Desperately seeking local

Kevin Yarr
By Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca

I have long harboured suspicions about the claimed friendliness of national supermarket chains to stocking local foods, and those suspicions were confirmed last week.

It started two weeks ago. I was at the Atlantic Superstore when I spotted honey on the shopping list. I cursed inwardly, because I should have bought it at the Charlottetown Farmer's Market and that trip was already done. But I had found P.E.I. honey at the Superstore before, so I went looking for it again.

But no luck. There were a number of exotic honeys — elderflower, wild flower — that may have satisfied my foodie desires, but I wanted local honey and it appeared they did not stock it any more. Annoyed, I decided I would rather go without.

A week later I was in Superstore again, and passing by the foreign foods section I happened to spot it: P.E.I. honey.

The foreign foods section. Yes, it would appear that at this Charlottetown supermarket, honey produced on Prince Edward Island is so exotic that they have to stock it alongside the Ribena and mysterious Scandinavian crackers.

And I thought it was silly when they advertised produce grown in British Columbia – 6,000 kilometres away – as local.

How difficult is it for you to find local products at the supermarket?