|Apples from the back yard, low food miles, great taste, and free.|
How far your food travels has serious consequences for your health and the climate. People are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. Better nutrition, less waste and a lower carbon footprint are the result.
At the grocery store I can buy apples from the far reaches of the world. Not only do they have outrageous food miles, but they are also very expensive. I don't want those apples.
I don't want apples from New Zealand (14,978 km/9306 miles)
I don't want apples from South Africa (12,142 km/7,545 miles).
I don't want apples from Chile (8957.64 km/5566.02 miles).
I don't want apples from British Columbia, Canada (4030.46 km/2504.41 miles).
I don't even want apples from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (58.72 km/36.49 miles).
No, all things considered, I want apples from my backyard.
|Things taste better when you have harvested them with your own two hands.|
This summer I found a beautifully laden apple tree a few minutes from my back door (about 500 m/1640 feet). Two days and two nice hikes later and I have a big sack of gleaned apples to store for the winter.
The only way it could be more local than that is if the apple tree was growing in the middle of my kitchen.
Since we started our garden this summer we have not bought kale, carrots, peas, beans, radishes, summer savoury, basil, or cilantro. Now I can add apples to my growing list of foods I have not had to buy from afar. We can get them from a-near instead.
|Linda - queen of the apples that came all the way from a tree we can see from our window.|
The next planned addition will be to plant some garlic this week so we can harvest our own next summer, and quit buying it from China... which is 10, 638 km/6610 miles away.
Our garlic will be growing 3 meters/15 feet from our front door.
We're changing food miles to food feet, which lowers our carbon footprint and adds nutrients and taste to our diet. It also feels extremely satisfying to break free of our reliance on Big Food, and grow and pick food with our own hands.