There’s nothing quite like getting your hands dirty to really connect to your food (it ought to be mandatory for anyone who eats).  Chef Chris Whitaker needs no prompting, though. He’s a willing volunteer, especially for those growers who keep his ‘cold pantry’ well stocked with the best of local flavours.

In Episode 5 of The Next Course Video Chronicle,  Chris spends some down-and-dirty time with an original force-of-nature in local dining, Susan Davidson. She and her dedicated partners in the Glorious Organics Co-op in Aldergrove, BC produce an amazing array of delicious edibles, including the now-famous Celebration salad mix. It has been regularly celebrated by chefs and diners for years at discriminating local eateries for its changes-with-the-season blend of as many as 30 varieties of organic greens.

Chris also drops in to see another established supplier of tasty greens, Paul Healey of Hannah Brook Farm is Ruskin (near Maple Ridge) BC.  There is a babbling brook on his land, and Healey’s ingenious irrigation system nourishes many delicious edibles, including Chris’s favourite watercress.

Enjoy your greens. Things get a little meatier next time out.