Mar 04 2015
NOTE FROM THE GREENBELT FUND:
Final reminder to fill out our survey for the online distribution route map feasibility study!
Here at the Greenbelt Fund and Ontariofresh.ca, we continue to move forward with consultations around assessing the potential of offering an online tool to support the distribution of local food in Ontario. The tool will have a dual-purpose of improving local food distribution and increasing revenue for small-to-medium scale producers in Ontario.
Building on the solid foundation of the Ontariofresh.ca platform, we are interested in exploring how we can design a simple tool that would give Ontario’s producers the information and power to coordinate logistics from their farm to their buyers. The online space will be designed as a “Do It Yourself” or “DIY” logistics tool for producers and distributors. Producers and distributors would access an online community where information about route availability, distance and storage locations would be easily organized on an interactive real-time map and calendar.
We are looking for your thoughts on the model described above. Please take a look and comment on the various features we are proposing by completing a preliminary survey by EOD March 5th, 2015. We know this is a very short timeline, but your feedback is very valuable to us!
If you are not a buyer, seller or distributor, but your organization is supporting local food and agriculture in Ontario, please forward this survey on to your networks.
Communications and Program Manager
Greenbelt Fund, Ontariofresh.ca
Mar 02 2015
After the deep, deep freeze of winter 2014-2015, we expect people will be very excited to celebrate the first harbinger of spring: maple syrup time!
Festivals begin this weekend and run through mid-April.
- 13th Annual Maple Syrup Festival / Festival du Sirop d’erable, École Saint-Dominique Savio in Owen Sound – Saturday, March 7, 10am to 2pm
- Rotary Maple Magic, Oxenden, Georgian Bluffs (near Wiarton) – Two weekends, Saturdays and Sundays March 21 & 22; March 28 & 29, 9am to 1pm
- Maple Sugar Moon Festival at Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Rockford (south of Owen Sound) – Saturday, March 28, 11am – 4pm
- Walter’s Falls Maple Fest, Walter’s Falls and area – Sunday, March 29, 9am to 2:30pm
- Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival, Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area near Paisley – Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29, 10am to 4pm
- 5th Annual Kemble Maple Syrup Farm Tour, various locations in Georgian Bluffs – Saturday, April 11, 9am to 4pm
- 20th Annual Holstein Maplefest, Love’s Sugar Bush near Holstein – Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12, 9am to 3pm
Click through the links above for additional event details.
For detailed descriptions all on one page, visit Grey County Tourism.
Mar 02 2015
- Organic breakfast made with local products (crepes, eggs, ham, baked beans, blueberry sauce)
- Musicians – ARICO and Piyak Ootihi
- Horse-drawn wagon ride, Maple snow taffy, Snowshoeing, Vendors
- Activities from M’Wikwedong and the Metis Nation of Ontario, Ziisbaakdoke giizis – traditional Sugar Moon teachings
- Doors prizes (you must be present to win!)
Entry: 7$/adult, 5$/child or 20$/family
Location: Ecole Saint-Dominique-Savio, 800 23rd St. E., Owen Sound
See more about the Maple Syrup Festival 2015.
Feb 18 2015
Georgian Dining Room International Dinner Series 2015
Come experience true international cuisine! Dinner service starts at 6:30pm.
- March 5th- Japan
- March 11th- South America
- March 18th- Thailand
- March 25th- Indonesia
- April 1st- Turtle Island
$45.00 (taxes included) For Reservations: 519-376-0840 ext.2007 or Michael.Desborough@georgiancollege.ca
Journey to Japan – Menu
Vegetarian and Non-alcoholic options available. Please Inquire.
- Hand-rolled Sushi with Chilled Sake - Marinated Sweet Potato Roll, Avocado and Cucumber Roll, Salmon Nigiri Sushi Served with Sake
- White Miso Soup - Traditional Japanese Soup, Broth with Tofu, Scallions and Miso Paste!
- Traditional Yakitori and Sukiyaki - Marinated Chicken Skewers And Stir-fried Beef, Served with Vegetable Tempura and a soba noodle salad
- Castella and Ice cream - Honey-Drizzled Sponge Cake with Green Tea Ice cream and poached cherry Compote
Feb 13 2015
Are you a small-to medium-sized grower and/or packer of fruit and/or vegetables? Ensuring consumer safety is in everyone’s best interest. To maintain your products’ safety and a trusted business reputation, it is important to take steps to minimize or eliminate contamination risks.
