Did you know that BC is the second largest producer of blueberries in the world? We produce about 28% of the world’s blueberry crop, and 97% of Canada’s. That’s huge!
And most of the blueberries are produced in the Lower Mainland – around Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Surrey and Richmond. Which explains why we see fruit stands around Vancouver with local blueberries for sale.
In the summer we get most of our fruit and veggies from these local fruit stands or farmers markets. It seems like a good thing for a number of reasons.
Firstly the quality is generally way better than we find in the supermarkets.
Secondly, supporting local producers seems to be a win-win for our local economy. Why support farmers in California or Mexico?
Thirdly, the whole 100 mile diet idea struck a chord for us. Again this is about local food and reducing the carbon impact by eating locally. Eating what is in season and comes from the area keeps you in touch with the seasons and, going back to reason no. 1, it just tastes better!
So we are enjoying the peaches, nectarines, cherries, tomatoes, peppers, nugget potatoes and green beans now. Oh and my favourite topping for ice cream – blueberries.