Next week, June 1 to 7, 2015, marks the second annual local food week here in Ontario.
What’s local food week? Announced as part of the “Local Food Act” passed in 2013, the first week of June is a time to shine the light on all things locally grown for Ontario.
While this might bring up visions of farmers’ markets, chef’s plates littered with micro greens or tiny planter boxes of lettuce, Ontario’s thriving agricultural industry can take this opportunity to remind consumers that local food isn’t just fresh produce.
Ontario also boasts a thriving beef, pork and lamb sector, and let’s not forget that eggs, dairy products, chicken and turkey are raised in each province, Ontario included.
For local food week, farmers and consumers alike are encouraged not just to eat local, but also to share what their local looks like — grab a photo and share it on social media using the hashtag #loveONTfood, and tag @loveONTfood on Twitter and Instagram, too.
Ontario’s Farm and Food Care has also arranged tours, and will host a Twitter party on June 3 at 8pm ET, to celebrate #loveONTfood with farmers and foodies.
More information and a list of local food events can be found on the loveONTfood website, found here.