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The Farmer’s market is now open, and every farmer is waiting for you!

If you watch the news once in while, you will notice that the whole world seems to be in chaos except Canada! We are so lucky to live in a country that breathes peace and respect. We are also very lucky to have people that farm our beautiful land to give us food. Last year there were stories in the newspapers about farmers not being able to find labour to pick fruit off the trees. This would be a great experience for your teens to start working for the local farmers. Stop and visit your local farmers and sign up your kids for a few days of work this summer. This is a great way to teach them the value of money and work. After this lesson, they may be more keen to stay in school. My dad used to tell me, "I am not going to pay my own son to cut the grass or stack the fire wood. This is your share of work for living in this house!" He would make me go get a job in the summer to learn the value of money…

It is so important to support our local farmers. Try to imagine what would happen if we did not have people willing to grow food for us!

Please allow me to make a suggestion for all the people living in Kelowna and the surrounding area: this summer, buy local seasonal foods before buying USA, Chile or wherever else the fruits, vegetables and other products may come from that week. It takes only an extra second to look at the label, and it makes a huge difference to our local farmers.

Kristin and I went to visit the market last weekend, and already you can buy garlic, onions, sausages, honey, teas, breads, and plenty more… When was the last time you stopped at any market with your kids to teach them about food?

Good meals start with good products.

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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