Eat Local 365 Days a Year
Nova Scotians are no strangers to eating local. We’re fortunate to live in a province that offers a bounty of local foods. The traditional and obvious favourites include a wide range of apple varieties, corn, potatoes, squash, and an abundance of root vegetables. However, as we know too well, our climate creates perfect growing conditions for just several months of the year. So how do we eat local all year round and still enjoy the varied foods to which we’ve become accustomed?
Take a step beyond the produce aisle to experience the full wealth offered by our region. Dairy products including milk, yogurt, and artisanal cheeses are readily available from local producers and are a natural match for the fresh baked goods from area bakeries. Meat, from free-range poultry to domestic beef to exotic game, is raised on farms throughout the province. Our waters teem with omega 3 rich fish such as mackerel, salmon, tuna, herring and trout, cherished worldwide for their nutritional value. Coffee and tea lovers have several local roasters from which to choose, and the increasing number of vineyards and breweries in the region offer a world-class selection of beverages to create a perfect pairing with your meal.
Choosing to eat local is a great way to support the local community and promote your family’s health, not to mention being more eco friendly. However, it may not be practical to get all of your food from local sources. Like any healthy behavior, the secret ingredient is balance. Remember that any small changes in your own lifestyle add up to meaningful change over time.
As a small business with roots in Nova Scotia, we are especially dedicated to supporting locally grown produce whenever possible. During peak season (from June to October) you will find fresh local produce arriving daily. We are proud to support the local economy – many of our local farmer suppliers are friends and neighbours of the Pete’s family.
Here is just a sample of the locally grown produce that Pete’s offers:
- apples, peaches & plums
- potatoes, beets, turnip & carrots
- blueberries, strawberries, kiwi berries & raspberries
- pumpkins, eggplant, cucumbers & squash
- cauliflower & broccoli
- onions, green onions & leeks
- tomatoes & peppers
- herbs, spinach & lettuces
- beans & peas
- salad greens
Now that’s a beautiful bounty!
Local = Less.
Smaller carbon footprint
Pete’s recognizes the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint through buying foods close to home.
Less transport time
When you buy local, the distance from the farm to your fridge is less, resulting in fresher produce on your plate.
Unlike what you might find in a larger store, we buy small amounts and see a high product turn over. This ensures that our customers get the freshest, most flavourful products available.