“Each food item in a typical U.S. meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles....If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week.”
-Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
American Novelist, Essayist, and Poet
As Big Spoon Kitchen's mission states, we strive to connect people with all the wonderful local food sources we have here right in the North Country every chance we get. By sourcing vegetables, fruits, and meat from farmers we know and talk to, we hope to show all residents of the area just what kind of wonderful farming bounty we have so close to home. Shopping and supporting local businesses and farms is not only better for our community, keeping money right here in the North Country, but is also better for the world and environment as a whole, by reducing carbon emissions and helping focus on better farming techniques and practices. Plus, if you wanted to, you could go see the food you're eating growing or grazing in the fields right in your own backyard, giving you piece of mind about where your food is coming from, how its being handled, and what is going into it.
While we do support many local farms in the area by featuring their products in our food here each week, we've been looking for more opportunity to showcase local businesses to not only get the word out about their fantastic products, but to give them the support they deserve, helping make the North Country a truly local business and farm friendly destination. This week, we'll be happy to start featuring products from Canton Apples! With multiple orchards and apple varieties, small batch and UV treated ciders, and a U-Pick orchard and store located on County Route 25 in Canton, Canton Apples is certainly worth our support as summer begins to wind down. We'll be featuring their apples with our roasted sausage and in our apple crisp this week, and are happy to say we'll be selling their cider on our online store! If you haven't tasted their cider yet, we highly recommend it! Check out their website at www.cantonapples.com