Buying locally produced food is the best way to thank a farmer
As we enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, encourages everyone to include as much local food as possible in their celebrations.
“We’ve all heard the slogan ‘If you ate today, thank a farmer’ – well the best way I can think of to thank a farmer is to purchase their products,” said Miller. “And Ontario is helping to make that easier with support for the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.”
The Ontario government supports Farmers’ Markets Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association because these two organizations connect farmers with consumers through direct sales experiences and because buying local supports our farmers, our economy and our environment.
“We are proud to support Ontario’s hardworking farmers who grow and sell local food directly to consumers,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman. “Whether you visit a farmers’ market, farm gate or on-farm market to purchase local food, you are supporting our local farmers and Ontario’s agri-food industry.”
Ontario is home to almost 46,900 farms that grow over 200 agricultural commodities. More than 7,000 farms engage in direct sales with consumers, which is higher than any other province. Foodland Ontario works in partnership with both Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario to promote all the good things that are grown and made in Ontario.
“I was pleased to visit Currie’s Corner Farm near Huntsville yesterday to learn about their new egg grading facility and hear about some of the challenges of farming in Parry Sound-Muskoka,” said Miller. “I presented them with a Local Food Champion Award but a better way to show our support is to buy and enjoy locally grown food.”
To mark Ontario Agriculture Week Miller also presented a Local Food Champion Award to the Muskoka North Good Food Coop, another great place to pick up some local products.