LETTER: Why buy Mexican cucumbers?

Reader Ann Alma: "If you still buy fruits and vegetables at big chain stores right now, give your head a shake. . ."

After hearing about the recall of cucumbers in the big chain grocery stores and seeing a map of all the provinces and states affected by this recall, I can’t help but shake my head in disbelief.

Why are people in Canada buying cucumbers from Mexico at this time of the year? This mass-produced produce, grown in fields polluted with who-knows-what (I shiver to think about it) is sold while many local growers can’t give away their abundance of cucumbers, squash or apples. Thank heavens we have markets and a store that sell locally grown foods. And at least the food cupboards in Nelson provide locally grown, organic cucumbers grown in people’s own back yards. If you still buy fruits and vegetables at big chain stores right now, give your head a shake too.

Ann Alma

Beasley

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