June 11, 2012, Toronto — Ontario is looking to encourage more families to ask for and buy locally grown food.
Whether you grow, make, serve, sell or eat Ontario food, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs wants to hear your ideas on how Ontario can encourage more people to ask for – and enjoy – more locally grown food. Click here to have your say!
With summer in full swing, why not consider some of the ways to promote the good things that grow in Ontario, including:
• Visiting a local farm market; meet the people who produce your food.
• Discovering the variety of food products available at your local farmers' markets.
• Choosing Ontario wines and craft beer to complement your next meal.
• Brightening up your table with Ontario potted plants and fresh cut flowers.
• Any time of year, looking for delicious Ontario foods including meat, dairy, eggs, honey, apples, rhubarb, mushrooms, root vegetables, and greenhouse produce in stores.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.
• Food production in Ontario is a multi-billion dollar industry that drives the economy, supports jobs and puts local food on dinner plates.
• Toronto's St. Lawrence Market was recently rated number one in National Geographic's Top 10 food markets of the world.
• There are about 200 farmers' markets in Ontario. For every one person you see working at the market, another two are busy at work back on the farm.
• Ontario's flower and vegetable greenhouse industry continues to sustain a $3.9-billion total impact on the Ontario economy.
• Ontario greenhouses produce more than 75 varieties of cut flowers and 120 varieties of indoor potted plants.