Locavore News — Ontario

 

Ontario’s School Food and Beverage Policy

The Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy requires healthier food and beverage choices to be offered for sale in Ontario’s publicly funded (Catholic and public) elementary and secondary schools. Food and beverages offered for sale on school premises, for school purposes, must comply with the requirements* set out in the policy, including the nutrition standards. Ministry policy. Ontario Nutrition Resource Centre guide to the policy.

 

Packed With Opportunities

Six years ago, the Pfennings, who had been farming organically in the Waterloo area for three decades, found themselves squeezed out of their own market. Their relationship with an organic food wholesaler was, as Jenn Pfenning describes it, “limping along like a bad marriage.” They felt the wholesaler, which was able to buy California lettuce and carrots cheaper, was pitting growers against each other to get a lower price. They took out a substantial bank loan to invest in new infrastructure at the farm: a larger packing warehouse, several cold storage units, a new shipping dock and delivery trucks. The Tyee article.

 

Local Food Movement Increasing Produce Variety

Local crops and products have a new showcase at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Harvest Market in the Upper East Annex features Ontario fresh vegetables and specialty products. Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell says the Market is another experience for visitors already attracted to livestock shows and favourites like the petting zoo. Blackburn Agri-Media story.

 

Culinarium’s Kathleen Mackintosh Offers a Share in Her Dream

Culinarium is “Ontario’s locavore store”. Everything in the shop Kathleen Mackintosh opened in 2008 at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton in mid-town Toronto is sourced from Ontario, and produced in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. To say Mackintosh was ahead of the curve is a gross understatement, but Mackintosh is looking for investment in her fledgling business and has decided to offer a buy-in deal of sorts to her customers: buy $500 worth of groceries now, get $600 back later, or $1,000 of Ontario food now and $1,300 later. So far so good, she’s managed to raise over a quarterof her $100,000 target in less than a week. Malcolm Jolley blogs on Good Food Revolution.

 

The Edible City: Toronto’s Food from Farm to Fork

If a city is its people, and its people are what they eat, then shouldn’t food play a larger role in our dialogue about how and where we live? The food of a metropolis is essential to its character. Native plants, proximity to farmland, the locations of supermarkets, immigration, the role chefs can and should play in society – how a city nourishes itself makes a statement about the kind of city it is. With a cornucopia of essays on comestibles, The Edible City considers how one city eats. Coach House Books listing.

 

Year of the Locavore

It is almost 2010, The Year of the Locavore, and what better way to ring in the new year than with some local chicken thigh, VQA red wine, and some all-Ontario borscht. This is going to be a bizarre and, at times, unpleasant experiment. Some may even say foolish, or pointless. But I say, hey, the proof of pudding is in the eating. Local pudding? Erica Lemieux blogs on City Seed Farms.

 

$400,000 in latest round of OTF grants for local region

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is awarding $403,000 in community grants to nine non-profit and charitable organizations in the local region, including more than $100,000 for a recently-started local food cooperative.The Eastern Ontario Local Food Cooperative (EOLFC), which was launched earlier this spring to provide local produce to residents of the region, will receive the largest share in the region: $108,000 in support funding over a two-year period. The grant will allow the cooperative to hire a coordinator, webmaster and programmer to upgrade the website and promote the cooperative – along with the benefits of eating seasonally and locally. Vankleek Hill Review story.

 

Another set of Twins

Each day, as I head to work in the city, I pass a farm with these two lovelies. I took this photo, last winter, on my way home. So lost was I, in the gaze of the horse in the foreground, that I completely missed an obviously bulging belly belonging to the mare behind him. Three months later, I was reading an article in one of the local gazettes about a rare pair of Clydesdale-Hackney twins that had just been born. It wasn’t until near the end of the article which detailed the farm’s location that I realized these were the same horses that greet me twice each workday. Andrea blogs on Rural Revival.

 

Foodland honours local stores

Local produce has put local stores in the spotlight. Foodland Ontario has given the Silver Award of Merit to two grocery stores in Mississauga. Highland Farms, 50 Matheson Blvd., and Loblaws Heartland Market, 5970 McLaughlin Rd., have each earned the award for promoting locally-grown Ontario products in displays throughout the store. Along with the overall silver awards, two other stores in Mississauga have received gold standing in two of the sub-categories. Mississauga.com story.

 

A Valuation of Ecological Services in the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem to Sustain Healthy Communities and a Dynamic Economy

This analysis of the value of the Great Lakes to the health of people, communities and the economy in Ontario has been designed to provide the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) with a credible assessment of the contributions made by the Great Lakes and to the local, provincial, regional, and national economies.  For non-traditional benefits assessment, we provide methods for valuation of natural resources and options for MNR to more thoroughly quantify benefits that we can only estimate by extrapolation from existing literature. From the preamble to the report (1.45 MB PDF).

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Apple Tree Markets’ Lesley Stoyan

Lesley Stoyan is the driving force behind Apple Tree Markets’ farmers market at Eglinton Park in North Toronto. Stoyan and her husband Chris Trussel, who works for Local Food Plus, a certifying food not-for-profit, brought the farmers market ethos north of Bloor Street out of the conviction that if their well-off, professional neighbours would embrace sustainable, local food, the good food movement would truly take hold across the city. I met with a very pregnant Stoyan (the couple are expecting their first child in the next few weeks) on a blustery late October afternoon as the Thursday market was setting-up. Malcolm Jolley’s interview posted on Good Food Revolution.

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