Locavore News — Ontario

 

BIC Taking Advantage of Canada Food Day

The Beef Information Centre is trying to take advantage of the upcoming Food Day Canada celebrations. That happens on July 31st. The Centre points out that Canadian beef is local beef – and that the industry contributes 23 billion dollars a year to the country’s economy. Food Day Canada has a website. Blackburn Agri-Media story.

 

Here’s a food challenge to chew on

Locavore. It’s an unfamiliar word to many Chatham-Kent residents even though we have a better opportunity than most to become one. A locavore prefers to eat locally grown and/or produced food. With summer in full swing, local fields are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables. Chatham-Kent is the place to be if you buy into the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! movement. Chatham Daily News story.

 

Tasted Muskoka lately?

How does Muskoka taste these days? Like Vietnamese coffee ice cream, creamed wildflower honey and smoked trout pâté, among other things. James Murphy has eaten it all. He’s the general manager of Savour Muskoka, the area’s culinary tourism group. That means it’s his job to get you to want to eat it all, too. To accomplish this, Savour Muskoka has its own culinary map with 106 Muskoka/Parry Sound farmers, culinary artisans, restaurants and food shops. Anyone who buys a $50 associate membership gets a “passport” full of coupons (like one free dozen eggs at Rockhill Farm if you spend $20). Toronto Star story.

 

Supporting local farmers just makes sense

Who can resist the taste of fresh vegetables and fruits and other food products right off the field or out of the kitchen? Most of us would agree there’s nothing as satisfying as fresh, homegrown food products. Across Ontario, consumers are choosing to buy local and fresh food. Farmers’ markets remain strong contributors both to the economy and to the fabric of communities in Ontario. As you travel the roads of Chatham-Kent, you will again have the opportunity of supporting our local farmers and artisans who supply locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, other food products, and homemade craft items across our community at numerous roadside stands, stores, and farm markets. As well, there are Saturday markets in Ridgetown and Chatham. Chatham Daily News story.

 

The Beer Frontier @ Brewers Plate: Sustainable brew and you, it’s a perfect pairing

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of schmoozing among the suds of some of Ontario’s best established brewers and the newest and most exciting upstarts. The Brewers Plate has become an event that, like the Santé Wine Festival, helps elevate bacchanalian pursuits to the level of an art form, while putting the spotlight squarely on Ontario’s terroir. The presenters of the event, Green Enterprise Ontario and Local Food Plus, are two of the most active organizations at promoting synergies and relationships between consumers, retailers, wholesalers and producers who want to make and buy things that preserve our natural environments and create jobs in Ontario. Jason Rehel writes in the National Post

 

No substitute for fresh

It’s a trend Local Flavours organizers hope will continue -forever. Local restaurants, inns and consumers are buying locally grown vegetables and meat as the membership of the Local Flavours food network has increased to 113 strong -and that’s without funding or advertising. “It has exploded,” said Wendy Banks of Wendy’s Mobile Market, one of the Local Flavours committee members. Brockville Recorder and Times story.

 

Southwestern Ontario Locavore

I am a graduate student studying the politics of food.  As part of my research, I have decided to do the 100 mile diet in order to test the boundaries and limitations of our food system.  What I have experienced has been – for the most part – fascinating, fun and encouraging.  Beyond good, healthy food I have discovered community and connectedness with my environment, my neighbours and myself.  I’ve had a few set-backs, and some brief (very brief) moments of discouragement, but overall, eating local is a wonderful experience.  I really don’t know that I’ll ever go back. This is a log of my adventures in local eating, which started in earnest on August 01, 2007.  The basic rule is that all food items purchased to bring into my home must come from within 100 miles of where I live, and ideally are organic or ecologically produced. Blog.

 

Brooklin Locavore: Good Things Grow in Durham Region

This week on my way to work, I was listening to an interview of Carolyn Herriot who has just released a book called the Zero Mile Diet. Carolyn lives in Victoria, BC and enjoys a much shorter winter and a much longer growing season. While I have not yet picked up a copy of her book, I found the interview quite interesting. She raised a number of important points about having a greater understanding of what we are putting into our bodies as well as increasing the amount of fresh produce we consume while at the same time minimizing the amount of processes food. However the interview left me wondering how realistic the zero mile diet would be in Ontario. Blog.

 

Seasonal Ontario Food: The Locavore

Like a lot of people, i am trying to eat more local seasonal food. I post recipes here, in their season, which consist of at least 80% Ontario grown or produced food. (there will be a few exceptions – some things are just too good to pass up!) My bias is towards organic, and a number of food sensitivities will give an odd kick to my gallop. Blog.

 

Nonfiction review: Locavore, by Sarah Elton

I was a bit hesitant to read this because I sort of felt like I may have heard it all before. Yes, I know, flying avocados in from Chile is bad for the environment. I know I should be spending more on locally and sustainably raised meats. I know I know I know. I KNOW! But then I read an excerpt from the book on the HarperCollins website, and I was hooked. The way Sarah Elton writes about the local food movement is fun and passionate, not preachy. Sasquatch Radio review.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

DRESDEN TRACTOR PARADE BREAKS WORLD RECORD

How do you beat a world record for the largest parade of tractors? You convince at least 601 other farmers to bring their iron beast to your home town and there you have it.

It wasn’t that simple but Ken Richards, (Westag Grad 1966) of Dresden somehow managed to equal and in fact double the previous record of 601 tractors in a parade in Dresden on Saturday, July 24, 2010. “I’m told we officially had 1231 tractors and their operators in this show for which I am truly grateful,” said a proud Richards.

Tractors cued up in a 75 acre wheat stubble field and drove a 3 kilometer run to the Dresden Fairgrounds where they covered the inner race track.

The parade was so large that it took nearly 6 hours to pass a given point. There were green 400 horse behemoths all the way down to tiny garden sized tractors in the procession.

“It’s going to take me a few days to get over the excitement of having this turn out so well. We really, really appreciated the help from volunteers and the sponsorships we got from seed and chemical companies. Without them, it wouldn’t have happened,” adds Richards.

The record, once vetted, will be published in the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records. Meantime the Canadian Cancer Society, Dresden branch is going to have a $102,000 deposit soon. The tractor drive had a subtitle of Drive out Cancer and participants gave at the registration desk. In fact, Richard’s tractor number 602 was a 1944 Cockshutt 60 painted in a cancer yellow theme with blue and pink stripping for prostate and breast cancer, two types which mean a lot in the Richard’s household.

Farmers Driving Out Cancer! website. London Free press story. Canadian Cancer Society story. Chatham Daily News video.

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