Have you thought of buying more local? Or do you already? Even if you do not, you may care to check out Lachine’s very own P’tits Marchés who will be at the parking lot of The Teapot Center every Fridays until September from 10 am to 11:30 am where they offer fresh, affordable, locally grown, organic produce.

Though it may be convenient, enjoyable and sometimes necessary to eat food that comes from faraway places, it’s sometimes easy to overlook all the local goodness that our neighbors can offer. You may have heard of some benefits associated with buying food grown from our backyards such as lowering the carbon footprint, increasing your health, and supporting our community, but here are some more information that you may find interesting:

 

1) Locally grown foods are rich and buzzing with life!

Since there is less transportation time when food is grown locally, they are more fresh and full of energy! You could enjoy your fruits and vegetables without worrying about added preservatives and chemicals (your body will loooooove it!). You can almost hear the minerals, fibers, and other nutrients dancing around in these produce. Studies show that the more fresh (or alive) your food is, the more life energy it supplies you with, and the more health benefits you reap such as decreasing the risk of cancer and other illnesses.

 

2) Locally grown food helps you connect with your body and stay connected to the earth.

For yoga enthusiasts and all others, here is an interesting quote:

“In yoga, the prescription for eating food is the distance a man can walk in a day. In a single day, the distance you can walk should be the radius of the area from which you eat. You should not eat food that is grown far away from you because the body that you carry is essentially a piece of this planet. If you are eating food from that specific area where you are living, there is a constant interaction between your body and the earth.” –Sadhguru.

Science also supports this since our health and the environment are connected. In fact, direct contact with the electrons on the surface of the Earth has many positive outcomes. Can you imagine if we ate what is grown directly from it?

 

3) You know where your food comes from

When food is grown in our backyards, you know exactly where they come from and have more direct contact with the farmers/people who grow them. This can also help us be more mindful of things.

 

Here is a tasty and healthy salad dressing recipe (courtesy of Les P’tits Marchés de Lachine https://www.facebook.com/lesptitsmarchesdelachine)

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon grilled sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seed soup

 

References:

https://www.freshwayfoods.com/homepage/our-products/produce-facts/nutritional-benefits/

https://isha.sadhguru.org/ca/en/wisdom/article/eating-local-yogic-prescription-wellbeing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/