Local Food News — Ontario

The Social Bar and Table Leading the Way with Buying Local

The Social Bar and Table in Port Hope is the first Northumberland restaurant to be designated with the Ontario Tourism Alliance Feast ON program. The Feast ON designation is awarded to applicants who purchase at least 25% of their food and beverages from Ontario producers, as well as a commitment to participating in local food events and partnering with local food and beverage providers. “The designation is a proud accomplishment for The Social”, says Manager Jeff Bray, who understands the importance of keeping it local. “The Social buys over 55% of our product from Ontario suppliers”, says Bray. NorthumberlandView.ca story.

MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS: LOCAL FOOD

Mr. Lou Rinaldi: It’s an honour for me to speak today about an outstanding restaurant in my riding of Northumberland-Quinte West. The Social Bar and Table in Port Hope has been designated by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance’s Feast ON program. This designation is awarded to applicants who purchase at least 25% of their food and beverages from Ontario producers. They must also commit to participate in local food events and partner with local food and beverage providers. The Social Bar and Table buys over 55% of their products from Ontario suppliers. I’m thrilled that they are one of five restaurants chosen to participate today at Queen’s Park at the 2014 Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food. The Social Bar and Table will be showcasing local products from Linwood Acres Trout Farm, Burnham Family Farm apples and North Gate Organics produce. Please take time to stop by the agri-food summit reception later on this afternoon downstairs, which focuses on Ontario’s finest producers and demonstrates how important it is to buy local and know where our products are coming from. The Social Bar and Table is located at 26 Ontario Street in Port Hope. Please stop by when you’re in the riding. And don’t forget: Good things grow in Ontario. Ontario Hansard (record of debates in the Ontario Legislature) November 27, 2014.

Renewed interest in old-fashioned skills

Home canning is undergoing a renaissance among a growing number of consumers who want to know what’s in the food they eat. Entries in the home crafts categories at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair exceeded 400, up from last year, said Peter Hohenadel, the fair’s director of agriculture and food. Recent additions to the 92-year-old fair include salsa, heritage pickles and jam plus two youth categories for those under age 18. Western Producer story.

Renfrew event joins local farmers with buyers of local food

A Renfrew-area farming forum has done more than connect farmers with buyers. It also gave farmers ideas on how to improve their farms. The Community Futures Development Corporation and the Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative held the Renfrew County Local Food & Farming Forum on Sept. 16, giving farmers a chance to meet representatives from daycares, schools, municipalities, hospitals, food markets and other food purchasers in an effort to help farmers sell their products locally. Beef and vegetable farmer Marshall Buchanan said there were some great leads for new markets for his food, but he also left the forum with a way to increase productivity. Farmers Forum story.

CK Table Tops In Ontario

A Chatham food tourism event has won a provincial award. CK Table was nominated for tourism event of the year by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association. The event beat out three other finalists and was announced the winner during last night’s awards banquet in Collingwood. Co-founder of CK Table Paul Spence describes the event as a dinner that features farmers, building dialogue around local food so that consumers and farmers can educate each other and create more conversation about getting local food into restaurants and grocery stores. BlackburnNews.com story.

Artisanal cheese, please

Promoting and encouraging innovative local food projects is one of the priorities assigned to Toronto Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts, the parliamentary assistant to the provincial agriculture minister. Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal says in his letter to Potts the parliamentary assistant’s specific responsibilities include promotion and encouraging innovative local food projects “that celebrate the rich diversity of food produced and made in Ontario” and working with ministers and partners to continue engaging with rural stakeholders to deliver effective programs, such as the Rural Economic Development program, and services to rural areas. Better Farming story.

Local food app now available

If you’re interested in eating healthier and adding more local food to your diet, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and partners in London and Kitchener-Waterloo has launched an iPhone app to help. Smart Appetite has been developed collaboratively by the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) at Western University, the London Training Centre, Brescia University College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Old East Village Business Improvement Area. “The goal of our app is to remove barriers to finding local and healthy foods, which will help drive the local food economy,” said Jason Gilliland, director of Heal and a professor in Western’s Faculty of Science. Londoner story. University of Western Ontario post.

 

Smart APPetite For Local Food Sources

The makers of a new app hope it will help you source local, healthy food in southwestern Ontario. Western University partnered with several London-area groups and a registered dietician to create Smart APPetite. Social Sciences Professor Jason Gilliland says it responds to a growing trend to work locally grown foods into their diets. Social Sciences Professor Jason Gilliland says the app went through a lot of testing before they took it live. Ontarians currently spent $18-billion a year on food from outside the province. Experts say if everyone shifted $10 of their weekly food budget toward local food, it would create 10,000 new jobs in Ontario. BlackburnNews.com story. The SmartAPPetite app is available for download at www.smartappetite.ca.

The gift of gleaners: Leftovers turned into millions of snacks, soup servings

There’s more slicing and dicing at the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners plant than an old Ginsu knife commercial. Volunteers are chopping apples and squash for dehydrated snacks for kids. But wait. There’s more. With all the dicing and dehydrating done on surplus vegetables since August, the Leamington-based charity is almost ready to start making soup mixes to combat hunger here and overseas. Windsor Star blog.

When will the entire Local Food Act will be proclaimed?

“We shamed you into finally proclaiming the section for increased access to local food through the tax credit for farmers who donate to community food programs, food banks, churches and other groups like that,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett told Ag Minister Jeff Leal this morning in the Ontario Legislature. “But you still haven’t proclaimed other parts of the bill. You speak of being open and transparent, but today you should be publishing your first annual report on local food in Ontario. Minister, today is your opportunity to be open and transparent. Why are you saying one thing and doing another?” Toby Barrett, MPP Haldimand-Norfolk post.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Watch growth in the Golden Horseshoe

A 40 second animation shows changes in urban development and protected areas in the Golden Horseshoe from 1945 to 2014. Greenbelt animation.

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