Opportunity grows for local producers

High prices force some consumers to switch from fresh to frozen, but fruits and vegetables still on the menu

A survey of consumers suggests a move away from fresh fruit and vegetables when prices are high. Stories of $7 cauliflower surprised consumers last winter but a new survey shows that affected purchasing choices with consumers moving to frozen or canned vegetables. The study, conducted in May by researchers at the universities of Guelph and […] Read more

Urbanites seek ‘garden fresh’

When John Mills explains the concept of community shared agriculture to his city clients, he speaks plainly about sharing the bounty and the risk. Last year at this time, his Bowden, Alta., farm had received 200 milli-metres of rain. This year there has been barely a trace of moisture. Weather can be a setback in […] Read more