up with meat being the cornerstone of every meal, the foundation to which our mashed potatoes and … Continue reading Local Food and Becoming Accidental Vegetarians

An Ode to Winter from an Obsessive Gardener’s Perspective

Remember how I was longing for the quiet of the winter months when I was knee-deep in canning jars and produce-laden wicker baskets? How I was looking forward to putting my feet up and reaping the literal fruits of our labours? Well, we are up to our eyeballs in snow and more is on it's … Continue reading An Ode to Winter from an Obsessive Gardener’s Perspective

A Harvest-Time Confession

I do realize that it's been over two months since I've posted anything. Meaning, in the course of our one-year journey towards local eating, almost a quarter of the year has been swallowed up in the black hole, mind-numbing abyss called harvest time. What started as an idealistic, Utopian induced "adventure" has quickly spiraled into a full-time … Continue reading A Harvest-Time Confession

Putting Up Peas: a.k.a. Food Preservation Brings Out My Inner Bear

Yesterday was probably the most unglamorous day thus far on our local food journey. For five hours, I shelled, stemmed, blanched and froze a half bushel of peas and a half bushel of beans. Mundane doesn't even begin to describe the longest five hours of my life. I get that I could have waited until … Continue reading Putting Up Peas: a.k.a. Food Preservation Brings Out My Inner Bear

Camping and Local Food: aka “What Have We Done?!”

Almost two weeks in and now I'm beginning to wonder what we signed ourselves up for. We leave for camping tomorrow with some of our closest friends. While I'm looking forward to most everything camping entails - hiking, long hours at the beach, campfires, bikes rides, reading, being totally unplugged - I am not looking … Continue reading Camping and Local Food: aka “What Have We Done?!”

Week One: The Feddema’s 100-Mile Local Food Journey

We're almost one week into our 100-Mile Food Journey and it's been rather dull. Maybe my expectations were a little too high. I was expecting this week to be overwhelmingly pivotal: feelings would range from excitement to tearing my hair out in desperation. But in reality, not much has changed. It's all been rather anti-climactic. … Continue reading Week One: The Feddema’s 100-Mile Local Food Journey

Food for Thought: The Spiritual Side to Local Eating

As time ticks closer towards July and the first day of our year-long local eating challenge, I have wrestled more and more with why we really want to do this challenge. Beyond teaching my girls what it means to appreciate food that is grown in our own backyard, why do we want to embark on … Continue reading Food for Thought: The Spiritual Side to Local Eating

100-Mile Food Journey: The Guidelines (a.k.a. Where the Rubber Meets the Road)

This is the post where we share the nitty, gritty guidelines for our 100 Mile Food Journey. Ever since I wrote my last blog post, my mind has hurled through a spectrum of emotions - "I can't wait to start! I want to start today! Look at this really cool food co-op I found! Did you know … Continue reading 100-Mile Food Journey: The Guidelines (a.k.a. Where the Rubber Meets the Road)