Locavore News — Ontario


Ontario’s Good Food Map

Explore our playful illustrative map below. Drawn by Sustain Ontario intern Tammara Soma and developed into the Google Maps interface by intern Kyle L. McGregor. It serves as a great educational tool and can spark conversation about Ontario’s good food ideas. Map.


Homegrown in Toronto

An e-zine bringing you practical advice on growing vegetables and fruit on your own. Growing vegetables shouldn’t seem exotic. It’s straightforward stuff. As a horticulturist and life-long gardener, I share practical experience about simple ways to garden. And as a writer and journalist, I give frank opinions about what you need…and what you don’t. You’ll find advice served up with a simple, no-nonsense approach. Past issues. Subscribe.


Growing food helps connect urban and rural neighbours

Early Sunday morning, nine people pack into a grey van near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. and head north to where the houses stop and the farmland begins.  Their destination is the McVean Farm, a 20-hectare slab of land in Brampton that’s cultivated by more than a dozen people. But the rows of vegetables and herbs are easy to miss. The northern-most crops bump against a subdivision of houses. The road hugging the land is being widened to make room for the development, the construction obscuring the farm’s sign and entrance. Toronto Star story,


Kitchener firm goes the distance to deliver farm-fresh goods

Three times a week, Langdon Hall chef Jonathan Gushue places his order for local meat and just-picked vegetables from nearby farms. The next day, one of two refrigerated cargo vans operated by 100 Mile Market Inc. drops off his order of lamb, pork, tomatoes, strawberries, butter, asparagus, yoghurt and flour at the award-winning restaurant in the Cambridge hotel and spa. Kitchener-Waterloo Record story.


The recipe for North America’s first agri-food cluster

The Toronto-Guelph-Waterloo corridor is the hub of agri-food research in Southern Ontario, and that’s where the Toronto Region Research Alliance enters the picture.  Over the past year, TRRA identified the agri-food sector’s institutional and industry strengths in innovation.  This involved investigation and outreach to regional development agencies in Guelph, Mississauga and Toronto, government agencies, and food-related research institutes and associations across the corridor. As a result, the region is now armed with asset maps of the sector and a report on North American agri-food cluster activities and international best practices. Toronto Region Research Alliance E-Newsletter feature,


Local, Organic Garlic

The Garlic Harvest is complete and The Cutting Veg is now taking orders.   Specifically, we have nine varieties available for order this season: Persian, Tibetan, Russian, Salt Spring Island, Korean, Ukrainian, Italian, Former Yugoslavia, and Sicilian.  The Cutting Veg is also introducing “Value Packs”, and “Large Value Packs” this season, for folks who aren’t yet addicted to certain varieties, and want to sample a wide spectrum, at a discount price. The garlic will need about a month to cure (the drying process which enables the garlic to be stored for a long period), and then needs to be cleaned and labeled.  Thus, your order will be ready sometime in mid-September. Varieties available. Order form.


Shepherd’s Watch 100 Mile Market &Cafe’ Bistro, Arthur, Ontario

A Showcase of what Wellington County has to offer. Enjoy some time in our Cafe. Take home some farm fresh goodness. All of our prepared foods are made from scratch with farm fresh local food. Our retail store offers a full line of products found within 100 miles, everything from candles, the dried goods, vegetables to a full line up of local meat. Details.


Urban farmers clucking over decision

Urban farmers will soon be legal in St. Catharines, with city councillors deciding Monday night to draft new guidelines to permit people to raise rabbits and chickens in their backyards. The limits on the number of livestock and the requirements for their care — such as separation distances from neighbours — still have to be finalized and will be the subject of a public meeting, but urban farmer Sheri Fogel is counting Monday’s decision as a victory. Fogel and fellow urban farmer Tina Dyck were at council Monday night wearing “I support Backyard Chickens” badges, and said they would be gathering support from other urban farmers and farming wannabes. St. Catharines Standard story.


Celebrity Chef to lead Peach Harvest

 “It’s not enough to love peaches, when you’re in Niagara I can’t help but to pick them,” says celebrity chef Ricardo Larrivèe, star of Ricardo & Friends (Food Network TV), of one of Niagara’s best peach harvests in decades. In fact, this year’s harvest is so great, Ricardo will be featuring his Niagara peach experience in his magazine, Ricardo. Working with the Niagara Culinary Trail Ricardo will host an elaborate celebrity event in the peach orchards on the Kurtz farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In what promises to be this summer’s best food and wine event, guests will be seated at one long harvest table stretched out in the orchard dressed in the finest linens and china. The orchard will be laden with plump, ripe fruit, the air intoxicating with the aromas of peaches ready to be harvested and dinner begins. The 5-course peach inspired dinner will be prepared by five of Niagara’s top chefs. Niagara Culinary Trail release.


Touring the Greenbelt for the Tour de Greenbelt

It was a short week last week, even shorter for me as I headed out into the Greenbelt on Friday to Henry of Pelham – the first stop on this year’s Tour de Greenbelt. We’ve been shooting a short promotional piece about the Tour (stay tuned!) and we were going to be interviewing Tour Director, Peter Hart. We were also going to be shooting people biking in the Greenbelt, which was why I had my bike along in the back of the Foundation’s Prius. As with every time I’ve been out in the Greenbelt I was struck by how amazing it was to be out of the big city, where everything was lush and green and the frenetic pace of everyday life just seemed to slow down. I was completely relaxed by the time we finished the shoot. Allison Decker blogs about the Greenbelt.



The Green Train has Left the Station – All Aboard!

David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Kent Business School and at the Royal Agricultural College, U.K. comments on socially acceptable eating. Podcast.


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