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Buy Local - All Year Round (Posted On: Tuesday, January 15, 2008)

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It is true; we can’t get local fresh strawberries in January, that’s just the way our seasons are here in Canada.  However, Simcoe County Farm Fresh wants to remind all eaters/consumers that buying locally produced food still means all year round!

Simcoe County has a rich diversity of excellent quality food available close to our own backyards. Many local farmers are open and ready to meet all of your meat, poultry, eggs, honey, maple syrup, preserve needs and more, during the whole calendar year. 

Farmers can be contacted by phone or Internet, at farmers’ markets and country stores.  Next time you are at your favourite grocer, restaurant or using the services of a caterer; don’t be shy about asking if they source their food locally.  If they don’t, ask why not?

“Many folks think of buying local food in the late spring, summer or fall…which is of course when fresh fruit and vegetables are available and in abundant supply, but it doesn’t end there.” says Morris Gervais, President of Simcoe County Farm Fresh. “There is a wide range of foods people can access all year.”

Why buy local?  It is not only good for the local economy that supports our farmers and communities; it is the best choice for the environment, because farmland protects our natural resources such as water, soil and trees.  Buying locally grown and produced food reduces the urban sprawl and transportation costs to our environment.

Farm Fresh is taking memberships for 2008 now.  If you are a farmer, or local restaurant serving local food, contact Simcoe County Farm Fresh.

The Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association is a Non-Profit Corporation, comprising of area farms and businesses who offer locally grown and produced food.  Everything from farmers’ markets, farm gate sales, country stores and community shared agriculture, pick-your-own-farms and restaurants.  To find out how you can get in contact with local farmers, go to www.simcoecountyfarmfresh.ca or call 705 734-2075.

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