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  • Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Celebrates Farmers During Local Food Week

TORONTO — June 3-9, 2024 is Local Food Week in Ontario. The week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote Ontario farmers while also recognizing the important role of food processors, restaurants, retail, and others across the local food supply chain that contribute to the success of the province’s $48.8 billion agriculture and food industry.

“Ontario’s farmers work hard to produce more than 200 different commodities, and that’s truly something to celebrate,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This week, and every week, we recognize the contributions of the people who put food on our tables, strengthen Ontario’s economy, and build up rural communities.”

This year’s Local Food Report features some of the people behind the products and recognizes the incredible contribution farmers make to the province. The Local Food Report includes stories about:

  • A business that applies innovative solutions that allow us to enjoy fresh, Ontario-grown strawberries that taste like summer, throughout the year.

  • A teacher who designed an urban farming class that teaches students about agriculture and exposes them to careers in the agriculture and food industry.

  • The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association’s Fresh from the Farm program where students fundraise by selling local fruits and vegetables.

Ontario food businesses, commodity organizations and retailers support the province’s local food supply chain by putting Ontario-grown foods front and centre. The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards program recognizes and celebrates grocery stores that build creative and innovative displays promoting fresh, locally grown and in-season fruits and vegetables.

Minister Thompson presented the first award to the Foodland store in Markdale on June 1 and over the next few weeks, 59 other winning stores will be receiving their awards.

This week, and every week, the province encourages Ontarians to support local farmers and businesses by purchasing foods with the Foodland Ontario logo, or, where possible, buying directly from farmers either on-farm or at their local farmers’ market. Foodland Ontario has played an important role in helping consumers identify and purchase locally grown and made food for more than 45 years.

Quick Facts

  • Communities across Ontario depend on the 836,000 jobs created by the agriculture and food industry and benefit from the $48.8 billion in GDP contributed to the provincial economy.

  • Ontario celebrates Local Food Week annually, beginning the first Monday in June. Support local when you shop at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and on-farm markets, and while you’re ordering online and eating at restaurants.

  • Increasing consumption and production of local food is one of the goals of the Grow Ontario Strategy, and through Local Food Week the province recognizes hardworking food businesses, individuals and organizations who share that goal.

  • To know what fruits and vegetables grow in Ontario and when they are at the peak of freshness, visit Foodland Ontario’s availability guide and check out their recipes.

  • During Local Food Week, visit Facebook, LinkedIn or X to see more faces behind the food and get inspired by multigenerational farming families, learn how agri-tourism can boost a farm’s revenue and support more jobs in a community, and more.

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