Arden Vaughn of Lake Land Meats and former board president for the
Niagara Local Food Co-op. The co-op is in "dire straits financially," Arden says.
I just ate a vegetable pot pie that I didn’t make myself, save for reheating it from frozen.
Not my usual fare but I’m still getting back into the swing of cooking for myself since my daughter’s arrival four weeks ago. That makes convenience food fair game for me right now.
This pre-fab pot pie is a little different, though, than what you might be conjuring. It was made locally by a St. Davids business called Health Nut Vegan Foods and I bought it through the Niagara Local Food Co-op. In fact, a lot of my recent meals have come from co-op vendors: Chana masala, sweet potato and black bean chili, tofu deli slices for sandwiches. None of it has unpronounceable preservatives or funky chemicals putting me at risk of indigestion or my daughter growing a third eye. Just simple ingredients, much like what I’d use if I were making each meal myself.
While I’ve made a point of ordering regularly from the co-op, which is a virtual farmers market with shopping done online, that order with the vegetable pot pie made the entire two years I’ve been a member worthwhile. My life is made easier with healthy meal options that I don’t have to stress over making myself as I get accustomed to being a sleep-deprived mom running on fumes.
Labels Aceto Niagara
, Garden City Essentials
, Grimo's nut nursery
, Health Nut Vegan Foods
, local food
, Niagara Local Food Co-op
, Pingue Prosciutto
, Torrie Warner
, Ying-Ying Soy Foods
, Zeta Farms
Category On the Farm