One of the excuses you get when you talk about eating local is that it just isn’t possible to travel all over the city to different markets and shops to buy the ingredients. Then we are told by multimillion dollar ad campaigns that it is time consuming and near impossible to prepare meals. You know the ones with the rushed mother chopping vegetables at the board room meeting. In reality there needs to be a shift in how we eat along with a shift in the importance of eating.
My grandmother married my grandfather over 80 years ago and she told her grandchildren about the hardships that they faced during the early years of their marriage. They built a sod cabin near Didsbury and she talked about hauling water from 500 yards away and having bread dough freeze in the middle of the cabin on some nights. She cooked, baked, cleaned, preserved, and anything else necessary to survive in Alberta 80 years ago and it was all in a day’s work.
My Grandmother had 24 hours in a day and if I’m correct, there are still 24 hours in day. We are busier than ever though and there just doesn’t seem to be the time. What if we make time? I don’t mean create a time machine and pause the world before every meal, but reevaluate our priorities and make time to gather ingredients, prepare them, and dine together. We might spend a little less time on Facebook or skip a round of golf now and then, but we’ll be healthier and happier. You choose what to do with your 24 hours and once you choose to eat locally you find the time.
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