Newmarket-Aurora Celebrates 2021 Local Food WeekPublished on June 09, 2021
Newmarket and Aurora are marking Local Food Week, which runs from June 7 to June 13. Now in its ninth year, Local Food Week is annual celebration of all the fresh, nutritious and high-quality food that’s grown, produced and processed right here in Ontario. Throughout COVID-19, Ontarians have witnessed the incredible resilience of our farmers and food processors – our Frontline Food Heroes – who have worked tirelessly keeping food on store shelves and kitchen tables across the province.
Local Food Week is an opportunity to thank and recognize our farmers, agri-food businesses, food processing workers and all the agri-food heroes who work hard to keep food on store shelves stocked and kitchen tables.
Buying and supporting local food creates jobs and economic growth in communities across the province. Over 837,100 Ontarians are employed in this sector which contributes over $47.7 billion to the provincial GDP.
The government works to promote quality, nutritious local food that is grown, harvested or made in Ontario through the Foodland Ontario program. Look for the Foodland Ontario logo when shopping in-store or online to know that you’re supporting Ontario farmers and businesses.
Why is it so important to support local food?
- Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 837,100 jobs and contributes more than $47.7 billion in GDP to the provincial economy.
- When we invest in local food projects, we are helping strengthen our communities, create jobs and boost our economy.
- Buying local food supports economic growth by driving demand for locally-grown and harvested food to help keep Ontario’s agri-food sector strong.
- Eating local also helps reduce the environmental impact of transporting food and ensures access to healthy and fresh products.
This week, get some #LocalFoodWeek inspiration by checking out @FoodlandOnt’s availability calendar to see what nutritious, local food is in season to help guide your next Ontario made recipe. #LoveOntFood #OntAg From delicious cherries to tasty tomatoes and much more, there’s lots of quality Ontario grown food to choose from. To know what’s in season on your next grocery run, be sure to visit the @FoodlandOnt Availability Guide: