Whether people lived in a town near a farm or on the farm itself, they usually ate what was available regionally. In some areas of Canada, where the climate was not suited to growing fresh produce, some fruits and vegetables had to be brought in from elsewhere. Many people — not just farmers — grew, processed, and prepared a lot of their own food.
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Oranges were a special treat for children at Christmas, because the freshly harvested fruit was rare and had to be imported from the United States.