Farmers Market Challenge: The Value In Knowing Your Farmer

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With protein back on the definites list, my husband and I marched straight to the albacore tuna at the Wild West Coast Seafoods truck the second we got to the market.

After a week of veggies only, we were itching to try out some new meaty options. In our house, fish is tops. Not only do my husband and I love it, it’s one of the few protein options we don’t have to fight our three-year-old on, whether it be salmon, shrimp, cod, or halibut, the boy loves it all. But tuna, I’ve always associated it as being more expensive. I think in the seven years of our marriage, we’ve cooked it maybe once. Beyond a can, the only tuna eating we do is take-out sashimi. Shame.

Yet, in my research of Wild West Coast Seafood’s pricing, a pound of tuna for $14 was the second least expensive option on the menu.

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Reminder: watering restrictions in effect throughout the summer

Green grass enthusiasts beware! Watering restrictions are now in place in New Westminster from June 1 until September 30. Water demand nearly doubles in the summer and rainfall is minimal. To help conserve water supplies, the ity wants people to water lawns in the morning, which is more effective as evaporation is minimal.

To stay healthy most lawns only need about 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week, including rainfall. This is equal to 1 hour of watering a week.

Even Addresses
Residential – Monday, Wednesday Saturday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
Non-Residential – Monday, Wednesday from 1:00 am to 6:00 am

Odd Addresses
Residential – Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
Non-Residential – Tuesday, Thursday from 1:00 am to 6:00 am

Both Even and Odd Addresses Non-Residential only
Friday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am

There are some exceptions to the restrictions:

  1. Newly turfed or seeded lawns may be irrigated more frequently, provided a permit stipulating conditions are first obtained from the Engineering Department.
  2. Hand-watering of flowers, shrubs and vegetable gardens is not affected by the regulations at this stage.
  3. Car-washing using a hose equipped with a spring loaded shut-off device is permitted.

If you are looking for other ways to help conserve water, installing a rain barrel could be an option.
The City of New Westminster sells 75 Gallon Rain Barrels for $75 (includes tax).

For more information about the watering restrictions or purchasing a rain barrel, please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.

Summer smoking ban begins in New West parks

Smokers, here’s another reason to quit. The City of New Westminster is banning smoking in all city parks and trails to reduce the risk of fire in the summer heat. Charcoal and wood-burning BBQs are also a no-go, along with the obvious ban on open fires. Propane BBQs are still allowed, so long as they’re on raised, non-combustible surfaces.

If you see any signs of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 immediately. Last Wednesday’s storm notwithstanding, it’s pretty dry out there. We don’t want another 1898.