Becoming a Vegetable Locavore

We’re going local with our fruit and vegetable consumption. For the rest of the summer, Emily and I are trying not to buy any fruit or vegetables from the grocery store. We have an abundance of vegetables in our garden and we get a weekly CSA share. We’re also buying local fruit and vegetables from the farmers market, to add a bit more variety. The only downside is that we’ll be without pineapple, avocado, and bananas for a few months. On the bright side, we get to take eat amazing local produce grown in BC, and really take advantage of the short fruit seasons (strawberries are done, cherries are in season, blueberries are just starting, and peaches are coming up).

Garden Rows Garden Overfloweth Exploding Garden
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Our garden is exploding right now. Our biggest challenge is eating the vegetables fast enough. We’re harvesting arugula, kale, basil, green onions, carrots, beets, and peas. Our tomato plants are starting to flower, and we should have tomatoes in a few weeks. The kale is our most prolific grower, and I’ve resorted to giving away bags of it at work.

Garden Fresh Vegetables

It’s a good problem to have. I love kale and I’m getting more creative with my recipes. Today I had a kale smoothie, a kale-blueberry salad, and soba noodles with a peanut-kale sauce. In the past few days, we’ve also made beet and sunflower raw pizza, raw zucchini pasta, beet and kale coleslaw, broccoli casserole, and pesto pasta.

Beet and Sunflower Pizza Beet Salad and Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Rice Casserole Blueberry Kale Salad

Soba Noodles and Peanut Kale Sauce Raw Zucchini Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce

Rooftop Garden Picnic Vegan Dinner

Our increased vegetable consumption has meant more compost – more than our worms can handle. Luckily there’s a Food Scraps Drop Spot Tuesday nights in the Olympic Village where we can bring our extra food scraps.
Olympic Village Food Scraps Drop Spot Oscar the Grouch

5 thoughts on “Becoming a Vegetable Locavore”

  1. Great post! At the risk of sounding ridiculous, not that many vegetarians love vegetables – there’s a real temptation to fill up on nuts, soy-based meat substitutes, crackers and boxed cereal.

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    1. I’ve seen that sometimes. I think that’s part of the reason that dietitians and nutritionists have started talking about “plant-based diets” instead of “vegan diets”, to distinguish those that are rich in raw vegetables from those that just replace meat with processed soy alternatives.

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  2. WOW! Talk about prolific. Too bad I can’t help you with harvesting the vegetables. Haven’t acquired a taste for kale, so can’t help you there.
    Continued success with your garden. I can see Baba Luhowy smiling!

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  3. OHMYGOSH! That’s amazing! Would you mind sending me some arugula? 😀 Great posts, beautiful picture, impeccable writing. Excellent site mate!

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