Author: Sophie Beaudoin • Date: October 2, 2014 • Appears in:
Free Produce Competition Winner – Paige Wyatt
Congrats on winning a $50 Farmers’ Market gift card! Where did you choose to use it?
Locally of course! I’m brand new to the city of Saskatoon, and have been supporting the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market since I moved here!
Tell us a little more about yourself!
My name is Paige Wyatt, and I was born and raised in a small town in South East Saskatchewan. I recently graduated from college with my diploma in Acupuncture and just moved to Saskatoon from the West Coast to start my career. I am a newly graduated Acupuncturist and I am currently treating patients at a multi-disciplinary clinic called Inside Out Therapies, in both the downtown Saskatoon and Warman locations. I have always had a love of food, healthy eating, and absolutely love making soup.
Why do you support local food?
I’ve always grown up with a love of local foods, mostly instilled in me by my family. I was always taught about the importance of healthy eating growing up, and for as long as I can remember we were always putting our hands in the dirt and helping mom or our grandparents plant, weed, and harvest the garden when the time came. There is a lot of joy that comes from planting a seed; nurturing it and watching it grow. I was lucky enough to help plant a garden again this year, and I know how much hard work it can be. My family has many generations of farmers, so I have always had a great respect and admiration for their dedication, and hard work to provide for not only their own families but for everyone. Amazing!
What’s your favorite local food?
I am obsessed with brussel sprouts (weird, I know), so that is by far my favourite vegetable to buy. Plus, they are just the coolest looking plants! I also really enjoy fresh kale and beets! For those local people attending the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, if you haven’t already, you should really check out Those Girls at the Market: Healthy Raw Chocolate stand. You will not be disappointed!
As an Acupuncturist, do you have any interesting food facts to share with us?
As an acupuncturist we are taught how to bring the body into balance with food, and how to live harmoniously with the seasons. In ancient China people believed that climate changes had an effect on the health and well-being of individuals. In order to live a healthful life we must choose foods and flavours associated with the season and prepare them accordingly. Autumn is a time of harvest, a time to pull inward, contract and move our energies downward in preparation for the winter months. During this season, heartier, heavier and more astringent foods must be consumed.
To begin the contraction and inward movement, just like the earth we must add more sour flavoured foods into our diet. Some examples include sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, limes, lemons, sour variety of apples, plums, grapes, and grapefruit. As a general guideline, cook with less water and at a lower heat for longer periods of time. As the fall progresses into winter, salty, and bitter flavoured foods that have a centering quality and increase our capacity for storage can be added. These foods include amaranth, asparagus, celery, quinoa, turnip, and scallion.