I’ve been in Turks and Caicos for a few days now. It’s a group of islands in the British West Indies, and like many islands, the supply of goods and services here is not the same as in mainland Canada. After landing in Provo at the main airport, we took a ferry over to North Caicos. North is much less inhabited. On our first day, we set out to get groceries. There are a couple of different stores here, but supply is limited.
One of the locals offered to take me around and get some “real Turks fruit”. Of course I was excited by this. We set out in our little car, on the wrong side of the road, and drove slowly along the roads looking for fruit trees. When we saw one, we would pull over, climb or reach up the tree, pick the fruit, and put it in the bucket we brought in the trunk. Pretty quickly we had lots of coconuts, sugar apples, papayas and sapodillas.
Coconut water doesn't get more real than this! Took 2.5 coconuts to fill my 720 mls bottle.
Of course I have been to several different farmers markets in Canada, but this was the first time I set out on a mission to gather food right from the source. It was awesomely satisfying, really fun and healthy too!
Beyond supporting local farmers, cutting out expensive and environmentally unfriendly transportation, plus the delay of getting some food, what’s the science behind eating locally grown food? First of all, eating real, natural food has vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health. Freshly picked produce that is ripe and not sitting in a container waiting to get imported/exported is also more nutrient dense. Plus….it tastes better!
#eatlocal has new meaning for me, and I hope it does for you too!