If you are looking to feed yourself and your family with fresh, local foods the grocery store is obviously a good place to start.
However, these days it seems that the shelves in many neighbourhood markets are filled with meats and produce that have been imported great distances despite the fact that most of these products are available locally.
The following are three excellent resources for finding fresh, local foods that are at least as good (if not better) quality and likely more nutritious when compared to imported foods.
Ontariofresh.ca was created in response to the growing interest in local food in Ontario by wholesale and commercial buyers.
It provides a free marketing service, online community and product database created to expand the local Ontario food market for both buyers and sellers.
For individuals looking for locally grown or produced foods for themselves and their families, Ontariofresh.ca also offers a consumer page that allows users to search for producers and markets across Ontario.
For more information, visit: www.ontariofresh.ca.
Freshalicious.ca also features an Eat Local Resource Centre designed to help you find great local food producers and markets throughout Ontario and across Canada and the United States. This resource is FREE for all who sign-up to use it.
For more information, visit: www.freshalicious.ca/freshalicious-freeway
Eat Local Caledon is also an excellent source of information when sourcing local foods - with a focus on growers and producers based in and around the Town of Caledon.
An initiative of the Caledon Countryside Alliance, Eat Local Caledon staff also manage the Inglewood Farmers' Market and produce summer and winter directories of local producers.
For more information, visit: www.eatlocalcaledon.org.