Local Food News — Ontario

Kanata couple angered by city order to change veggie garden

An Ottawa couple who maintain a small vegetable and herb garden next to the sidewalk in front of their home say they’re saddened and frustrated after a bylaw officer gave them until July 30 to remove the wooden structures around it. “It’s just not going to happen. When they come on July 30 I’ll sit on my garden and I won’t move,” said Will Needham, who tends the garden with Shannon Lough. CBC Mews Ottawa story.


Kanata couple reach compromise over veggie garden

An Ottawa couple who’d been told they’d have to remove the wooden structures around a small garden they’d planted next to the sidewalk in front of their home has reached a compromise with the city. Shannon Lough told CBC Ottawa Friday that she and her partner, Will Needham, will only have to remove the two feet (60 cm) of plants near the sidewalk. Lough said that the agreement struck with the city “feels like a little victory.” CBC Mews Ottawa story.


Local Food Week: A Visit To St-Albert Cheese Co-operative

This past June, I was invited to participate in Local Food Week by joining the great folks from Farm & Food Care Ontario on a day-long local road trip visiting, and learning about, local food producers in the Ottawa region. Our first stop on the Local Food Week Farm Tour was at the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative located south-east of Ottawa in the town of St. Albert, Ontario. Those from the Ottawa region will most certainly remember news of the devastating fire that demolished the original St-Albert Cheese Co-operative back in 2013. Determined to bring back one of Canada’s oldest cooperatives (dating back to 1894), and the only one to have survived in Eastern Ontario, the owners of the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative rebuilt their business from the ground up, constructing a new facility, with increased production capacity, in a beautiful, modern building. Canadian Blog House post.


How I learned to love community gardening

I’m currently overseeing The Stop’s New Canadians Go Greenbelt! grant, run by Peter Mitchell, one of the most active Greenbelt Champions the Foundation’s worked with. At the time I joined Peter on-site, his team had already completed the delivery of ethno-cultural crop seedlings: bok choy, napa cabbage, Chinese and Indian eggplants, Indian and Thai hot peppers, okra and bitter melon, to 14 community gardens across the GTA. These community gardens—often situated in ethnically-mixed, low-income neighbourhoods—are meant to help subsidize food costs and increase access to fresh, healthy vegetables for neighbourhood residents. Greenbelt Foundation post.


Pilot Project Could Turn Hydro Corridors Into Urban Farms

Some of Toronto’s hydro corridors could be yielding fruit and vegetable crops in time for next year’s harvest as a fresh pilot project plants roots. Plans for four market gardens–a cross between a farmer’s market and a community garden–are sprouting through a collaborative effort between the City and Toronto Urban Growers, a local urban-agriculture group. Torontoist story.


Growing new varieties of old Ontario fruit favourites to help meet local food demand

“We’re trying to fill gaps in the harvest window to make a continual harvest season and at the same time, see if there are tender fruit varieties that are better than those currently being grown, that have better taste or are hardier or more grower-friendly,” explains Michael Kauzlaric, Technology Scout and Grower Outreach at Vineland. To achieve this, the Tender Fruit Evaluation Committee was formed in 2011, bringing farmers, tree nurseries and retailers together with fruit breeders at Vineland and the University of Guelph to help provide guidance on which varieties to release to the marketplace. AgInnovation Ontario post.


Cask-Conditioned Beer At Evergreen Brick Works Sunday Farmers’ Market

Evergreen and Cask Days have teamed up to present a ten week cask beer & cider feature running every Sunday from July 12th – September 13th at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) The feature will showcase four beers served on cask from each brewery every week. It will be a unique addition to the farmers’ market community, exposing them to a new concept of beer, flavors and a network of local craft breweries. Together Cask Days and Evergreen will continue to strengthen the role of Evergreen Brick Works being a destination for cask beer and craft beer in Ontario. All revenue from this booth will go towards Evergreen Charity, delivering free accessible public programs at Evergreen Brick Works. Cask Days blog.


ClearWater Farm project to stimulate economy, bring jobs to Georgina

The eight-acre parcel is being rechristened as the ClearWater Farm and is being described by the OWC as a community-based social enterprise to stimulate jobs and the local economy, provide affordable learning opportunities, demonstrate water-wise techniques and celebrate “field to fork” culinary arts. “Water and food are 21st century frontiers that, together, can help Georgina become a pillar of the local food economy,” OWC chairperson Annabel Slaight said. York Region post.


Chefs Laura & Rene Dubois, The White Owl Bistro

Chefs Rene and Laura Dubois pride themselves on their French bistro cooking featuring local ethnic flavours. The became owners of the White Owl Bistro in 2006. Originally started as a small diner in 1934, the space was renovated to a fine dining restaurant in 2003 by the Sunset Inn. This was their first year serving turkeys and chickens at the restaurant that were raised on their home farm. Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.


Biodynamic Farm Tours for the 2015 Season

Mark these dates on your calendar for guided tours of biodynamic gardens and farms. Bring the whole family for a day in the country! July 26th, 9:30am – 12:00pm: Join Cory Eichman, BD Farmer and lecturer, at Saugeen River CSA, home of the School of Sacred Agriculture, for a tour of the market garden. Cory will talk about the individuality of his farm and how he uses BD methods to maintain the health of the soil. Website.




This map of food cravings across the United States will make you hungry

Ever wonder which foods Americans crave most across the country? Using menus, tips, and ratings from Foursquare, an algorithm determined which food and drinks are statistically more popular from one state to the next and mapped the results. Most are unsurprising: crab cakes in Maryland; maple syrup in Vermont; and chicken fried steak in Oklahoma. But who knew Missourians pine for toasted ravioli? Grist post.


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