Locavore News — Ontario


Midwestern Ontario Farmers Plan Soybean Harvest Record

How fast can 160 acres of soybeans be harvest when there’s a good cause involved? We’ll find out in September. That’s when a group of farmers will try to beat the world record on a farm near Monkton in Perth County. Blackburn AgriMedia. story.


Earning praise for their local ways

Six public and private ventures are leading the way in boosting the amount of locally raised food served in Ontario institutions and municipalities. The group was named in a report released March 31 by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Ontario’s Local Food Champions report recognized role models “that are creating the ripple effect of change .(that will be) better it for our economy, environment and farmers,” said Burkhard Mausberg. Better Farming story.


Farming could be Niagara’s No. 1 economic driver: Lincoln mayor

If nurtured by government and industry, the Golden Horseshoe’s $35-billion food production and processing sector could grow dramatically over the next decade while helping consumers eat healthier, says a new study ordered by a group of agricultural action committees. That’s a “positive move” for Niagara families, farmers and processors, say local food experts who attended a brainstorming session last week centered on the study’s release and development of a subsequent 10-year action plan. St Catharines Standard story.


Taste of Huron Collaborative Success

This year’s award-winning Taste of Huron culinary festival was another delicious success and a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience Huron County’s bounty! “Taste of Huron wouldn’t be possible without the variety of hand-working partners that help to make this event the sensation that it is” said Brittany Fry, Taste of Huron Event Coordinator. The sold out Food for Thought dinners, where diners enjoyed specially-prepared menus while engaging in various food-related discussions led by guest speakers, were a huge hit that packed local restaurants including: Hessenland Country Inn, Eddington’s of Exeter, The Little Inn of Bayfield, The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro, Benmiller Inn, and Bailey’s Fine Dining. Huron county Department of Planning & Development post.


Ont. egg farmers take names for new-entrant plan

Egg Farmers of Ontario will accept applications from would-be egg producers until the end of May to borrow quota from a new province-wide pool. The group launched its New Entrant Quota Loan Pool program at its recent annual meeting in Toronto, with chair Carolynne Griffith describing the plan as “a great way to ensure constant renewal of our industry.” Mississauga-based EFO has pledged 50,000 units of egg production quota to the program to be loaned to first-time producers over a 10-year period. AgCanada.com Network story.


Brick oven puts the passion in Burdan’s Passion Bread

Master Baker Christian Burdan and fourth-generation oven-builder Gerd Zepp showcase Burdan’s new brick oven at his farm on 21 North. Zepp’s father built an oven for Burdan’s father and his grandfather the same. After coming to Canada from Germany less than two years ago, the family of Christian Burdan are ready to offer generations of baking experience thanks to their new side-fired brick oven. Baking is a family affair for Burdan, who noted he is a seventh-generation baker, tracing his family’s art back to 1762. He is a certified master baker, and has tempted tastebuds in both his native Germany and in France before coming to Canada. Goderich signal Star story.


Speakers tout local food movement

The strength of the local food movement was evident by the turnout at Victoria Hall Wednesday, April 6 to hear food journalist Sarah Elton along with the head of a multi-generational local farming operation, Paul Burnham. Both shared the same message: growing local food can be supported by people eating local food. Northumberland Today story.


Provincial money for meat market, abattoir

Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir Ltd., RR 2, Wingham, is getting $128,250 through Ontario’s Rural Economic Development Program. The money will be used to upgrade the existing facility, install new equipment and build storage and freezer space. Planned improvements are expected to create four new jobs to add the 14 jobs that already exist at Green’s. Better Farming story.


Spring Savour Stratford Tastings every Saturday in April

Intimate Savour Stratford Tastings taking place in Stratford every Saturday in April, are a good way to celebrate spring.  Culinary experts share their unique presentations with tasty locally produced foods from local fruit wine and cheese to sustainable fish choices and fair trade coffee and desserts presented in innovative ways in our lively restaurants and shops. Tasting tickets start at $25 (+HST) and can be purchased at Stratford Tourism Alliance in person, by phone or on-line. Good Food Revolution post.


‘Horse and Buggy Trail’ to wind through Southgate

Visitors to Southgate this summer will get a glimpse of Mennonite culture while shopping for local food and crafts along the Horse and Buggy Trail. The trail is an economic development initiative launched by Southgate to promote farm gate businesses that are not readily visible to travelers driving along the highways through Southgate. Mount Forest Confederate story.


Provincial Ag Minister Carol Mitchell to attend Farmers Matter Election Town Hall

Provincial Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Carol Mitchell will be attending the Farmers Matter Election Town Hall Thursday April 21st at the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford, Ontario from 1-3 p.m. Mitchell has been lobbying the federal Conservatives on behalf of Ontario’s farmers for a federal government that will commit to partnering with the province and farmers in Risk Management Program support. Farmers Matter website.



MedHelp and GE Announce New Mobile App That Makes Healthy Eating Fun and Easy

MedHelp, the world’s largest health social network, has partnered with GE to create a new mobile health app, Pic Healthy, that helps users make healthier food choices in a fun and social way. Users snap a picture of their meal and share it with their friends, who, by rating how healthy or unhealthy the food is, ultimately encourage better eating habits. The app is available as a free download on iTunes for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, or at www.medhelp.org/land/photo-food-app. San Francisco Chronicle story.


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