Author: Sophie Beaudoin • Date: October 10, 2014 • Appears in:
Free Produce Competition Winner – Jennifer Mackenzie
Congrats on winning a $50 Farmers’ Market gift card! Where did you choose to use it?
McLean's Berry Farm is a short drive from our home and it's the farm I go to for most of the produce I use for preserving. They have built up a terrific relationship with consumers, are super-helpful when I need something special or out of season (e.g. frozen strawberries for recipe development in the winter), they grow delicious foods and offer a terrific variety from maple syrup to tomatoes, peppers, corn and, of course their fabulous berries.
Tell us a little more about yourself!
I live in Buckhorn, Ontario with my husband our dog Daisy and foster dog, Diva. We live on the water and spend our non-working time enjoying the outdoors. I’m a professional Home Economist specializing in food writing, recipe development and editing, and a cookbook author. I also co-own a cafe, Nuttshell Next Door, with my husband who is a chef. I have a huge pantry full of jams, pickles, salsas and chutneys and love to give them as gifts. I've even trained most of the recipients to return the empty jars so I can fill them again.
Why do you support local food?
Getting to know our local farmers and buying local produce gives me the satisfaction of supporting the local economy, being able to know the farmers personally, feeling confident that what I'm buying is high quality and safe, and taking advantage of fresher, tastier food that hasn't been shipped for weeks.
What’s your favorite local food?
It’s a tie between strawberries and sweet corn. They are two things that I find are so superior to any of the imports that I rarely even bother eating them when they're not in season locally.