I am on a search to find people who are growing food locally and sustainably.
Because in my opinion the freshest, most nutrient-dense foods travel the shortest distance to your plate.
That being said, not every local farmer is growing organically or sustainably, so when I find one I want to share about them with everyone I know.
I recently met George Watt, from Watt Family Farm, who specializes in local honey and microgreens. He manages multiple apiaries and grows a variety of microgreens. These include sunflower, beet, radish, a brassica mix, and wheatgrass which he juices.
Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 2.5–7.5 cm tall. Having an aromatic flavor and concentrated nutrient content, they are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and baby green. Source
Microgreens must be harvested within 14 days of sprouting to have the highest nutritional density. They have 40% more nutritional value than their fully-grown counterparts.
Furthermore, microgreens are full of flavour and are very colourful. Added to a regular salad, or on their own, they are extremely tasty.
What I really appreciated about George is that he is dedicated to growing and delivering the highest quality products. He comes from a family of farmers, so his knowledge and his passion run deep.
His family has been in the bee keeping and farming business for over 40 years.
I want to comment briefly about the cost of local honey. It is sometimes twice the price of commercial brands that you find in the grocery store. Commercial brands get their honey from many farmers and mix them together to get a uniform flavour. I recently watched a documentary about honey on Netflix in the Rotten series that highlighted the fact that some honey has been compromised by added sweeteners without the public’s knowledge and sold at a much lower cost.
Personally, that encourages me to talk to the farmers that are growing my food and even pay them a visit whenever possible. Locally harvested honey can help with seasonal allergies and is a natural antibacterial. It also has having a range of colours and flavours determined by the pollen the bees are ingesting
Who are the farmers that are close to you?
Why not pay them a visit and see first hand how they grow their food and treat their animals.
It is an eye-opening experience.
Food comes from the ground not the grocery store shelves.