Sharing the Love

Today being Valentine’s Day, we at The Pear Tree want to share a bit of love with you. So. We’re giving something away. It’s a love story, of sorts, although not the kind you’d expect.

Our food writer, Darcie Hossack, wrote about the book Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner, by Amy Jo Ehman, here, last month. Shortly after, the publisher, Coteau Books, offered us a copy of the book for one of our giveaways! And since we can hardly think of a better combination than love, food and home, today seemed like the perfect day to offer it.

The book chronicles Amy Jo’s year of eating locally. A resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she challenged herself by sourcing her meat, vegetables, fruits, and even alcoholic beverages, all from within her province. In the process, she became closer to the land and its traditions, as well as the idea of fresh, locally produced food.

According to Amy Jo, “Prairie Feast taps into a universal desire to find ourselves, our community and our history through the food we eat. It’s not about miles or greenhouse gasses or ‘doing the right thing’ (although that is a bonus), but about rediscovering the roots of a daily ritual that nourishes us body, mind and soul.”

Yes, tantalizing recipes are included.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment below telling us your favourite locally sourced food. And of course by local we mean local to you, not necessarily the Okanagan – or Saskatchewan. Extra entries can be earned by blogging, tweeting or Facebooking the contest (don’t forget to let us know, below). A winner will be randomly selected on Friday, 18 February.

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier


Update: Giveaway Winner Announced!

Thanks to those who commented, blogged, Facebooked and Tweeted! The randomly-drawn winner of Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner, by Amy Jo Ehman, is Rosanne. Congratulations! We’ll be in touch by email to work out the details on getting your book to you.

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  1. Hello! Well, I would certainly be into this. 🙂 My favorite local food is the very weeds that grow in our backyards. The dandelions with their yummy bitter leaves and the sweet inner flesh of their roots to nourish the liver. Violas, candied on top of muffins made of wild rose petals and sweet honey from the farm down the road! I would love to read this story.. thank you for the opportunity to win the book! I have posted the link on facebook as well! Thank you! Cheers.

  2. Living in the Okanagan, I love all the local fruit that we have here. Last summer we moved into a house with 5 or 6 fruit trees, and I learned to make preserves, chutneys, and juice with them. I’m hoping to expand my repertoire this year. I’ve also blogged, tweeted, and facebooked about the contest and your website (it will show up tomorrow). Thanks!

  3. Re: “And of course by local we mean local to you, not necessarily the Okanagan – or Saskatchewan.” I prepare my meals somewhere between BC and SK–in sleepy Cochrane, Alberta. Local goodness is available from our Farmers’ Market (all homegrown produce, as far as I know, except for luscious barrels of fruit from the Okanagan and sweet-tart berries from Saskatoon). Favourites include the incomparable pies made by our Mennonite farming folk, Taber corn (a staple in any AB household), and that old, old food of the gods: honey.

  4. Would love to win……. my favorite local food sources, are the Farmers Market, and local farms, Ogis, and also the orchards.

  5. Oh really? Just one? I can’t. I can’t! Does the wine count? Or the beef we purchase from a local farmer who uses no antibiotics? How about the peaches. Yes definitely the peaches. Unless…of course you count cherries? I meant to say the apples. Yes the apples. We eat them all year round. We preserve them. We bake them into pies. We dry them. We make juice. Apples…yes I couldn’t live without okanagan apples. And in case I haven’t been clear…I would LOVE to win this book!!!!

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