With all of the corporate options available, it isn’t really necessary for anyone to “shop local” anymore. You can get all sorts of exotic flavours and colours at the large chain supermarkets. Before I share a fun recipe for ‘Farm Fresh Linguine and Tomato Sauce’, I want to first get you excited about the many benefits of shopping locally at the farmers market!

Fresh food is tasty

One of the most important benefits—local food tastes AH-MAY-ZING. There’s nothing like food that’s just a few days from your door. It’s fresh, full of nutrients and good for you—because it hasn’t spent several days ripening on a truck.

Reduce your carbon footprint

The large chain supermarkets *might* have that pineapple you’ve been looking for, but think about where it’s come from. It’s likely been on a plane or a truck for several days, and maybe it even ripened along the way. This creates a huge carbon footprint. At your local farmers market, you’ll find fruits and vegetables that are sourced locally, within a few kilometres of the store.

Support your local economy

At a very fundamental level, buying local means that your money stays in your community. It means that the taxes paid by the local producer or seller go into the coffers of your local municipality. It means that you’re supporting local parks, local community centres, and other activities—just by buying good food. And it means that those farmers and producers are able to spend more money in your community—multiplying the benefits of your spending.

There are world famous farmers markets across Canada, and not so famous markets right next door. Nip out and find one today—and you can make delicious recipes like the one below with delicious, locally sourced food.

Farm Fresh Linguine and Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. linguine
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium fresh, local onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves local garlic, minced
  • 6 medium local garden tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook linguine according to package directions.
  2. While linguine is cooking, heat vegetable oil at a medium heat in a medium-size frying pan.
  3. Once the oil is hot, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until tender.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper; heat through, about 3 minutes.
  5. When linguine is cooked drain well and stir in butter and grated Parmesan.
  6. Spoon linguine onto serving plates and top with tomato sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley.
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Liv

Liv is the pseudonym reformed divorcee and single mom – now remarried, coparenting and working mother of three. She’s been featured on ScaryMommy, HuffPost Divorce, DivorcedMoms.com as well as Sammiches and PsychMeds and she’s the editor for RealityMoms.Rocks. You can find more at Live By Surprise.

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