Preparing for hard times
Thursday, November 20, 2008 | 11:22 AM ET
by Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca
For food lovers in Canada there are difficult times coming.
No, it has nothing to do with the economy. It's just winter, and for Canadians who love fresh, local food, these months can be hard to face.
Every week for the last few months I have walked into the Charlottetown Farmers Market to be greeted by some fabulous new treat: swiss chard, strawberries, new potatoes, baby zucchini, tomatoes, blueberries, corn, black currants, peppers, apples. While it is possible to get most of these things year-round, nothing can match the taste of getting it in season within a couple of days of it being picked.
The last couple of weeks the experience at the market has been changing. The selection is only growing thinner, increasingly composed of meat and root vegetables.
There are some new things coming into season, but not from around here. Oranges are getting fit to eat again, though I don't get the same pious pleasure from buying them.
Some foods that are equally good all-year round I tend to save up for winter: Iranian dates, smoked salmon, chocolate.
OK, so I eat chocolate all year long.
What foods do you enjoy in the winter?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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