Richmond Eats: The Local Eating Guide

Richmond Eats: The Local Eating Guide

 

IMG_20151013_172900Check out the wide range of meats, fruits, and veggies grown in Richmond with the 2016 Local Food Guide.

Since 2007, Richmond Food Security Society has produced this map to guide people to Richmond grown foods.  There are over 30 farmers who sell at farm gate direct to the consumer, as well as farmers markets.  Call ahead or check their websites to find out seasonal hours and availability.

This guide is a valuable tool for those who take The Richmond Eats Local Eating Challenge!

Why Eat Local?

“Eating locally isn’t just a fad like the various diets advertised on late-night TV—it may be one of the most important ways we save ourselves and the planet.” -Dr. David Suzuki

Eating local is about bringing communities closer to the roots of our food production systems, nourishing not only the belly, but also our relationships with one another and the land that sustains us. Local food:  

  • Sustains. Buying local sustains both local livelihoods and our environment. It helps small family farms stay on the land, and reduces supply chain carbon emissions.
  • Delights. Local produce is packed with nutrition and flavour due to freshness and optimum ripeness. Keep an eye out for seasonal surprises to expand your palate.
  • Connects. Farmer’s markets are a fruitful forum for cultivating connections between neighbours, farmers, the land, and seasons.
  • Empowers. Community members have the opportunity to influence how our food is produced and distributed.

 

 

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    Policies create problems for farmland

    […] Richmond Food Security, a local City agency, actively encourages residents to buy locally produced food because it’s nutritious, healthier and costs less than imported supermarket produce. It also requires no travel since it’s sold or picked right at the farm and it supports local farmers. Residents close by can walk or cycle to buy produce from nearby farms – which leads to better health. The City’s Official Community Plan also protects farmland. But the City has no authority over the provincial or federal governments which Councillors see as a threat to farmland. There’s a clash of interests which affects our food supply. “We produce only about 45% of our food, and the rest comes from elsewhere, said Dr. Lenore Newman, the Canadian Research Chair in Food Security at the University of the Fraser Valley. “We should be strengthening the ALR, not damaging it,” said Newman. “To the end, local residents are getting together to help shape government policy and saying “Hands off Farmland.” Teresa Murphy is a writer who lives on ALR land on Finn Road.  This is my personal opinion blog and has nothing to do with clients I work with. […]

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    Lasting Abundance: One family's pledge to eat local | Heart On Collective

    […] I believe in local food because I believe a robust local food system builds resistance to global changes; because I believe when we value our food, we’ll value the land on which it’s grown; and because I know that buying local means buying food that’s fresher, healthier, and has a much smaller carbon footprint. […]