What I would see on my plate are lots of root veggies, greens, wild meat, fish, poultry and eggs, goat milk and goat cheese. Desserts would largely be made up of berries (blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, cloudberries, etc.) and rhubarb, with fireweed honey for a sweetener. Since I don’t drink coffee that wouldn’t be an issue, and there are lots of local options for tea, including Labrador Tea and wild mint.
With that in mind, I took a good look at my dinner last night, and here’s what I saw: a simple stir-fry of onions, garlic, carrots and zucchini, some braised kale with a local poached egg on top, a potato pancake (with potatoes from my garden) and half a moose smokie, made from Joe’s fall harvest.
While a number of the things on this particular occasion didn’t come from my or Joe’s own labour (several of the items came from the produce order I get through the local bakery), I realized that I COULD and in fact HAVE in the past grown all the vegetables that were on my plate.
I would need to make some changes to become more self-sufficient. For instance, I would need to turn part of my front lawn into a vegetable garden to ensure I had enough for the entire year (to Joe’s chagrin perhaps, since he was shocked at just how much of our back lawn I converted into garden). I’d need to learn to save more of my seeds. Preserving food would become a full time job at certain times of the year. And perhaps by then the city would have relented and allowed backyard poultry and beehives.
In my mind, it is all do-able. And that gives me a feeling of assurance to know that, if need be, Joe and I could feed our family well, with some left over for our neighbours and friends. I also realize that I’m already quite a ways down that road.
What about you? What would your dinner plate look like post peak oil?