Today I decided to take my son out berry picking. Blueberries are currently in season.
It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and while I was picking it got me thinking about how lucky I am. All too often we take for granted all things familiar to us where we live. I'd like to say that I am truly grateful to live in an island city surrounded by ocean on one side and the river with bordering rich productive farmland on the other sides. Food is plentiful and fresh. My family takes advantage of all the local produce that is harvested here. If we don't pick it ourselves, there are plenty of local farmer's markets to suit our needs.
While I am not fanatical about buying local or organic, I do so when I can. I want our farmers to prosper and feel valued for what they provide. It alarms me when I see good farmland being sold to real estate developers to build more condos and golf courses. I feel the same about our local fisheries. I am often found roaming the docks in Steveston nearby looking to buy something fresh off a fishing boat moored there.
Even what I drink is often local by choice. I love microbrews. Today"s beverage, after a hot day's berry picking, is a Raspberry Ale by Granville Island Brewery.
I am truly blessed living in a land of plently.