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Local produce… at your fingertips!


FOODWISE By Terry Daley

We are coming into the season where more and more local produce is starting to be available at our neighbourhood grocery stores. There are many reasons to choose local. Purchasing local foods supports farmers in our communities and our region, provides off-the-farm fresh quality, reduces carbon footprint and allows you to enjoy great nutrients to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle.

Atlantic Superstore is committed to a Canada-first sourcing policy, which places a priority on local and regional fresh products and means that during peak growing season; close to half the produce you see at our local store is grown right here in the Maritimes. As you are on the lookout for food grown or produced close to home, check out the produce department at the New Glasgow Superstore for a wide variety of local fruits and vegetables.

And, did you know that some local produce is available all year round! We are fortunate at Atlantic Superstore to have an ongoing supply of locally grown tomatoes and English cucumbers from den Haan Greenhouses, available from March through to December each year. Den Haan Greenhouses was founded more than 50 years ago, in 1963, by Dutch immigrant Jac den Haan. The family business, located in Lawrencetown in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, started with one greenhouse and has gradually become the large and reputable production facility it is today. Luke den Haan, CEO, his wife Jodi and brother Josh continue to grow the family business, along with their 50 hard-working employees. Den Haan Greenhouses has been a grower partner of Loblaw and Atlantic Superstores in the Atlantic region for more than 30 years! Look for their tomatoes and English cucumbers in the produce department – every piece of their produce has a den Haan sticker to identify the grower.

At the forefront of the industry, den Haan Greenhouses has succeeded with innovative agricultural practices and a strong vision for the future. They grow beefsteak tomatoes, tomatoes on the vine and English cucumbers for the Atlantic Canadian market and are dedicated to growing quality produce in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner. In fact, den Haan Greenhouses was the inaugural recipient of the Loblaw Atlantic Grower of the Year award in 2012 – an honour that recognizes leadership within the produce industry for food safety, quality, innovation, farm conditions, building a strong strategic and collaborative partnership, making a positive difference in the community, corporate social responsibility and putting the customer first.

So let’s talk about these natural treats. Local, flavourful and juicy tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene and folate. Whether you are making a tomato salad tossed with feta or a chunky tomato salsa, there are so many ways to enjoy tomatoes. English cucumbers have a refreshing flavour and are virtually seedless, so are easily added to many snacks, meals and even beverages. Popular in salads or as a side to sandwiches, cucumbers are a source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fibre.

We know tomatoes and cucumbers are delicious on their own, but they are even better together! This dilled cucumber tomato salad recipe, courtesy of den Haan Greenhouses, is light, refreshing and sure to be popular with your friends and family this summer. You will find more tasty recipes for den Haan’s fresh and local tomatoes and English cucumbers on their website (denhaan.ca) as well as their Facebook page.

 

Dilled Cucumber Tomato Salad

 

Ingredients:

3/4 tsp brown sugar

2 tbsp (25 mL) white balsamic or rice vinegar

1 white or red onion thinly sliced

4 cups coarsely chopped English cucumber (peeled if desired)

2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried dillweed)

1/4 tsp each salt, pepper and celery salt

 

Directions:

In a glass or steel bowl, dissolve sugar in vinegar; add onion and mix. Marinate for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Make-ahead: Cover and marinate for up to 4 hours.)

 

Add cucumber and tomatoes. Stir in oil, dill, salt, pepper and celery salt.

 

Recipe source: http://denhaan.ca/dilled-cucumber-tomato-salad-2/#more-375

 

Terry Daley is a Registered Dietitian with Atlantic Superstore in New Glasgow.

 

Have a nutrition question? Want to book a free appointment or educational store tour for yourself or your community group or business? Contact me by phone at (902) 921-0700 or by email at terry.daley@loblaw.ca.

 

Upcoming event: Taste & Learn… Lentils – July 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Registration required. Contact Terry to register for this class at the New Glasgow Superstore. Free of charge.

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