Heinz, Kelloggs Closures Not End Of Ontario Food Processing
The George Morris Centre Report proposes the primary focus has to be on obtaining new domestic and foreign investments and re-investments in the industry. It calls for more investments in developing new and needed labour pools. It’s so-called market and policy responses should also include much better co-ordination of public and private research and private sector innovation. Blackburn News story.
Taste of Huron launches Winterlicious
This winter, Taste of Huron has launched a new dining program to highlight the local-ingredients-based menus of the region’s chefs. From February 1st to March 9th, nine Huron County restaurants will be offering three-course, prix fixe menus as part of their Winterlicious program. These dining experiences include starters, mains, and desserts for just $29 per person, plus taxes and gratuity. Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.
Great Big Crunch
Since 2006, over 500,000 people have crunched with FoodShare. Join The Great Big Crunch on Thursday March 6, and take part from your classroom, online, office, or home! Learn about healthy snacking and local food in a fun filled day, ending with a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple at 2:30pm E.S.T. Register.
Dufferin Farm Fresh local food map launches website
The Dufferin Farm Fresh local food map now has a companion website, dufferinfarmfresh.com.
Launched earlier this month, this innovative site was created with hopes to connect the hungry public to fresh Dufferin-produced food. “It took over six months of hard work to build the site. I worked side-by-side with the web designer,” said Marci Lipman, a local resident and part-time farmer. “I researched several companies that had done local food maps for other counties because I wanted to see what type of website I liked and what worked the best.” Orangeville Citizen story.
Red Tape for Wine Producers
Local winery owners say while they are pleased the province has allowed them to sell wine at farmers markets, there is still a lot to be done. “There’s going to have to be permits, guidelines and regulations,” says Mike Korpan of Early Acres Estate Winery in Chatham. “The LCBO suggested to us we wouldn’t be able to jump into a farmers market and sell, we would still need to get a permit to sell and another permit to possibly sample.” Blackburn News story.
Seventeen of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s dining establishments have joined together to create Signature Kitchens, a culinary group celebrating the joys of local, seasonal and artisanal cuisine. Each group member has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the use of high-quality local ingredients, a focus on outstanding VQA wines, and the delivery of professional service. Fabulicious from February 27th to March 6th. Website.
Sustainability Requests Frustrate Some Fruit, Vegetable Growers
A George Morris Centre report suggests Ontario fruit and vegetable growers take a mixed view on sustainability initiatives. The study found that Canadian sustainability initiatives so far have fallen into two main categories – voluntary responses to market demands or proactive anticipation of future market demands. It found some growers are frustrated with ever-changing demands and costs of sustainability requests , while others aren’t facing any of those demands. Blackburn News story.
Ontario Pork to Make It Easier to Find Local Product
A number of surveys suggest consumers are interested in buying locally-produced, fresh meat products from family farms. Ontario Pork and the province’s three federally-licensed pork processors are hoping to capitalise on that through a new labelling program. The program will allow retailers to label their pork products as Ontario pork if it comes from animals born, raised and slaughtered in this province. They’ll be provided the labels at no cost, but will be required to sing an agreement confirming they will abide by that definition of Ontario pork. Blackburn News story.
Chef’s Forum Moving to Owen Sound
The Chef’s Forum Spring Trade Show for Farmers and Buyers is moving to a new location. Co-ordinator Linda Reader says they will be holding it in Owen Sound at the Farmer’s Market building in a bid to attract more farmers and buyers from Bruce County. Reader says the Chef’s Forum connects farmers with commercial buyers like chefs, institutional buyers and retail store owners. Blackburn News story.
Conservation Authority Trying To Find Healthy Soil Standard
A soil specialist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority says one of the challenges in finding a reliable measuring stick for health soil is determining what the standard should be. Ross Wilson was a guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee. He pointed out that healthy soil is good for water quality as well as for agriculture. Wilson says they’re in the very early stages of a project aimed at identifying healthy soil and then determining what makes it healthy. Blackburn News story.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Feeding Nine Billion Video 4: The need for more equitable food distribution
By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet – but will there be enough food for everyone? Food security expert Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis. YouTube video. Feeding 9 Billion website.