Conscious Consumer, Part 1: Honeysuckle Farm

I blogged last week about my conscious consumer project, so if you haven’t read that yet, be sure to do that first.

Alright. Preamble complete. Here is my first post on the topic: Honeysuckle Farm!

I visited Honeysuckle Farm last week, had a fantastic chat with Leanne, and snapped some photos to share with you! My family always buys our veggie plants and garden flowers from Honeysuckle, and we were delighted when they started selling eggs this year. Their eggs are pretty perfect from a nutrition and culinary perspective, the yolks are bright, stand tall, and the whites stay together like they should. They also taste spectacular. I am certain this is because Leanne gives the chickens so much love and feeds them all of their favourite foods.

Anyway, when I arrived at the farm, Leanne was out plowing snow in her Bobcat and I was greeted by two wonderfully friendly pups who sniffed me and the baby thoroughly before bounding back into the snow. Leanne’s cheeks were red from being outside in the cold, and she positively glowed when she showed me around the farm. She led me to an old barn that was built by Viola Strimbold’s dad, Esbjorn Johnson. As she opened the door, I could hear the chickens and roosters compete for our attention and when they could see that Leanne was there, they ran to greet us.

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There are 45 of these beauties, all with their own distinct personalities. They even have an Ameruacna who lays green eggs! Leanne explained that some of these chickens were hatched by kids at Decker Lake Elementary, and then taken in by Leanne. Everything in the barn was presided over by two handsome roosters who played it cool, though they were still clearly vibrating with excitement over Leanne’s arrival. Each of these ladies and gents live in a gorgeous coop, are spoiled with great food, and are given all kinds of love. I had the best time visiting them.

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Interested in trying the eggs? You’re in luck! They are for sale now for $5/dozen. They are available at the Farm, in the main building of the garden centre, inside the fridge.

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You can stick your $5 in the box on the counter and take your eggs. Looking for more info? You can find them on Facebook at Honeysuckle Farm.

I can’t wait to head back there in the spring and give you an update on all of their new projects. Hint: new greenhouses, a big focus on market veggies, and healthy food box subscriptions! Super exciting stuff! Is it Spring yet!?

 

 


Conscious Consumer Project

You guys already know that I love good food. I really, really love good food. I also love discussing communities: how they work, how they can work better, and how I can be more involved in making our community a better place to live. When these two topics converge, I just can’t contain myself.

In the spring of 2016, Laura Sapergia and Diandra Oliver came to Burns Lake with their Home Sweet Home Field School and presented their incredible ideas to a group of VERY interested community members. They talked about how to grow the local food economy and why it matters, and this conversation sparked something for me. It was shortly after that talk that I enrolled in nutrition school at CSNN, which was been the driving force behind my new business (and new life!). Clearly, this brief session on local food had an impact on me. Suddenly I wanted to know more about my food, where it comes from, who grows it, how it is grown, and most importantly, what my role is in our food system. While I am not a food producer, I do want to be a more conscious consumer. To accomplish this, I decided I needed to engage with local farmers. Which, frankly, I find a little bit terrifying!

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As a city-girl, there has always been a middle-man between producers and consumers for me; generally in the form of big box stores and nation-wide supermarkets. I have always felt more comfortable with this arrangement because I don’t need try and make small talk with anyone, I can always get the specific groceries that I need, and I know what to expect every single time. However, once I started paying more attention to the importance of eating veggies grown in nutrient rich soil, eating well raised animals that are happy and cared for, ensuring that producers are adequately compensated for the hard work that they do, and mitigating any of the potentially negative environmental impacts of farming, I knew that I needed to face my own discomfort and start getting out there.

I tiptoed into my first farm this summer at Tranquility Farms, where we buy our beef. We took our sweet girls across the ferry and had a wonderful time with Darrell and Louise, getting to know how their farm works. And it wasn’t scary! I had a blast doing something totally different, loved introducing farm life to the girls, and loved getting to know ‘our’ farmers. Since starting this blog, I keep thinking about that link – the one between producers and consumers, and I want to help make the gap a little less scary and local food a little more accessible. So, I’m going to get over my fears and start visiting farms myself so I can share all the good stuff with you in the coming months. Stay tuned!

PS: Are you a farmer or food producer in my local area? Email me! I would love to come meet you and do a write up.

Photo Cred:
Top Photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash
2nd Photo by Anne Preble on Unsplash