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Kingston is a Haven for Locavores

Definition: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible

Kingston is why I am a locavore - a statement that rings true to my time living in the city. I didn't know it at first but with the proximity to local farms, farmers' markets and best of all restaurants, the city of Kingston is a haven for foodies craving true local cuisine. Whether it's visiting Chien Noir Bistro for French-inspired dishes, Olivea for savoury Italian delight or Tango Neuvo for Spanish flare, you're in for a treat.  If you’ve never grown your own food or experienced the joy of eating a freshly picked veggie from the farmers' market, you’re missing out! Not only is it a journey for all of your senses, but locally produced foods are also tremendously beneficial for your community, your health, and the environment.

From our own urban veggie garden, an annual subscription to community-supported agricultural group (CSA) at Salt of the Earth Farm, attending food shows such as the Great Canadian Cheese Festival and routine visits to the local farmers' market, my foodie partner-in-crime and I are what you consider Locavores.

If you want to get to the nitty-gritty, a locavore so to speak is someone who prefers to eat locally grown and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. To go further, we are passionate locavores that tend to eat by what's in season but also finding the balance between good food and local ingredients. We are supporting local growers and sustainable farming practices; we eat foods that are better for us, the environment, and more importantly our taste buds!

But the main question on people's minds is why? That's simple! Local products are fresher, better-tasting, longer-lasting, and more nutritious. In a nutshell, consuming locally-sourced food has health and wellness benefits and this is why we choose a locavore lifestyle.

From fruits and vegetables to cheese curds, granola, beef, eggs, and more - the city of Kingston is in the perfect epicentre of local goodness between the Ottawa region and the picturesque Prince Edward County.  The perfect location to dig into local food year-round! 

Some of my favourites finds at the Kingston Memorial Farmers' Market on Sundays:

Glorious Blueberries from Briarlea Farms

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Cheesy goodness from Crusty Bakers

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Strawberries from Mensen Farm

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Milk from Limestone Organic Creamery

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

Vegan donut from Eat Lover

Locavore - Farmers Market, Foodie, Local Culinary

What tickles your fancy when eating local?
Rosalyn Gambhir
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