One of my students from Germany explained how his family eats. Here is his story:
Here in Canada, I get a lot of my own food, without going to a restaurant or supermarket all the time. My hobbies are hunting and fishing, so I catch, kill, and butcher a lot of my own meat and seafood. The fish in Canada are similar to the fish in Germany, but they look a little bit different. I often hunt for elk, deer, rabbits, and grouse. I haven’t gotten a draw for a moose. After I catch an animal, my friend butchers the meat at his farm. He also butchers other animals that I buy, including bison, and pig. Next weekend, we will make our own sausage from a pig that I bought, as well as the wild game that we killed. I shot a bear last year, and kept the fur, as well as eating some of the meat. That was very exciting for me because the cost to shoot a bear in Europe is very high. I had to pay someone to prepare the fur, but it was worth it.
I have a friend who lives west of Edmonton, near Wildwood. He lets me grow vegetables on his land, including tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cucumber, string beans, peas, parsley, rhubarb, and lettuce. I also raise some sheep, turkeys, and chickens (broilers: 3.5 Kg), and I have laying hens that lay about 2 dozen eggs/day. Another friend has a cold cellar under his house, so we store a lot of vegetables at his house. All winter, we can eat fresh vegetables that we grew in the summer.
At my friend’s farm, I built a small house that I can live in. It is 2x2x2 metres in dimension, and it is 5 metres above the ground. I built the house with particle board and 2x4s and added 3 windows, as well as some insulation. I can live in this house all weekend, even in -40 degrees in the winter since it has a gas heater. In the fall, we go hunting in the area, with a group of 6-7 people. We all camp together at night, but we go in separate directions during the day to hunt.
At home, my wife and I like to make everything homemade, so I bake whole-grain bread, with a sourdough starter. My wife makes sauerkraut, borscht, and perogies. She cooks almost everything at home.