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The Finken family's suburban straw bale home. They live a block-and-a-half east of Lac Deschênes in the city of Gatineau*, Quebec. The Finkens try to eat from the bounty of local farmers and producers to get the freshest food possible and grow some of their own summer and fall vegetables in raised beds in their front yard. They buy organic foods to the extent that they can afford the higher cost but they try to economize on staple foods. "At the bigger markets," says Kirk, "everything is so seductive that you end up spending more money (than you intended)".

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The Finken family's suburban straw bale home. They live a block-and-a-half east of Lac Deschênes in the city of Gatineau*, Quebec. The Finkens try to eat from the bounty of local farmers and producers to get the freshest food possible and grow some of their own summer and fall vegetables in raised beds in their front yard. They buy organic foods to the extent that they can afford the higher cost but they try to economize on staple foods. "At the bigger markets," says Kirk, "everything is so seductive that you end up spending more money (than you intended)".