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Did you know? Ontario produces many delicious and nutritious foods! Find out what foods are produced in Ontario, how to spot local foods and how buying local is budget-friendly.
Foodland Ontario has a list of Ontario food definitions to help you understand exactly what it means to buy Ontario foods.
You can buy local food produced in Ontario when shopping at your grocery store, farmers' market, and “on-farm” markets where farmers sell their local foods on site. Remember to look for roadside stands during the summer months as well.
Look for the Foodland Ontario logo to know if a food was produced in Ontario. If it’s not clearly labelled, ask your grocery store manager.
This helpful availability guide lists all the vegetables and fruit produced in Ontario and shows what months of the year they are in season. Some are available seasonally like rhubarb, but many like sweet potato are available all year long.
When local food is out of season, you can still support Canadian farmers by buying frozen or canned varieties that have “Product of Canada” on the package.
No. Local food may or may not be organic.
Local food refers to where the food was produced. Organic refers to how the food was produced.
Local food, conventional or organic can be tasiter because it is fresh. Unique plant varieties, such as heirloom vegetables, can have an impact on taste as well.
Yes. Foods like eggs, milk, cabbage, carrots, apples and beans are always a great buy and very nutritious. Here are a few more tips to save:
There are many benefits to buying local food. Food produced close to home is fresh, tasty and well priced. Buying local food supports farmers, which helps to preserve farmland and ensures we have a supply of high quality, nutritious food.
Food Handler's Storage Guide
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Nutrition Guide to Local Food, Foodland Ontario
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