Locavore News — Ontario

 

So You Think You(th) Can Cook 

Do you have what it takes to prepare an original recipe using 3 Ontario Ingredients, with a budget of $20.00 in 20 minutes or less – all in front of a panel of celebrity chef judges? If so… start creating your recipe for the TYFPC’s “So You Think You(th) Can Cook” competition at the Royal Winter Fair. Application coming soooon to www.tyfpc.ca

 

Local food growing like proverbial garden weeds 

The small group of people crowded around boxes of fresh vegetables are part of a large and growing trend known as the local-food movement. “Sometimes when it arrives here you have a little dew on the lettuce,” Darlene Ashe says as she staffs a table of fresh vegetables, organic breads and jams. Ashe helps run The Commons Market in the Working Centre on Queen Street in downtown Kitchener. This weekly market is among nine scattered throughout the region that have direct links to local farmers. It was among the first in the region, starting in 2004. Now they are all at the cutting edge of the movement. Kitchener-Waterloo Record story. 

 

Chocolate as a local Ontario food? 

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, through its Erie Innovations and Commercialization Initiative, is exploring the potential for a hazelnut industry in Ontario. Hazelnuts are key ingredients in both of the products I mentioned above, which are manufactured by Ferrero Canada Inc. in Brantford, Ontario. Food and Farming Canada blog. 

  

A bumper crop of Guelph farmers markets emerging 

Eating local has never been so easy — nor has shopping for such fare. Gone are the days when the only farmers’ market in town was the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Several such operations now complement the downtown Saturday-morning Guelph institution. Guelph Mercury story

 

U of G Planning Prof Touts Buying Local Food 

A professor of Rural Planning at the University of Guelph says both climate change and the energy crisis are forcing us to take another look at the connection between food production and the people who consume it. Wayne Caldwell was one of the guest speakers at a recent Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee meeting. He used the example of a speaker from Waterloo who talked about some of the products available in supermarkets there. Caldwell says as the costs for energy and transportation increase the opportunity for local producers increase as well and he says in this case local means within Ontario. CKNX Radio 920AM Wingham story. 

 

North America’s first Youth Food Policy Council’s website 

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council seeks to mobilize and engage Youth to make change by building a just food system. Visit the TYFPC website and see what Toronto’s food-passionate young people are talking about. The new website features an interactive blog, lists of upcoming events and information about Council activities. The TYFPC thanks Kyle McGregor for designing the website. Website. 

  

Farmer Tax Credit For Foodbank Donations Being Debated 

A private members bill designed to give farmers a tax credit for donating excess food to food banks will be debated this week at Queen’s Park. Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton will present his private member’s bill on Thursday for second reading debate. Over 25 million pounds of fresh food is disposed of, or ploughed back into farmers’ fields in Ontario each year; in most cases the produce is not sold for cosmetic reasons like size, shape or colour. CKNX Radio 920AM Wingham story. 

  

Windsor Farmers’ market not departing from former bus terminal 

Windsor’s increasingly successful downtown farmers’ market will continue at its current site at the former Greyhound bus terminal next year. City council Monday night also agreed to a request by the Downtown Residents Association to set up a committee to review whether the market should stay there or be moved somewhere else in future years. The committee, including representatives from the DRA and its market subcommittee, the city and the Downtown Windsor BIA, will report back to council ahead of the 2011 capital budget deliberations. Windsor Star story. 

  

Abattoir aid announced 

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is providing up to $1.5 million to help small-and medium-sized rural abattoirs and meat plants expand and reach new markets — but abattoir operators say more is needed for mandated improvements. Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson announced the funding locally following the initial announcement earlier this month by Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell. The new funding, which the minister announced Sept. 2 in Hensall, is part of the government’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program and is a cost-sharing initiative, explained Sarah Petrevan, Mitchell’s senior communications adviser. Stratford Beacon Herald story. 

  

Local Food Plus: A Model for Food Citizenship in North America 

The price we pay at the grocery store is not the true cost of our food. Our food systems allow many major costs to be externalized. These externalities include transportation, soil degradation, irrigation-related groundwater depletion, and pesticide and fertilizer misuse. This means that eventually, taxpayers foot the bill for these, without ever making the connection between faux food policy and its social and environmental tolls. Kathryn Cooper essay reposted on WorldChanging Canada 

  

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Eating by the Numbers: Facts on Food Culture

Did you know that nearly 44% of adult eating is done alone? How about that 72% of family eating occasions involve only adult family members? Hartman Group Info Graphic.

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