The first week of June marks the second annual Local Food Week and here at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we're in full celebration mode.
Created under the Local Food Act of 2013, Local Food Week is part of an overarching strategy to grow the province’s economy by making more delicious, fresh local food available to all Ontarians in markets, schools, hospitals, long-term care homes, grocery stores, and restaurants.
As champions of the almost 2 million acres of protected countryside that make up Ontario's Greenbelt, we're excited to be part of the Week's festivities.
Throughout the week, we're going to be talking about, thanking, and celebrating the many growers, producers, and local food sellers that make Ontario's Greenbelt great. We'll be sharing our favourite Greenbelt farmers' markets, we'll be participating in the June 3 #LoveOntFood Twitter party, and we'll be keeping you in the loop about the many Local Food Weeks events and going-ons throughout the province.
Whether you're actively involved in the sector or just want to learn more about the food you're eating and its journey from the farm to your plate, we'd love you to be part of the celebrations.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Check out our favourite farmers' markets in Niagara, Durham, and York
- Head over to the Kitchener Market on Saturday June 6th for a canning lesson from specialist Emerie Brine
- Spend Saturday at the Village Market at the Toronto Waldorf school for a full day of events including a talk by Garry Tibbo on "The One-Mile Diet", a local food preparation demo with chef Doris Fin and a "Learn Where Your Food Grows" contest
To learn more about agriculture in the Greenbelt check out our latest agricultural study. Agriculture by the Numbers: Understanding the Greenbelt’s Unique Advantages captures the changes in agriculture from 2001 to 2011 and highlights the natural and locational advantages of farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
To follow the conversation with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation visit our Facebook page or follow our Twitter Handle @greenbeltca. And be sure to tag any of your relevant posts with the hashtag #loveONTfood.
For more information on Local Food Week and Ontario-wide events visit loveontfood.ca.