Archive for September, 2009


Charts: illustrations for Toronto Globe and Mail’s  “Food giants hop ‘buy local’ bandwagon”


“Buy Local” has definitely “arrived”! Even food giants like Loblaw are hopping on the wagon. Why? Consumers, more and more, want “local” (and “organic”). That means “money to be made.” Check out today’s Globe and Mail for more survey results (of what consumers want to see in grocery stores).  Here’s the link: “Food giants hop ‘buy local’ bandwagon.”

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Ruddy Potato

Photo: The Ruddy Potato on Bowen Island

A “cummunity store with heart”: that’s how The Ruddy Potato on Bowen Island describes its offerings. Are you “looking for healthy and organic groceries and treats? Perhaps some handmade soap or shade grown, ethically sourced coffee? How about a ready-to-go dinner made fresh daily in our own kitchen, or a lovely handmade fruit pie for dessert? The Ruddy Potato Market in the Village Square, Snug Cove offers fresh, delicious produce, meats, and grocery, bakery, dairy, deli and health and beauty items in a friendly and comfortable west-coast space.”

Has anyone sampled The Ruddy Potato? Feedback welcome. I’ve only seen the name advertised on a cloth “environmental” bag. The name attracted a second look. Great name!

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broccoli forest

Photo: “Broccoli Forest” by photographer Carl Warner

cabbage sea by Carl Warner

Photo: “Cabbage Sea” by Carl Warner

food cave

Photo: “Food Cave” by Carl Warner

Kudos to British photographer Carl Warner for these imaginative “Foodscapes”! He uses only basic foods found in a typical kitchen to create still life “food landscapes.”  How does Warner do this? By building his “foodscapes” on a table measuring 8 ft by 4 ft., with a foreground generally 2 feet across. These large dimensions enable Warner to create the illusion of depth in each photograph.

Warners “Foodscape” photographs are slated for use in an ad campaign for a UK supermarket chain. He also plans to feature all the photos in a coffee table book aimed at promoting “healthy eating for children.” He confesses, though, he still has trouble getting any of his four kids to eat their vegetables!

[For more examples of Warner’s “Foodscapes,” see Carl Warner or to order prints: The Lens Wall Gallery.]

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Mayne Island Produce

Photo: Atsuo Sumi, Mayne Island organic hobby farmer

Atsuo Sumi is “a higher-end hair stylist. But three times a week, sometimes more in the busy summer season, he works at his Mayne Island farm, growing and harvesting his organic produce for Tojo’s restaurant. For the past seven years, this Gulf Island hobby farmer has provided about 20 per cent of the famed Japanese restaurant’s weekly produce order during the summer.”

These TWO are definitely a “dynamic duo”: Sumi and Tojo (famed chef of Vancouver’s Tojo”s Restaurant). Today’s Vancouver Sun newspaper features the two in an article called “Mayne Island Organic Utopia.” Here’s more from that article:

“For both the farmer and the chef, it’s a working, sustainable relationship.Each week when Sumi unloads his truckload of freshly harvested vegetables at Tojo’s restaurant on West Broadway, he reloads it with a concoction of organic waste from the kitchen. Every week, all fish and chicken bones, crab, shrimp, lobster, eggshells, tea leaves and produce waste are dried and ground up, then given to Sumi to mix with island seaweed and organic manures to fertilize the lush gardens.”

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “Mayne Island produce makes its way to Vancouver sushi bar.”]

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