Eating Locally in Ontario

Summertime is finally here! And warm weather isn’t all there is to look forward to. The summer months are also a great time to take advantage of all of delicious local produce Ontario has to offer!

Here are some quick tips on why, what, when and how to eat locally this summer!  

  1. Why Eat Local?

 

  • Local foods are fresher – The crops are picked at their peak of ripeness, versus being harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local retail store… so they taste better too!
  • Local foods are seasonal- this encourages food rotation in our diets to ensure we get as many different types of nutrients as possible! *Just a quick side note: In winter months, when most produce is not in season here in Ontario, frozen fruits and vegetables are best because they are picked and flash frozen at their peak freshness!
  • Local foods are better for the environment- food doesn’t have to travel as far to get on your plate, so it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help maintain farmland and green and/or open space in your community.
  • Local foods support your local economy – including supporting local farmers and other producers
  • Local foods can cost less- since it is much more expensive to ship out-of-season produce to a winter-bound location than it is to buy in season

 

  1. How do you know it’s local and where do you get it?

 

  • Look for the Foodland Ontario logo and always buy foods under the green logo. It’s a guarantee you’re buying Ontario.

 

  • Shop at a farmers’ market when you can. Meet the farmers and discover how personable shopping for local food can be!
  • Shop at a farm. There is a great website http://ontariofarmfresh.com/find-a-farm/ that lists all of the on-farm markets in Ontario. Find one near you, all while enjoying an out-of-the-city country experience to boot!

 

 

  1. What is in season and when?
Produce May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                 
Apples x x x x
Asparagus x x
Beans x x x x x
Beets x x x x x x
Blueberries x x x
Broccoli x x x x x
Cabbage x x x x x x x
Carrots x x x x x x
Cauliflower x x x x x x
Celery x x x x
Cherries x x
Corn x x x x
Cucumber x x x x x
Eggplant x x x
Garlic     x x x x    
Grapes x x x
Lettuce x x x x X
Nectarines x x
Onions x x x x
Peaches x x X
Pears x x x
Peas x x x x
Peppers x x x x
Plums x x x x
Potatoes x x x x x x
Radishes x x x x x x
Raspberries x x x
Rhubarb x x            
Squash x x x x x
Strawberries x x
Tomatoes x x x x

 ** Dates are approximate depending on location within the province and Mother Nature!

http://ontariofarmfresh.com/consumers/whats-in-season/

https://harvestontario.com/whatinseason

https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide

 

Written by Thalia Loumbardas

Health & Wellness Specialist

The Leslie Group Limited

 

Disclamer:  The information provided is intended solely for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice provided by a healthcare professional. You must never disregard professional medical advice, or delay seeking medical advice because you are accessing and using the information provided on this website. The information cannot be used for the purpose of diagnosing or treating any disease or health concern. You must always speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new approach to managing your health, including vitamins and minerals, exercise and other therapeutic modalities.

 

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