Celebrate Ontario’s third annual Local Food Week this June 6 – 12 by trying some of the fresh and locally-grown food and beverages produced, grown and harvested here in Ontario.
The third annual Local Food Week kicked off with the launch of the 2016 Local Food Report, which highlights growth in the local food movement and the success the Ontario government has had in increasing food literacy and expanding access to local food for Ontarians.
This Local Food Week, treat your taste buds to some local foods and beverages:
- Visit one of the 175 farmers’ markets registered with Farmers’ Markets Ontario or 300 farms registered with the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and connect directly with the farmers that grow your food
- Ask your retailer, butcher, or fishmonger what local options they carry and look for the Foodland Ontario logo wherever you shop
- Choose from more than 200 Ontario-grown foods – from kale, strawberries and beans to a wide variety of meat, fish, eggs, dairy, maple syrup and honey, as well as food products available throughout the year
- Eat out at one of over 100 Feast ON restaurants – a designation highlighting the restaurant’s choice to source the majority of their food from local suppliers
- Quench your thirst with Ontario fruit and world-class VQA wines, ciders and craft beers at select grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Enjoy responsibly.
- Established under the Local Food Act, 2013, Local Food Week presents an opportunity for Ontario’s consumers, farmers, farm organizations, agribusinesses and government partners to come together to celebrate and promote Ontario foods and beverages.
- For more than 39 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and love local foods. Use the Foodland Ontario availability guide to find out what’s in season.
“Ontario is an agri-food powerhouse and Local Food Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate the impressive and diverse variety of locally grown, harvested and produced food available within our own province. There are many innovative individuals, groups, stakeholders and farmers, who are helping to promote and grow this important sector. I encourage everyone to become a local food champion by learning more about local food and purchasing it not only this week, but throughout the year.”– Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“Real jobs are linked to real food. And real food is prepared using fresh ingredients, and maximizing the availability of local produce. By promoting the integration of local food prepared from scratch in our training at Hawthorne Food & Drink, we are not only supporting Ontario’s economy but also working towards shifting the dynamics of the industry.” – Danielle Olsen, Executive Director, Hospitality Workers Training Centre