To learn how to identify and manage potential food safety risks in your operation, plan to attend an upcoming Assessing and Managing Food Safety Risks in Produce Production and Packing workshop in your area.
This full-day workshop, held by OMAFRA, will provide essential information and effective tools to help growers and packers of fruits and vegetables identify and minimize food safety risks. Workshop dates and locations:
- Kemptville: Wednesday, February 25
- Colborne: Tuesday, March 3
- Aurora: Wednesday, March 11
- Elmira: Wednesday, March 25
- Waterford: Tuesday, March 31
The registration fee is $30, including GST. For more information on the workshops or to register, please call 1-877-424-1300.
Feb 13 2015
The fourth winter and seventh overall Grey County Chefs’ Forum local food trade show for chefs and buyers is planned for February 23, 2015 in Collingwood at the spectacular 65 Simcoe Street building. Doors are open for chefs from 5 pm to 7 pm. Admission is free.
Farmer vendors are members of the Grey County Chefs’ Forum non-profit organization and grow produce of all types from fruits and berries to vegetables while others raise animals and birds as diverse as heritage pork and birds to grass-fed beef.
Feb 06 2015
There is ample room for new vendors at the new Thornbury Farmers Market. If you are interested, please use and return the attached application.
Market manager Mike Reid says: Feel free to send in your applications and send this Thornbury FARMERS MARKET application & MOU 2015 far & wide, with a focus on primary producers. Our next task is to attract a healthy diversity of primary producers & continue to spread the word – if you are on facebook, the Thornbury Farmers Market now has a facebook page. We also have a market e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 03 2015
Presentations Skills workshop to be offered February 11 in Markdale
The Farm & Food Care Foundation recently published the newest edition of The Real Dirt on Farming, and with it comes The Real Dirt on Farming Speakers’ Bureau training sessions. A course will be held at the Grey County Agricultural Services Centre in Markdale, and space is still available. The course costs $20.00 to cover our meals expenses. A hot lunch and all workshop materials will be provided.
For farmers and agribusiness people alike, the Speakers’ Bureau series of workshops is designed to encourage those involved in agriculture to tell THEIR stories – what they do and why they do it – to non-farming audiences like school groups, service clubs, municipal councils and more. It’s a program set up to better equip those interested in engaging more urban audiences, and help them clear up misconceptions about Canadian agriculture.
The program sessions run from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on each scheduled day, and includes (but is not limited to) a review of Microsoft Power Point slides based on The Real Dirt on Farming; how to customize slides to include your story; speaking and presentation tips and techniques; how to answer the tough questions; and how to find speaking opportunities in your area. Participants will also be provided with copies of the latest Real Dirt on Farming booklet and other related resources.
Space is limited to the first 25 participants. The cost is $20 to participate (payable at the door) and includes lunch and all workshop materials.
Those interested in registering can email email@example.com, or call the office at (519)-986-3756. Registration deadline is Friday Feb 6th .
Feb 02 2015
The draft Bruce Grey Food Charter is now available for public comment. Developed by the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force with input from a variety of community stakeholders, the charter outlines the goals and objectives of the community and becomes a tool to affect change in promoting a healthy food system in Grey and Bruce Counties.
The draft Charter, and a survey offering an opportunity to for comment, are available on the Grey Bruce Health Unit website at Draft Bruce Grey Food Charter
Responses will be collected throughout February. Once feedback is received, the final version of the charter will be launched.
For more information, read the News Release – Draft Bruce Grey Food Charter Feb 2 2015.
Jan 21 2015
The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance is looking for a dynamic, energetic and passionate person to help spread the word about Feast ON – Ontario’s Foodservice Designation Program.
According to OCTA: We’re looking for someone adaptable; comfortable in a fast paced, ever changing environment and obsessed with all things local food. Our ideal candidate would be hilarious (we love a good pun!), have a beautiful instagram account (full of local food photos, obviously!), have strong writing skills (have you seen our awesome blog?) and plays well with others.
We’re a small team, but we work hard to get things done, and get them done well. If you’re interested, please send your resume along with a brief note about why you love Ontario to firstname.lastname@example.org.