Local Food News — Ontario

Farmer for a Day

Are you curious about what goes on before food reaches store shelves? Learn something new while giving back to your community with USC Canada’s Volunteer Farm Days. It’s simple – join a small group of volunteers at an organic farm near you, meet the farmer and roll up your sleeves. There’s no better way to learn about your food than working alongside the folks who grow it. Participation is free but you must: attend a 30 minute over-the-phone orientation before your volunteer session;  provide your own transportation, lunch and gardening gloves and be able to stay for the full time period indicated. USC Canada post.

Students sell Ontario vegetables and fruit: Unique fundraiser enters year two

Students from over 900 schools in 19 Ontario school boards are going door-to-door this month selling bundles of fresh Ontario root vegetables and fruit to raise money for their schools. The sales kick-off marks year two of the Fresh From the Farm pilot program. Last year, elementary and secondary schools raised over $53,000 and delivered more than 120,000 pounds of produce during the program’s inaugural year. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association news release.

Ontario Natural Food Co-op Rebuilding the Middle of Ontario’s Food System

The Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) is the host and incubator of the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network.  Randy Whitteker, General Manager, describes the important role the co-op is playing in creating a sustainable food system within Ontario, saying, “The question of sustainability goes beyond how the food is grown – which can be addressed by things like organic certification – and it also has a lot to do with how goods get to market. This has us evaluating how to decentralize delivery systems. Local Organic Food Co-ops Network post.

YMCA farm camp teaches campers to grow their own food

The junior farmers were participants of the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s first-ever farm camp – a week long farming intensive at the YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre. Cedar Glen, a 263 acre YMCA property located in the Oak Ridges Moraine, is the site of dozens of YMCA day and sleepway camps. Last year, with the help of farm-based organization Everdale, Ceder Glen set up its very own farm. And this first summer they invited campers to spend a week figuring out how it all works. Young Street Media story.

The Sustainable New Agricultural Products (SNAP) Program

In Northern Ontario, many agriculture and food producers or businesses have difficulty funding equipment purchases for value-added processing. The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products (SNAP) Program is a pilot for Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses and collaborations, which will provide up to $5,000 (per collaborator, to a maximum of $15,000) at 80% cost-share toward the purchase of processing equipment that would result in the creation of a food or agriculture product new to the business. The SNAP Program is administrated by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network in collaboration with Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative and the Northeast Community Network. Eat Local Sudbury post.

Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Community Greenhouse

Our new online farmers’ market is supplying fresh local foods to our community all year. Now we need help creating a space to attract & teach new farmers! This campaign started on May 24 and closed on July 23, 2014. $10,845CAD RAISED OF $10,000 GOAL 108%. Indiegogo Crowd funding campaign.

The Farm Planner

Registration for the 2014/2015 course is now open. Each full-day session will: * Take you one step closer to having a complete plan. * Feature guest farmers and experts sharing their experiences as well as providing you with advice and guidance. * Have sections of formal instruction, group discussion, time to work on your plan, and networking opportunities. * Help you build networks of both experienced farmers and peers. * Opportunities to have your plan reviewed and commented on by expert farmers. Everdale post. Detailed session descriptions.

McVean Farm Picnic, Sunday, September 14

At our annual McVean Farm picnic fundraiser, we have something for everyone – families, groups of friends, solo adventurers, keen cyclists, experienced and beginner farmers, gardeners, food lovers, market customers, and our supporters. Bring picnic blankets, sun hats, kites, and your appetites – and enjoy the farm. Funds raised this year go to the Greenhouse Project. Details. McVean Farm.

Fall Wellington Rural Romp, September 27

The Wellington Rural Romp is your chance to get up close to your food. Experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, eat, learn about food and experience agriculture’s bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing real taste and local food to you. Details.

The Rodeo’s Come To Town, September 27

Round up your friends for a rootin’ tootin’ good time on Saturday, September 27th at the inaugural Evergreen Urban Rodeo & BBQ fundraiser! Hold on to your hat as you take a ride on the mechanical bull, try your luck at some classic carnival games, do-si-do to live music and of course, Feast ON some seriously delicious, locally sourced southern-inspired BBQ prepared by Ontario’s top chefs. Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Strawberry Gin 375ml

A traditional dry gin infused with local strawberries and botanicals, then lightly sweetened. Excellent as an aperitif or in cocktails. The base for this spirit is our 100% Ontario Rye based Dry Gin 7 that is infused with local strawberries, botanicals and the smallest amount of turbinado sugar. There’s only 200 bottles. Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers post.

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes his fingernail into the wax: T-O-M. “We can’t sell that now,” the manager protests. To which Burford replies, in his soft Piedmont drawl: “That’s my point.” The Atlantic story.

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