The New Year and a Home-Grown Resolution

IMG_6272We all made our famous resolutions by now, yet some will be broken before the crocuses peek through the snow. I was never big on making them, for fear I would not live up to my own expectations. But this year is different … I am very passionate about my resolution and that’s the key to lasting success!

Buy local, eat local, I say!

I want to support the hard working folks around me and in the process contribute to a vibrant grass-roots culture. Isn’t that what makes a community?

Visiting the grocery store this time of year and perusing the fresh produce section, one has somewhat limited choices for locally grown goods from Ontario — well, heck, it’s winter around here! Who says we have to eat exotic fruits and veggies all year round?

Two days ago, I was able to get a number of healthy foods that were locally grown, such as apples, root veggies, and a few others. Plus I grow what I can on my small garden lot (I still have lots of potatoes stored away in my basement, lasting me through most of the winter, and my freezer is full of frozen goodness from the summer harvest — no need to buy raspberries from down south!)

But it doesn’t stop at food — a large number of merchants, artists, and artisans are happy to sell anything from gifts, clothing, and art. Let’s not forget the local entertainment scene, such as music, theatre and dance. When was the last time you attended a local play or a dance show? 

Why do we seem to love Hollywood stars more than our own? … “Individuals should be encouraged to buy more local art, more local crafts, to see more local theatre or local films,” Hill says. “If they do that, they’re supporting Canadian artists and they’re contributing to the earnings of Canadian artists. That is something we could all do as individuals.” (Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star, quoting Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research)

So what’s keeping YOU from going local?

It’s just a matter of finding the right sources. Make a list of local sellers and read labels at the grocery store: where do the apples come from? If I have a choice of getting Ontario apples, they’ll win every time! Find out about local art shows, dance companies, and musicians. Over the next few months, I will be showcasing a few of my favourites!

Food for Thought:

The average Canadian meal travels about 2,500 kilometres from farm to plate. But when you buy food grown in the Greenbelt, this distance drops to 250 km or less – a dramatic decrease in the ‘food miles’ required to reach your table! Greenbelt.ca

The Ontario Table — How To Buy Local Food

I’ll drink to that: 10 Reasons for going local, from the Ontario Wine Country.

Need a gift? Shop local on Etsy.

Buy local, support the arts.  Now Magazine.

Here’s to a home-grown New Year’s resolution!

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About gamppart

I'm a Visual Artist, Environmentalist, and Art Educator. My areas of creative expression include acrylic painting, mixed media and mosaic art. I especially like working with broken china, which allows me to use discarded, second-hand materials. I'm fond of textures, colours, and organic forms. Cats and chickens are my muse.
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