Well, I'm more disappointed than ever in our local groceries. There's just no local produce anywhere. A couple of issues are behind this...
First, the big chains do consolidated ordering which means ordering in bulk, from places that can handle consistently huge orders. The store manager really doesn't have much control any more.
Second, it seems that more and more of our local farmland is being paved over. Where I used to see cherry orchards, I'm now seeing new housing - this particularly in the Guelph area where I often visit. So even if grocery stores wanted to buy the local crops, there may be less available as more farmers get out of business.
This is why growing support of local farming is so timely. We need to provide the demand that gives them an alternative to selling out. We also need to let our grocers know that we prefer local product and will support them too if they stock accordingly.
Well that's my vent...I'm off to the East York Farmer's Market to pick up food for the week. It runs every Tuesday - see the listing at the www.100milemeals.net site under Toronto.