Make Buying Local Food a Holiday Tradition
Put the Good Things that Grow in Ontario on Your Holiday Shopping List
As dinner plans come together for this season's festivities, the Ontario government is reminding families to support local food.
Looking for Foodland Ontario's logo while you're shopping is an easy way to spot fresh local food. This time of year, you can find the logo on mushrooms and root vegetables, and year-round on eggs, honey, meat and dairy products, and greenhouse lettuce and cucumbers -- all the ingredients you need for a delicious and nutritious holiday meal.
Here are some more tips for making local food a part of your holidays:
- Choose in-season produce for your holiday meals, such as Ontario-grown apples, beets, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, and squash.
- Check Foodland Ontario's website for holiday recipe ideas and for help finding local food near you.
- Serving wine with your meals? Choose from Ontario's world class red and white table and sparkling wines and its wide variety of icewines so you can make that perfect pairing.
- If you're not sure about your local food options, ask your grocer or butcher. If you're dining out, ask your server if there are any local menu options.
- Donate Ontario food products to a food bank in your community.
Supporting local food is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across Ontario.
- Ontario farmers produce more than 200 commodities, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, dairy, poultry, grains and oilseeds.
- Ontario’s agri-food industry is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,000 businesses, contributing approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supporting more than 740,000 jobs across the province.
- The Local Food Fund, announced in Ontario’s 2013 Budget, is part of a $30 million investment from the province to create jobs and support innovative local food projects over the next three years.
“Our province’s farmers and food processors produce an amazing variety of healthy, delicious foods that enrich holiday celebrations throughout the year. I encourage all Ontario families to choose local food this holiday season and year-round to celebrate and support all of the good things that grow in our province.”