My own compost

My gradual evolution from a junk-food eating, non-recycling, ignorant human into a pure, unadulterated 100% Ethicurean is still undergoing some serious metamorphoses. Last year I felt that I was producing more garbage than was necessary, so I started a worm compost in my storage room. I gradually decreased...

I bought a quarter of a pig

My search for a supply of sustainable meat is now ended, successfully. Pictured below is a quarter of a pig that is now in my freezer. I had been calling around town and emailing people, trying to find someone who raises pigs in a sustainable manner. I found a few expensive shops that I could't possibly...

Autumn in Montreal

When the leaves begin to fall from the trees around these parts and the Canadian geese fill the skies, some folks smile with delight at the vibrant colours of the fall foliage. Other folks, a group which I belong to, see it in a different light. For me, autumn signals the death of the leaves and the...

Vermont (& New England) Diary Part II – the search for raw milk

I have been so busy gardening and cooking and enjoying the last few weeks of summer that I never got around to writing "Vermont Diary - Part II", the thrilling sequel to "Vermont Diary - Part I." Contributing to my negligence was a short trip to Maine, highlights of which I will include...

“Los Angeles” brand carrots from Mexico sold in Quebec make me sick

I subscribe to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency food warning, recall, and allergy email notification service. This means that I receive an email every time any food produced, processed, or sold in Canada gets flagged as a possible danger and requires a warning. I receive warnings every single day, which...

Vermont Diary – Part I

I just came back from 2 amazing days in Northern Vermont. You see, I was hired to be a chauffeur to an evil capitalist management consultant who was going to a small Vermont town - with or without me - to convince a nice small-town Vermont construction company owner to diversify and morph into a greedy...

Spring salad

Yesterday I harvested a ton of lettuce from my community garden plot. Sorrel, red curly, romaine, Boston, arugula, and chicory. Bursting with flavour, these luscious greens barely needed much dressing, but I needed some protein in my diet becuase I am working out at the gym on a regular basis and need to...

Montreal farmshare weeks 3 & 4

Week 3 of my farm-share included: 2 edible flowers 1 pint raspberries 2 heads chicory? 1 big head Boston lettuce 2 kohlrabi 1 bunch kale 1 large bunch swiss and rainbow chard 1 bag big snow peas 1 cucumber 4 zucchini 1 bag dried speckled romano beans 2 dozen eggs purchased Week 4: 1 head chicory? 1 big head...

My Montreal CSA box – baskets #1 & #2

I've mentioned the CSA I belong to many times and I've also been eagerly awaiting the start of the summer season - which began last week. I'm sure many people who live in the USA and some Canadians on the west coast are able to enjoy fresh local vegetables all year round, but the growing season in Montreal...

Montreal Community Garden Season in full swing

I have made mention several times of my community garden plot, most recently when I made Sorrel Potato Soup from the first growth of sorrel, which is a perennial and returns to the plot each year. I also mentioned that the garden season had a very late start this year due to soil analysis results which...

Spring harvests in Montreal

Spring is sprung — even though it is officially over in a few days — and our farmers markets are finally showing some local produce besides last years carrots. Most importantly, asparagus is here. I have been buying and grilling it for almost a week now, and I don't see Noshette and I getting bored of it...

Sorrel Potato Soup

Sometimes I get so pissed off by the world we live in, all I want to do is scream. Instead, I garden. I can't believe what people are putting into my food, into your food, just to get rich. Is money that important? I don't make a lot of money, but I have an apartment, a television, a stereo, and a bunch of...

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