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Pender Harbour mushroom festival

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Wild food plays a large role in Canadian cuisine, perhaps more so than in any other cuisine in any other country. Almost everyone enjoys our wild salmon, and across the country wild berries are gathered every summer, but  every Autumn a different bounty is quietly collected across the country; many mushrooms come into season as the first rains brush the …

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Mini Kiwis available at Whole Foods

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Actinidia arguta is in town, and so we have a rare chance to try a really interesting fruit. Sometimes called the Hardy Kiwi, the fruits are about the size of a grape, have an edible (ie. non-furry) skin, and look and taste pretty much like a kiwi inside. They are a little sweeter than a kiwi, and are incredibly hard …

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Blackberry Season

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There were many things I missed about the West Coast during my thirteen years wandering the world.  Fresh salmon, rain falling onto endless waves of evergreens, phoning friends back east in February to talk about the sudden appearance of Spring. These all come to mind, but one of the highlights, one of my great cravings, is the wonder of blackberry …

Economics and the Locavore’s Dilemma: Comparative advantage, relative advantage and local food

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A number of people have asked me to write further about Pierre Desrocher’s “Locavore’s Dilemma”, particularly with respect to the economics of local food. In particular I’ve been asked about comparative advantage, which is a key point of Dr. Desrocher’s argument. Can’t this principle be disproven? Surely it doesn’t work in the real world? Well, the truth is comparative advantage …

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The Dulse of Grand Manan

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I’m a sucker for both ferry rides and islands, and so we loaded the car onto the Grand Manan Adventure for the trip to this isolated New Brunswick outpost. This beautiful yet ghostly island is known for one of our most unusual foods: dulse! Dulse is a type of red seaweed that is extremely high in protein, iron and trace …