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Eat local this summer

This summer it's all about eating local for our editor and contributors

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Photo by Bruce Murray/Vision Fire

Mother’s Pizza is one of my favourite Halifax restaurants, so I was thrilled when food writer Valerie Mansour told me that owner Tyson Wachter wanted to share his recipes with us.

The fresh ingredients that Wachter uses are a big part of what makes his food so delicious. Whenever possible he buys directly from the producers, as close to the city as he can find.

Newell’s Jewels Edibles in Centreville, Nova Scotia supplies foraged mushrooms and greens to the restaurant in summer. While we were shooting the photos for the story on page 44, Peasant’s Pantry from New Ross, N.S. delivered a bag of sausages. “That’s the owner’s mother,” Tyson told me as she walked back out to her car.

“It’s really nice to be able to develop personal and professional relationships while building the local food community,” he says. Hear more of Wachter’s argument for eating local in this video interview.

Buying local food is a simple way to ensure you’re getting the freshest ingredients, but buying whatever you can locally is key to supporting the economy that has the greatest effect on your day-to-day life.

Summer means farmers’ markets across Atlantic Canada are bursting with small producers selling their wares. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the weather and try something new, and meet the farmers, bakers, and producers behind your food.

We’re lucky to have so many local food producers, tradespeople, and artisans on the East Coast.

We’re excited to introduce some of them to you in this issue.

You’ll meet a wild food forager from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and a custom nook builder from Stratford, P.E.I. You’ll meet a ceramicist inspired by the Saint John River, and an entrepreneur who wants to revitalize Yarmouth, N.S., one heritage building at a time.


I’m proud to share with you that East Coast Living took home two Atlantic Journalism awards on May 7. Our Winter 2015 cover, photographed by Ashley Erb, won the gold Atlantic Magazine: Best Cover award, and our Fall 2015 cover, photographed by Bruce Murray/VisionFire, won the silver award in the same category. Congratulations to everyone on our team!

As always, please share with me your tips on interesting homes and the designers, artisans, and tradespeople who inspire you. Please send your feedback and suggestions to

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