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There’s a landmark on the other side of the Welland Canal that my daughter points out every time we drive by.
“Fruit farm!” she yells from the back seat whenever we pass the shuttered Werner’s Fruit Farm stand on Lakeshore Road.
She wants to stop at the red plywood hut and buy peaches, plums, apricots and raspberries, just like we did every week in the summer. Enter Killjoy Mom.
“We ate all the fruit last summer. We have to wait for more to grow,” I say.
She got equally excited on CSA pickup days this winter at Creek Shore Farms in Port Dalhousie.
“We go see Amanda and Ryan? They give us carrots?” she’d ask every Wednesday when I picked her up from day care.
At nearly three, she knows the names of most of the folks at our local food stops. Olivia also loves to help me water my community garden plot, too. And she stands next to me in the kitchen, taking on the important job of stirring, or raiding the utensil draw so she can pretend to whip up something of her own. —Continue reading—