Locavore: Someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles (240 km). The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food, with some arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.  

To me, the importance of eating locally, whenever possible is about diminishing your carbon imprint. However, equally important to me, is the fact that I can support local farmers and businesses that are making the effort to produce products that are farmed in a sustainable way, or are exceptional products that improve the food culture and landscape in my small corner of the world!  

I am far from being obsessive compulsive about my local eating habits, and I refuse to renounce the happiness that comes from a beautiful bottle of new olive oil or an aged Amarone. I will continue to very much enjoy cooking with ingredients that are not from within a couple hundred kilometers of my home, such as seafood, miso, spices, citrus, sea salt, wine, parmigiano-reggiano, and olive oil.  
With that in mind, I will try to support locally and ethically raised ingredients, wherever possible. This page is dedicated to the search for those ingredients in my neighbourhood. I will also publish reviews, interviews and thoughts on local restaurants, markets etc. In other words: all things related to the Southwestern Ontario food scene!

Favourite sites:

* St. Jacobs Farmer's Market
* Food Inc. at the Goderich Theatre
* River's Edge Goat Dairy

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