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Local organic food will return

Be patient. The bees are stirring.

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Let’s just remember that it is winter, and there are still plenty of vegetables left. However, there is not much diversity, as stated in Neal Ozano’s food story last week, “Organic basket case.” Tomato lust and cherry fever are brewing all around us as the maple sap flows and the sweet liquid that sustains life starts to brew beneath the surface we walk. Having all of the vegetables you want and getting them organically is not what eating local is about. It’s impossible. There just aren’t enough local organic farmers with storage crops to feed Nova Scotia right now. But the ones that are still have carrots! We need to learn again that we can’t get what we want whenever we want if we are choosing to separate ourselves from the global supermarket. We need to talk to our elders while they are still here to learn how they keep tomatoes in cans all year. Start planning now for your own vegetable future. Be humble and thankful to the farmers who are feeding and keeping us alive through the winter. As we enter spring the spiral will turn plentiful and diverse: parsley, spinach, rhubarb, then wabham! So many strawberries, you’re eating them for every meal. Be patient. The bees are stirring. ---Lydia Pedri, Halifax

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