Market Musings

Local food movement - do we qualify?

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Local food movement - do we qualify?

There is a lot of talk these days about the local food movement. Although I have always found it odd that a movement is required back to habits we practiced without any consideration 100 years ago, I wanted to look at this phenomenon a bit more intently. Over the coming months, I’d like to write a few pieces on the concept itself, how we all fit into its cavern and the realistic role local food could have in the larger economy. To start out I wanted to be sure that the Beechwood Market is qualified to offer up an opinion....

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Change Of Season: Preparing The Body With Whole Foods

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"What can I do to prepare myself and my family for the Change of Season?” is a question I often get from patients this time of year. Whether you are referring to stress management as we switch into a mentally exerting work/school routine, regular immune support to prevent seasonal cold and flus, or emotional support in prevention of Seasonal Affective Disorder, it is commonly known that once Labour Day comes and goes, our health concerns can change as quickly as the weather. The chart below outlines through a Traditional Chinese Medicine lens the changes of seasons and how to support...

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Pickling, The Joy of Market Extras

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Pickling, The Joy of Market Extras

In her latest piece, Dr. Colbran Marjerrison explores the benefits of pickling: So you ordered pickling cucumbers. “Make pickles” you said, “It will be fun” you said. Yet the week is creeping by and there they sit in your fridge with no jar in sight. I have to say it - you’ve found yourself, in a pickle (ba dum cha). What if I told you your life is likely to improve if you make those pickles? What if I told you, you don’t have to stop (or start) at cucumbers? You might not realize this, and it might blow your...

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Why is the Beechwood Market not open on-site?

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Why is the Beechwood Market not open on-site?

Between vendors, customers and local businesses, I have fielded this question a few times. I believe the question comes mostly from a need to go back to normal. I share this need in spades. To match these requests, I have also received many thanks for continuing our online store. I started the Beechwood Market as a spot for the community to mingle, shop and engage with local business owners. We created the Beechwood Breakfast, geared up a great line up of local musicians, moved to a kid-friendly park and assembled the best roster of small businesses Ottawa has to offer....

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Eat your Broccoli! - Doctor's orders

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Eat your Broccoli! - Doctor's orders

Our newest Market Muser, Dr. Colbran Marjerrison ND, tells us why broccoli could save your life! OK, maybe not save it, but it will certainly help you out along the way. The good doctor can be found at http://www.beechwoodnaturopathy.com/ “Eat your broccoli” your mom surely said to you more than once at the dinner table growing up. Not just an order for kids as we try to fill them up with greens, as a Naturopathic Doctor I often find myself giving this gentle advice to adults for the beneficial effects on their health concerns. Three major reasons I may recommend someone...

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