Locavore News — Ontario

Small Town Cheese Maker Seeks a Big Province’s Support – 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Award

In 2013, shortly after it first began producing cheese, a Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese product was named best firm cheese at the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. This is a testament to the hand-made quality that has put the local cheese plant’s tasty products in high demand across Ontario and garnered interest from the rest of the country. The producer’s cheeses are in such demand from both consumers and grocery chains that the company’s current annual production capacity of 30 tonnes can no longer meet consumer appetite for its products. Gunn’s Hill wants to boost production by adding a new 2,000 square-foot, climate-controlled curing and aging space to their existing building. Winning the $100,000 Grand Prize would allow the plant to build this addition, thereby doubling production, doubling its workforce, and creating a new line of premium aged cheeses. Contest finalists. Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese project. Website.


Seed to Sausage celebrates annual “Day of the Pig”

The Day of the Pig is about inspiring the customer to discover new trends in food. It promises to be a terrific event for the whole family: tasting, sipping and listening to local music. The piggy party showcases some of Canada’s best artisan food producers. Meet local chefs from Atomica, Le Chien Noir, Olivea, Bread and Butter Bakery and Slow Taco, a food cart from the county. Eat food prepared by great chefs, see all sorts of cooking and drinking demonstrations, such as Michael’s Dolce jams, Bush Garden Farmstead Cheese, Back Forty artisan cheese, Bier Markt from Toronto, seared burgers from Enright Cattle beef and Seed to Sausage bacon. Metroland Kingston Region story.


Celebrate Local Food Week with the Mustard Seed Co-op’s Grand Opening

The timing for our Grand Opening couldn’t be better, as that week is also the first-ever Local Food Week in Ontario. Come celebrate Local Food Week with Hamilton’s only co-op prioritizing local, wholesome food! Meet our producers, listen to great Hamilton-area bands, sample delicious local food, get dug in with kids’ activities, and participate in producer and partner demonstrations. Website.


What’s Next for the Local Food Act?

The fall of Ontario’s provincial government and the announcement of an election on June 12, 2014, raise some important questions regarding food and farming. What food and farming issues will be in the party platforms? Will candidates in regions and ridings across the province make healthy food and farming a priority in their campaigning? What will happen to the unproclaimed portions of the Local Food Act? Sustain Ontario post.


Transition+, mayor send healthy message

Many members of the Transition + food group wing were on hand for the short ceremony that was used to proclaim June 2-8 as Local Food Week in Cornwall. And there was a special guest in attendance — Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, who planted a zucchini in front of the Justice Building on Pitt Streetin a small vegetable garden. The key day that week is Sat., June 7, with several events going on as part of the Incredible Edible Plant Festival. There’ll be a plant giveaway outdoors near the Justice Building. “Last year we gave away (over 350) plants – tomatoes, beans, strawberries, peppers,” Carriere said. “They were in three gallon containers, people didn’t need to replant them.” Standard Freeholder story.


Hospital food overhaul urged

A UK-based “better hospital food” advocate is bringing his campaign to Ontario, calling for fresh, local food to be served. In the UK, more than 82,000 patient meals are wasted daily, said Jackson, who’s with a group called Sustain. Its campaign for better hospital food began in 2012 and aims to get the UK government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in England’s hospitals. The worst offenders are microwaved meals, often in one dish. Ottawa Sun story.


We can’t eat subdivisions, quarries, highways or pipelines

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, has challenged the leaders of Ontario’s other parties to sign the Food and Water First Pledge. “We can’t eat subdivisions, quarries, highways, or pipelines,” says Schreiner. “Aggregates just aren’t very nutritious.” Schreiner, who grew up on a farm, was an early champion of the local food movement. He was the first political leader in Ontario to speak out against the Melancthon Mega Quarry. Northumberland View story.


BRANT AGRICULTURE: BCFA asks the candidates

The slow wet spring has proven a challenge to many area farmers making for a very hectic spring for thousands of Ontario farmers. In light of this, the Brant County Federation of Agriculture (BCFA) has chosen to change the format and nature of our all-candidates meeting this year. With the assistance of The Expositor we are presenting each of the candidates with three questions pertaining to agriculture within the riding. The candidates’ responses are printed below as part of the special annual feature on local agriculture. Brantford Expositor post.


A look at some agricultural party platforms

Many of the promises each of the four parties running in this June 12 provincial election have some key policies that are different from each other but they also overlap on some issues. National Post story.


Foodprints: a Path to Resilient Food Systems – web and video launch

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) and FoodShare are teaming up to bring you a night of mingling and making things happen as we launch a new video series highlighting local solutions to food-security challenges, both at home and abroad. Learn about ways people are reconnecting with their food and exchange ideas on how you can get involved in your community. FoodShare post




Documenting the Marsh Mucker’s Tale

The Holland Marsh is unique – not only because of its organic soils, but because of the co-operation and the partnerships that exist, said Jamie Reaume, Executive Director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association. Those partnerships – with King Township and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Conservation Authorities and the Federal government – made it possible to film “The Marsh Mucker’s Tale,” the first documentary to look at agriculture in the Holland Marsh, and the people who farm the area. On June 4, 2014 at 6 p.m., the story of the Holland Marsh and its farming community will premiere on CBC’s Documentary Channel – making it one of the very first features highlighting Ontario’s farming and food sector, from the perspective of a wide range of farmers. Bradford Times story.


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