Ontario Farmland Trust, Farm tour and Annual General Meeting, June 27
Take a tour of the farm we are working together to protect and learn about the site’s ecology and farming activities Enjoy afternoon tea and fresh strawberries. Ontario Farmland Trust post.
Every Week A Local Food Week
Meet Kelly Deline: Along with other family members she owns a pickle grading station. They bring in cucumbers in season, grade them and ship them off to other places, like the United States to be made into pickles. At one time those pickles were pickled in Ontario, but that’s another story. Today Deline and her relatives have their own line of pickles, and as she explains the situation, it just sort of happened. Blackburn AgriMedia story.
Toronto Food Strategy: 2015 Update
In comparison to even 100 years ago, our food system is remarkable. Virtually any fruit, vegetable, grain, meat, fish is available on Toronto’s supermarket shelves twelve months of the year. The Internet makes nutrition information easier to access than ever before. But there are many signs that our food system is not meeting the needs of many Torontonians. Report.
New Ontario cheese production facility in the works
Vaughan-based Quality Cheese Inc. has received a grant of $1.2 million to help it buy leading edge cheese making equipment, the Ontario government says in a June 3 news release. The funding will help the company improve competitiveness and meet increasing consumer demand for its specialty cheeses and convenience products. The project will enable the company to retain 22 full-time and temporary jobs and create an additional 70 jobs, the release says. Better Farming story.
Tracing the origins of Ontario’s best steaks
The province gave nearly $950,000 at the beginning of this month to family-owned meat processor VG Meats and quality food retailer Longos, to work together to further develop Ontario’s beef market. The announcement, made during Local Food Week, served as yet another reminder that this province values the homegrown products that consumers want and can easily understand. VG Meats believes quality and traceability are intrinsically linked. So does Oakville-based Value Chain Management International. Guelph Mercury story.
Canada’s Strawberry Capitol: Eat, drink and buy local
Norfolk County is Canada’s leading grower of strawberries, and this small community on Lake Erie is asking you to eat, drink and buy local. About 35 farmers grow 500 acres of strawberries in Norfolk County. From Strawberry Lager to Strawberry Fest, the people of Norfolk County celebrate this sweet fruit in a variety of ways. Farms hold open house events. Wineries serve strawberry sangria tastings. Restaurants include fresh strawberries on their menus. People can also pick their own strawberries and enjoy them with ice cream. Canada News Wire story.
Chef Kevin Durkee Cheesewerks
“We designed the restaurant to be focused on the best products. Being Canada’s only restaurant dedicated to cheese, we’re 100% cheesy. We make sure everything is quality and locally sourced. We try to maintain a mix of incredible food and good fun!” Website.
Pan Am athletes fuel up on local food
When hungry baseball teams competing in this summer’s Pan Am Games break for lunch at the ballpark, they’ll be eating potatoes grown in a tiny hamlet in Norfolk County, corn plucked from fields near Lake Simcoe and wild fish pulled from the waters of Lake Erie. Much of the food served to athletes and officials at the international event — whether at sports venues or the athletes’ village — will come from the very province or country hosting the Games, say the companies tasked with fuelling thousands of elite competitors and their entourage. Inside Brockville story.
Grocer does the shopping for busy consumers with ‘click-and-collect’ service
In a bid to better serve time-starved consumers, Loblaw Cos. is bringing a new service to its Ottawa area stores that allows people to buy groceries online and then schedule a pickup time at a store that suits them. The click-and-collect service has been operating for a year in Toronto suburbs and has proven massively popular, the grocery chain says. Ottawa is the second market to get the service, starting Friday with the Loblaws Barrhaven store at Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road. Ottawa Citizen story.
Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt
The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt. The report surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies. Greenbelt Foundation post.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Living Architecture Tour
Toronto abounds with green roofs and walls, but most people aren’t aware since living infrastructure is often hidden atop buildings or behind closed doors. This tour reveals our city’s vegetative roofs and walls. Living architecture offers a cornucopia of benefits, which you can experience by looking, smelling, touching and listening. #LivingArchTOur helps Torontonians and visitors to our wonderful city experience these benefits for themselves. Website. Map.