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Eat Like Royalty on the Cheap Mary de Bassecourt


t home and on their royal yacht, the Royal Family eat simply cooked but elegant food from the Prince’s Highgrove/Duchy Home Farm. When she travels, the Queen has her own water brought with her because she can’t afford to get sick. Looks like the good food and water work for her! Peter and I often say we eat like royalty, thanks to the wonderful food our local farmers and our garden provide. (Buying only local meat isn’t hard at all, and isn’t more expensive.) Burger night at our house means about 4 oz. per person of local grass-fed ground beef, costing $2, with oven fries (potatoes from our garden or organic ones from Memorial Farmers Market at $.50 per person). Our veggie could be green beans or peas frozen from our garden or organically homegrown sprouts in a salad with grated carrot and celery. Sprouts and winter veggies like carrots are also available at Memorial Farmers Market in Kingston, open Sundays all year round. The cost per person for the salad with homemade dressing is estimated at $1.50. Add a glass of organic wine from Sharbot Lake LCBO for $1.50 and a glass of sweet, pure well water, bringing your grand total for this princely meal to $5.50 per person. Compare this unbeatable grass-fed burger dinner (including salad and wine) with McSomething’s quarter-pound burger with cheese, medium fries, and drink at $5.79.

contact our meat vendors outside of the market season at Tryon Farm – beef, pork, chicken, turkey (carileet@hotmail. com) and Maple-Lim Farm – lamb, preserves ( Memorial Farmers Market in Kingston offers sprouts, winter veggies, meats, cooked lunches, etc. and is open Sundays year round ( Verona’s Frontenac Farmers Market vendors are listed on their website ( Bon appétit! Sharbot Lake Farmers Market is looking for new vendors and volunteers. Interested? Please email


ew Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps one of the most debated holiday traditions. Some people hate them. Some people love them. Most people break them. But every January, we still try to better ourselves with the dawn of a new year.

Especially after weeks of holiday living. The holidays are when people indulge. They celebrate. They overeat. They do too little. For me, resolutions can and should be made any time of the year. They should be made at any time that you recognize that you want things to change. Maybe you want to work on your home-work balance. Maybe you want to make more time for friends. Maybe you want to feel better about yourself. Maybe you want to get more involved in your community. I don’t believe that January 1st is the only day on the calendar that we can start to make a change. Regardless of when we decide to make and stick to our resolutions, we need to be smart about them. I’m definitely one of those people who jump into my goals full throttle. I don’t really think about how to implement them into my routine in a manageable way. And what happens is that within a couple of weeks, I’m back to my old, less desirable ways.

One of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever been given is to start small. It is absurd to think that we can change with the snap of our fingers. So start small. Think of small ways that you can change your routine. Make a point of checking in with a different friend once a day. Leave your work at the office at least once a week. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Look up possible volunteering opportunities in your community. And once you’ve started, keep adding, bit by bit, until you’re happier with you. It’s important that your resolutions are for you and not anyone else. It’s your life. If you’re happy, change doesn’t need to happen. But if you want to better yourself in some way, please be smart about it. Know yourself and what you’re capable of. Build your goals up until you’re happy with the results. And stick with them even if you slip. We’re all allowed to indulge ourselves sometimes. Just make sure not to get into the habit of it. I read somewhere recently that it can take up to two months to fully change your regular routine. It takes commitment to implement a resolution. So for those of you still slugging it out with your New Year’s Resolutions, keep going. For those of you thinking about making a change, think big and do small. As long as you’re doing it for you, to better you, resolutions don’t have to be a dreaded part of the holiday tradition.

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If you want to try eating like royalty on the cheap, our Sharbot Lake Farmers Market vendors offer ground beef and other beef cuts, pork, chicken, lamb, and sometimes turkey. Their meats are all government inspected and frozen. You can


Grace Smith

Personally, I feel like I’m sitting on the fence about the dreaded resolutions. While I think it is admirable to want to be better, to feel better, to look better, it can be ridiculous to assume that this could just happen overnight.


An added benefit of cooking your own locally grown meal are the delicious smells that waft through the house from the oven fries baked in organic olive oil and the grass-fed burgers cooked in a cast iron frying pan with real, organic butter. Not to mention the health benefits of more vitamins and minerals in the meat and a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, with no hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. Most truly local, organically grown vegetables (according to reliable independent studies and contrary to some industry-driven reports) have higher nutritional value, taste better, and haven’t been grown with pesticides.

New Year, New You

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The SCOOP // February / March 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // February / March 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...