Foraging for Food and Pasta with Morels and Wild Leeks

In the MyKawartha Farm to Table blog, I explore the idea of foraging, and offer up a great pasta dish to boot!

Click here for the full blog entry and recipe.

Morels foraged in my backyard.

” Of course, the foodie-come-latelies are just the most recent of a long line of folks to forage for sustenance. And our foraging is minor in comparison to those who came before us. In fact, for tens of thousands of years, all human beings were full-time foraging creatures. Back in the day, you know, there weren’t supermarkets, big box stores or fast food restaurants. Heck, for most of human history, there weren’t even farms.

“No, for most of our existence we were a hunting and gathering peoples. We ate what we found. Sure, we eventually learned how to farm, but the period since we mastered agriculture is only a brief moment in the development of humanity. Heck, in some parts of the world, hunting and gathering still make up large parts of the diet.

“In North America, we’ve kept the hunting/gathering tradition for a long time, despite our long held reliance on farms. First Nations people traditionally survived on what they could pick seasonally – even those cultures that had domesticated and cultivated crops depended on gathered fruits and plants. Early settlers couldn’t possibly have survived without foraging for food. And there are no shortage of modern-day farmers and rural communities today that continue to augment their daily diet with found foods.”

nutella lawsuit — another reason to eat locally

i mean, it's got to be healthy. just look at it.
this just in: the folks at nutella are facing a class action suit. a mother of a 4-year old in california is taking issue with advertizements that claim that nutella is “nutritious” and part of a “healthy breakfast.”

of course, the first two ingredients are sugar and vegetable oils. this should give people reason to doubt the “healthy” aspect of the spread.

perhaps she forgot to read the label.

for more information on nutella, and why it might not fir into your diet, please hit the mighty wikipedia.

just another reason to eat locally.

another reason to eat locally: honey laundering

farm to table reader and friend, natalie swift, writes:

“donald, did you hear about the honey trade? it’s my most recent reason to eat local honey.”

she also passed on the following link to a globe and mail article on the global honey market and how it affects the honey we buy in canada:

thanks for the link, natalie! that’s, uh…  sweet.

buying honey from your local farmer’s market is always a good place to start.  chances are you’ll be talking to the beekeeper when you make your purchase.  you are always free to ask questions, and producers are usually very proud to answer them.

farm gate sales are also a good option.  hit the googlesphere for farm gate sales near you.

in the peterborough area, you can find a number of options through

and i gotta tell you, there’s nothing like a local honey buzz.