March 7th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015

My Weekend was Crazy, all in a good way but by the time I got done all the things that needed to be done, I got the photos done but then just fell into bed.. I will try this week to get the weekend posts written ahead of time so they can get out on time.. as it stands, I need to get caught back up today 🙂

Saturday was my big Seedy Saturday event in Ottawa which was doubled up with a lovely visit with friends who live in the city..

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So it just seems right that we should talk about the victory gardens and provide some common veggie recipes in this post..

Interesting tidbit of information in regards to the Canadian Slant..

The Canadian government was not in favor of the Victory gardens for a few years, mainly due to a seed shortage and the fact that they felt that tools that would need to be made and use took away from needed supplies for the troops, however the Canadians themselves would not be stopped, they gardened on, and after three years the government changed its official stand and then began to provide seeds and help..

It would appear from my research that those three years were needed to get the seed saving production rates up to where they wanted it to be able to promote it. very slow indeed for some reason considering how fast the other countries followed suit in regard to both gardenings and depending on the country providing either rabbits or chickens to help increase each family in being more independent

While I can not find any proof that Canada did alotments like other areas did, I can find proof that Canadian, took out lands, took over public spaces, planted in pots, grew food on their roofs and in general where amazing and active guerrilla gardening of the day.

If it had soil and it was available, it was planted in depending on where you lived.. that tended to be towns and cities, but what about the country..

Well, those with houses did still garden but they also relied on the farmers to bring in fresh produce for the local store, and they did what can only be considered local community supported agriculture or CSA as its known now..

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Of course they were not called that back then but if looking at it with a open eye, the stories from my own family would support this, they had families in town that they would take baskets of fresh produce, fruit, and veggies each time they went to town..

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The story that always sticks with me is that the doctors contracted my grandfather to pick and bring him small fresh potatos, this was talked about because on the farm, you let your spuds grow big but this dutch doctor and his wife always wanted their small and young.. they said they were healthier this way..

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Hard to read I know but I think if you size up and look careful, you can figure out what said, If the title gets you on one of them, and you have questions let me know and I will write it out for you 🙂

 

 

 

 

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One Response to March 7th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015

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