Thursday, June 30, 2005

Salt and Pepper

Humans have been addicted to salt for a very long time. Fortunately, the earth is abundant in salt and salt mining goes back into prehistory. When we couldn’t mine it ourselves, we traded for it. The ancient Greek trade of salt for slaves spawned the saying "Not worth his salt."

Saskatchewan is blessed with salt, and some of it ends up on our dinner table. Sifto extracts salt at the town of Unity, where it is a major employer in a small farming community. It comes in fine, course and kosher grain. Try to buy Sifto salt to support Saskatchewan. You'll know it's from the Unity mine if there's a circle with the number 69 on the package.

Pepper, on the other hand, is not grown in our climate. But a resident of Saskatchewan, Carole Stratychuck, grows pepper on her property in Costa Rica, where she spends the winter. Carole sells her pepper (and her coffee) at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market in the summertime. Her pepper isn’t Saskatchewan grown, but it is grown with Saskatchewan hands. That’s close enough for me!

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