It’s mid-summer here in Nova Scotia and so the time for harvesting local summer fruit. The image shows a harvest from our small gardens here in Port Maitland – our strawberries have been good this year, but we have to be quick to get them before the birds find them, and this year with all the wet they deteriorate quickly. The raspberries are at their peak right now and so we harvested enough for eating as a dessert alone, and we had so many that this mixture of berries went into a pie to be consumed later.
The blueberries are also starting, something our dog Sam approves of as he has learned that he can pick them along with us, and he’s quite good at it! Fresh local berries make some of my favourite pies, and with apples coming along for later when fall arrives, it is a wonderful time to “go local” with our food.
Eating local is something we can all do to help the planet out, and to improve our own health. Shipping fruit from all over the world provides variety, but costs the planet in greenhouse gasses produced and the stuff is never as good as fresh picked. A simple way to be “greener”, and besides, it’s quite tasty as well.