Celebrate Agriculture Week with Local Food
McGuinty Government Supporting Farmers, Growing Economy and Creating Jobs
What better way to celebrate farmers and their contribution to Ontario's economy than buying local food this Agriculture Week.
Today, Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, visited Lindley's Farm and Market in Ancaster to talk about some ways families can enjoy all the good things that grow in Ontario -- during Agriculture Week and all year round:
- Look for the Foodland Ontario label on fresh and processed foods.
- Shop at one of the more than 200 farmers' markets in Ontario.
- Enjoy a visit to a local farm market and meet the people who produce your food.
- Local fare is available at dining establishments across Ontario, so you can make local food part of every meal.
- Brighten up your table with Ontario potted plants and fresh cut flowers.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.
- Agriculture Week runs Oct. 1 to 7, 2012.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $100 million to support local, fresh Ontario food initiatives and to encourage local organizations and businesses to promote and carry Ontario food products.
- Agri-food is a major contributor to Ontario’s gross domestic product (GDP).
- Ontario farmers produce more than 200 agricultural commodities.
- The agri-food industry employs more than 700,000 people.
- Ontario’s agri-food exports are $9.9 billion and growing.
“During Agriculture Week, just before Thanksgiving is a great time to appreciate how much food production contributes to the high quality of life we enjoy in Ontario. I encourage everyone to support our agri-food industry and buy more of the good things that grow in Ontario.”