Monday, July 11, 2011
We made our way through Nova Scotia at a time when we could visit the Halifax Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. This market is the oldest in the country and one of the best, and at its best on Saturdays. It has expanded dramatically since we lived there, occupying the former brewery which was its old home, and its new, expanisve digs at Pier 20. Both sites are pictured above The Pier 20 building is now an environmental marvel as well as a venue for hundreds of food producers, vintners, brewers, and artisans. We loved the market then, and it is wonderful still.
Because we were on our way to our south shore refuge for a week we stocked up on all kinds of stuff: a chicken, sausages, bread, pastries, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, strawberries. All produced by people who will chat you up while tallying your bill.
I seem to regularly revisit the importance of food grown locally. Its not the "be all and end all" but for us it is important both from a health standpoint and a spiritual perspective. We need to be connected to the food which nourishes and sustains us, as well as those who produce it. The Old Testament has a largely agrarian focus, and Jesus uses many images of field and food. So why wouldn't this matter to us?
How about you this summer? Are your gardens growing in all this heat? Have you been able to buy local?