I had to go to Lakefield Foodland an hour ago to buy some Dishwashing Detergent, and being the tomato loving freak that I am, some tomatoes to quench that particular craving. Now, I know that many Canadians are happier it seems with us importing the tasteless tomatoes from Mexico and the US, than we are to spend a a bit more money to support Ontario growers, but I like my tomatoes to taste like tomatoes, and I like to know that my purchase will support a farmer in this province, in this country! I expect to see the overpriced shelves of Lakefield Foodland stuffed with all sorts of imported products (with a good portion being past their "best before" dates), but when I go to buy tomatoes and I see over 10 different varieties all originating from Mexico except the hot-house tomatoes (which come from the USA), I want to scream! Lakefield is more associated with farming than any other community I've lived in my entire life. I remember when "hot house" tomatoes were always from an Ontario Hot House, but here we have our own little expensive grocery store importing tomatoes that have spent the past week and a half in transit, and charging an arm and a leg like there are no tomatoes being grown in Ontario for Ontario consumers, I have to question the owners of this Foodland, and their motives for stuffing their wallets.
I did not buy tomatoes. I will visit "The Market" for "Ontario" tomatoes tomorrow, and failing the success in that, I will branch outwards to find an Ontario tomato.
People that look at the price as their deciding element for a purchase are only looking at a tiny piece of the equation. Support Mexican and American farmers and you're firing a farmer from Ontario. We can grow them indoors all years long. We do grow them indoors all year long. Support
STOP BUYING IMPORTED PRODUCE!
R.G. Brook (Look up... c'est moi), was born in 1959 in Peterborough, Ontario CANADA. I am a Class 1 Licensed Funeral Director, graphic and stained-glass artist & photographer (not to mention an all-around super duper fella), who loves far too many things to mention here. Oh... I'm very opinionated on some issues, but that doesn't mean I'm close-minded. Read the blog... you'll see.