Get Local Gaspésie

Encouraging Gaspesians to discover the bounty of their own backyard

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My 10 cents on CETA

CETA has been a hot topic this week, in the news, in social media, and if you’re a farmer, around the kitchen table. In broad strokes Canadian dairy farmers and artisan cheese makers took a serious hit. However Canadian pork, beef and bison producers will benefit from increased quota access to the EU.

I can’t say I’ve formed an opinion yet about CETA as thus far it has been difficult finding open and factual yet unbiased discussion about its contents. It will take time to digest and understand its contents, and even more time to appreciate its real impacts. I do trust the hard working professionals at the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec and Dairy Farmers of Canada when they say this will impact my bottom line as a dairy farmer.

I don’t work in a community vacuum. I know that this deal may bring concrete benefits to other sectors in my region and right across this country. I am particularly pleased to see there was good news for the beef sector; cattle producers have had a hard struggle since mad cow, it’s nice to recognize that we may have finally climbed out of that valley.

I am however seriously concerned for our Canadian artisan cheese makers. They face losing considerable market share to a flood of cheap Euro imports. This comes at a time when our Canadian artisan cheesemakers are coming into their own. I bet not many Canadians are aware that a Canadian cheese, “Lankaaster” (made by Glengarry Cheesemaking in Lancaster ON) just won top honours as “Supreme Global Champion” at the annual Global Cheese Awards.

I do have a clear opinion on one score however, and that the offensive and repugnant reactions of the anti Canadian dairy crusaders Andrew Coyne, Martha Hall Findlay and their minions. How an ECONOMIST can rejoice at news that farmers and business will be hurt financially, defies logic, and human decency. Andrew Coyne’s unbridled glee at finally having more access to cheap European cheese was also punctuated with a renewed battle cry against supply management.

May I suggest to Andrew Coyne, and all others whose priority in life is their personal access to cheap European cheese rather than the continued health of our own dairy industry, that you are very welcome to move to Europe and buy all the cheese you want. Everyday. You don’t get to dismantle lives and businesses just to serve your own selfish, and frankly petty desires. Nor do you hold some golden key of wisdom about the realities of the dairy industry that somehow eludes every Canadian dairy farmer who are surrounded in their operational realities everyday. You are fond of pointing out our seclusion in our “foxholes”. I suppose this is how you explain to yourself that you are somehow so much more informed about our industry than the people who actually work and make a living in it. 7 days a week. Often for multiple generations. That’s not to mention the hard working professionals at DFC, the FPLQ and all of the other provincial boards.

So do me a favor and fill your boots with cheap European cheese. You have your heart’s desire, just know that you have had it at the personal expense of many farmers and cheesemaking entrepreneurs, who can little afford it.

 

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Just a few of the woodland flowers and berries that are common in the Gaspesian forest. I’ve decided to actually take the time to know the true names of these plants that I share an ecosystem with! Some of them I already know by name; I’ll have to break out the old Audubon field guide to identify the rest! 

Click on the photos to see the names of each; any blanks mean I have yet to discover it myself.

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What would the Local Product Festival be without STRAWBERRIES?
Ferme Tradition Bourdages will be there with flats of their fresh picked local strawberries. These babies are sure to go quick! They are also bringing along a selection from their growing line of products, from bread to jams to their strawberry wine.
See you at the festival!

What would the Local Product Festival be without STRAWBERRIES?

Ferme Tradition Bourdages will be there with flats of their fresh picked local strawberries. These babies are sure to go quick! They are also bringing along a selection from their growing line of products, from bread to jams to their strawberry wine.

See you at the festival!

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The Irish Bastards played Cime Aventure last evening. What a great night! Note in the video people of all ages up dancing to the music.

This is my Gaspesie. Those who are blessed to live here love it. To those of you who don’t live here…. what is stopping you?

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We Gaspesians have a reputation for being a little on the “wild” side, but Gaspesie Sauvage takes this to a whole new level! We are happy to announce that the Local Product Festival in Shigawake on July 14 will have Gaspesie Sauvage products for sale!

Come on out to the festival and see for yourself the variety of quality products that our forests and red earth have to offer!

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mmmmm…. a tempting cold thought on a hot summer day. Carleton’s own microbrewery, Le Naufrageur will be serving up some cold ones on Saturday evening, (July 13) paired up perfectly with Québec artisan cheeses for your tasting pleasure!

Come on out, enjoy some live music and good company at the Trough on Shigawake’s fair grounds and savour the great taste of Québec!

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The essentials of the Local Product Festival

Most gardens in the Gaspé got off to a late start this spring / summer, so your fresh taters will not quite be ready by July 14. The good news is that Bonaventure’s Patasol will be back with bags of taters to sell at the Local Product Festival in Shigawake on July 14.  

Conserverie de la Baie jams will also be available in the consignment booth, where shoppers will find a wide variety of local products.

See you in two weeks at the festival!

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