Best Winter Surprises Part 3: Arugula and Pac Choy

In the summertime, eating local is a breeze.  I gorge myself on blueberries until I start to take on a round, purplish appearance.  Basil is everywhere, cheap and fresh (saucy minx that it is).  Tomatoes, heavy-bottomed and perfect, abound.  When I step into the actual foodstore from June through September–as opposed to farm stores, where…

Best Winter Surprises Part 2: Mini Stores and Honour Boxes

Until I visited Ladner, BC, I’d never encountered an honour box.  I was vaguely familiar with honour systems, with favours, with stores where if you forgot your money or were a little short, you could pay next time.  I didn’t have vast experience with them, regardless of the quaint assumptions many people hold about island…

Best Winter Surprises Pt 1: Harold, The Surprise Carrot

Spring’s nearly here.  Which means I’ll shortly be planting foods, from potatoes and broccoli to quinoa and black chickpeas. I’ve been hoarding (in true winter style) some pictures of special harvest treats enjoyed during the winter season.  As the days stretch out and the sun shows signs of actually returning once more, as the daffodils…