Innovative investments by the Greenbelt Fund are getting more local food onto the plates of Ontarians.

#GreenbeltFunded projects invest in Ontario food processors, entrepreneurs and farmers to increase local food availability province wide

Since 2010, the Greenbelt Fund has driven economic growth, connecting farmers with food processors and retailers, boosting local food sales and creating new jobs

Ontario farmers, agri-food businesses, food processors and local food organizations have been #GreenbeltFunded

Ontariofresh.ca is the province’s largest local food network, making new connections between buyers, sellers, processors, and service providers


Bruised fruit with spirit

Looking for the latest local Ontario beverage? A fruit orchard in Niagara plans to make fruit-based spirits from ugly fruit, or bruised fruit that would otherwise be thrown away or culled. By the end of this year or in early 2020, bottles of cherry, plum, pear, peach and nectarine spirits will soon be hitting LCBO shelves, offering consumers a fruity taste of summer in a glass.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Canada’s Largest Educational Foodservice Provider Launches Buy Local Program

Chartwells Canada’s new Buy Local Program supports community-based local farmers and vendors, connecting students to the people and places where their food is from

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 6 – Today, Chartwells launched their landmark Buy Local program, a coast-to-coast approach to offering quality-assured, fresh, locally-sourced food from community-based, local vendors. The program is available to approximately 650 Chartwells campuses and schools across Canada. Whether it’s a jar of honey or a basket of fresh blueberries, the Buy Local program will create direct connections between Chartwells’ chefs and local farmers and vendors.

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Local made easy in the city

It can be tough to source local and organic food direct from farmers when you live in the city. But Fresh City has found a way to help you do just that! They source most of their total food purchases from Ontario farmers and deliver organic produce, groceries, meal kits and made-from-scratch meals to Toronto residents daily.

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Good grains grow in Ontario

1874 Stone Milling is taking University of Guelph bakers back to their roots. Sourcing local, organic grains from area farmers, this small-scale flour mill partnered with the University of Guelph to supply flour for their new, on-campus Creelman Bakeshop.

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