Savour Summer With Local Foods
Celebrate Vacation Season With Good Things That Grow In Ontario
With memories of a long winter behind us, one of the best ways to enjoy summer among friends and family is with the many great things that grow in Ontario.
Spotting Foodland Ontario's logo, while shopping at your neighbourhood grocery store or farmer's market, is an easy way to find fresh local food. Here are some other helpful ways for making locally grown goods a part of your summer months:
- Look for delicious fresh fruits and vegetables available now.
- Find some great barbecue tips using fresh local ingredients.
- Complete your summer landscaping project with Ontario-grown nursery products and bring nature inside with Ontario potted plants and fresh cut flowers.
- Meet the people who produce your food and discover the wide variety of local food products available, including world-class Ontario VQA wine. Visit a local farmer's market or find a local on-farm market.
- Choose Ontario-brewed craft beer and cider to complement your next outdoor party.
- Don't forget local foods include a wide array of locally grown and processed meat, dairy, eggs, honey, as well as mushrooms, greenhouse produce and artisan food products, such as bread and cheese.
- Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes more than $34 billion to the province’s GDP and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
- There are over 200 farmers’ markets in Ontario some of which are featuring VQA wines from local wineries.
- Ontario’s flower and vegetable greenhouse industry accounts for approximately $1.34 billion of revenue.
- The province’s Local Food Act allows Ontario to work with sector partners to set targets and goals to increase awareness, access and sales of local food in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 million to support sales of Ontario foods.
“Ontario is fortunate to have a strong and diverse agriculture and food industry. I’m proud to serve as its new minister and I invite Ontarians to ask for, serve and enjoy local food and beverages this summer.”