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Eat a balanced diet. Avoid sugar. Eat whole foods.
This is the healthy eating advice from Lori Ann Regnier, one of the three farmers at Blue Lagoon Organics of St. Francois Xavier, a short drive west of Winnipeg.
Blue Lagoon Organics is all about growing food that will help people to stay well, reclaiming the land for the next generation. Lori Ann has food allergies which hindered her ability to enjoy food, until she began eating organic. “Now I can eat fruits without peeling them,” she says. “I buy organic grass-fed beef and I can eat it as often as I like… I’d rather spend my money on food than medicine.”
Lori Ann stays away from preservatives, and is a proponent of enjoying a plate with 1/4 meat, 1/4 starches, and 1/2 vegetables. And she always chooses organic! Organic foods are a great option, as it provides clear options so you can avoid GMOs, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
She also notes that while choosing local is important for us as consumers, we also need to make sure we’re supporting sustainable farming practices (and that’s exactly what My Farmers’ Market does to make Winnipeggers’ lives a little easier).
It’s no picnic growing food on the prairies… but it’s doable! “We only have a mere 100 frost-free days,” Lori Ann explains. “The extreme temperatures are also challenging. You can have 1,000 heads of lettuce ready to sell, and out of the blue, you get a day of 30 degrees, and it all bolts and goes to seed… you can’t sell that.”
Of course, it’s all worth it. “Every year is different… every day is different. It is never boring. Farming is a lifestyle, not just a job. My favorite part of farming is being able to work with nature,” says Lori Ann.
One of her favorite recipes is for zucchini fritters, using zucchini that they grow at Blue Lagoon Organics. Lori Ann kindly agreed to share the recipe with us!
- 1/4 red onion, grated
- 2 tbsp carrot, grated
- 1/2 zucchini, grated
- 2 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- Butter or oil for frying
- Beat eggs.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients and season to taste.
- Heat a small non-stick pan over medium-heat, and spoon the mixture by the heaping tablespoon into the pan, leaving room for spreading.
- Cook for two minutes on each side. Enjoy!