On a Mission to Natural Health

Heather’s Healthy Harvest is a natural food store that offers fresh fruits and vegetables in season, free-range, additive and hormone-free meats from local farms, gluten-free baked goods, such as breads, pies and cookies, and dry goods, like flour and pasta. The aim is to sell chemical-free foods that are made or grown in Ontario and to offer solutions for people with allergies or sensitivities.

Heather believes it's important for you to know where your meats come from and how they are raised to ensure you are purchasing quality and safe products. She will offer beef, pork, chicken and turkey that are free from antibiotics and growth hormones. Free-range meats come from animals that have been pasture-raised in cruelty-free, ethical farms and allowed to graze on grass and hay in open air, and have not been force-fed and forced to live their entire lives in over-crowded, dirty environments.

By choosing organic or naturally grown fruits and vegetables from local farms, we keep much more carbon in the soil instead of leaking it into the atmosphere, thus reducing our carbon footprint. Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers used in big-business agriculture are often made from fossil fuels which use large quantities of energy and produce greenhouse gases. Studies have shown that chemical farming uses much more energy per unit of production than organic farms, which do not use these chemicals. In addition, the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers in soils produces nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere, according to an article by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Another main focus of Heather’s Healthy Harvest is to offer a large selection of gluten-free foods. Gluten intolerance has become quite prevalent in our society.

Celiac disease is the most extreme reaction to gluten. It is an auto-immune disorder, which causes a severe sudden onset allergic reaction, to the protein called gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats and any derivatives of these. It also prevents or limits essential nutrients from being absorbed, which causes malnutrition in cases of long-term undiagnosed celiac disease. Gluten intolerance is harder to diagnose and has a slower onset than Celiac disease, according to the Gluten Free Network. The symptoms of gluten intolerance include, but are not limited to, gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, IBS constipation, and diarrhea), weight loss or weight gain, eczema, headaches, exhaustion, and joint pain. It is estimated that approximately 15% of the population has some form of gluten intolerance.

“Just think……No farmers, No food, No future”.

By offering foods that come from local farms, we are supporting the local economy and giving farmers a much-needed boost in sales. “We are facing a very real crisis of renewal in agriculture within the next 10 years. Farmers are getting older in Canada and fewer young people are entering farming. Only 2% of the Canadian population farms. With less than 30,000 young farmers in Canada today and the fastest pace of decline in our history, fewer and fewer farmers will be producing our food in the future. This loss of farmers will severely impact our food security and the capacity of our farms to provide Canadians with most of the healthy foods we require to thrive in the 21st Century. There is a new federal-provincial framework being created called Growing Forward 2, and this is an opportune moment to leverage new consumer trends to renew our farm population by making a clear commitment to helping a new generation of farmers across Canada create successful family businesses”.

National Farmers Union members believe that the problems facing farmers are common problems, and that farmers producing diverse products must work together to advance effective solutions. The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food-producing unit in Canada. There used to be a sign in the field of one of the farms on Highway 43 that read, “Just think……No farmers, No food, No future”. You can help by buying from local farms and stores who sell local foods and produce.

 

 

 

 

 Heather’s Healthy Harvest is a proud member of the following community groups

 

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Unit 105, 215 Sanders Street
Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0

Call: 613-215-0353