As we sit down to our traditional turkey dinner, we reminisce about all our neighbours who have grown for us our fruit and vegetables for the past 12 months. We thought other Kamloopsians might find these reflections a help for noticing who makes their food.
Farmer’s market vendors:
* Golden Ear Farms in Chase — corn, fruit leather, juice, pie
* Kurt’s Sausage from Salmon Arm — sausages for outdoor sausage roasts
* Paula and Mendel Rubensen from Deadman’s Creek — salads and its dozen different vegetables
* Thistle Farms in Westsyde — potatoes, squash, white radishes
* Erwin’s Fine Bakery — buns, heavy rye
* Benchland Farms — apples, pears, peaches
Other food suppliers:
Fratelli’s Grocery — olive oil, flour, cranberries; Plucking Maniacs — organic chicken livers; Northern Rockies Bison in Merritt — bison meat; Jay Spring Lamb in Pinantan — lamb; Blackwell Dairy — milk, cream, ice cream; Smorgasboard Deli — fair trade coffeebeans, chocolate, cheese, deli meats; Village Cheese Co. in Armstrong — cheddar; Rancho Vignola from Vernon — dried fruit and nuts and Chop ‘n’ Block — ham
All of the businesses and vendors have names and faces we know. Nothing anonymous about who produces what we eat! And all of it delicious!
And finally, from our own garden, tomatoes, pumpkins, chives, parsley, lambsquarter, portulaka, sunflowers, marigolds, bread and cookies. Our neighbour Maria across the street gives us plums, grapes and lettuce. From our friend Anne we get fresh mint. Oh yes, wild mushrooms, rosehips and juniper berries from the bush.
We feel extremely lucky to be so blessed and give thanks.
CHRISTINA MADER AND BOB GAMBLE