When I came home Friday from shopping I realized that most food items I bought, are from the local Poitou Charentes region. An unintentional discovery.
We can argue about a lot of things French that are just not all that good ( i.e. politics), but one thing is certain, they do regional food supply right. Very right, the way it could be everywhere and maybe should be. I know it's harder in the northern regions of Canada, but not impossible. It's a way of living and how much time one can make to achieve that life if so wanted. I never really focused on going local or start a vegetable garden before, but must admit it's great to know that even the wine I had with dinner comes from inside 100 Miles (68 to be exact).
Long before we even thought about moving to Europe, we had one of those coffee table books at home that you pick up at Chapters because of the pretty pictures in it. Culinaria France is a guide to all the regions in France and what each area is famous for. We brought it with us and still look inside once in a while when we planned a road trip to see what we could find where we were going.
I think the fact is, aside some industrial areas up north, France at heart is a country of agriculture in the broadest sense. And that is maybe what makes is very special to be here. Just close eyes and ears to other things one does not enjoy about being here and focus instead on the good things you can eat?
I never really subscribed to the 100 mile diet concept back in North America and even questioned the carbon footprint measurements once in a while. Here it could almost become a good habit to see how narrow your circle of food intake could become.
ILE DE RE POTATOES WITH BROWNED BUTTER AND SEA SALT
NOT SURE ABOUT THE GARLIC, ALL ELSE IS FROM THIS AREA
VERY LOCAL EGGS FROM THE MARKET
ILE DE RE POTATOES - 88 MILES
ILE DE RE SEA SALT - 96 MILES
LOCAL VINEGAR - 49 MILES
LOCALLY GROWN HERBS FROM A GREENHOUSE
POITOU CHARENTE IS FAMOUS FOR GREAT BUTTER
SEEDLESS RED CURRANT JAM
CHEESE FROM THE PARIS REGION
ALL THINGS PORK