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Food we grow locally is the healthiest choice on the shelf

Promoting farm fresh operations and encouraging everyone to eat Ontario-grown food is key to improving consumer awareness and support for agriculture and our local food sources.  Our support for farm-fresh opportunities is opening new doors for Ontario farmers

More and more we hear from governments and businesses that there is a need to open shelf space for locally sourced food. There is greater awareness today of the need to make socially and environmentally responsible food choices. Retailers are responding to the demand that they should offer products which are locally grown. Today’s consumers are aware that food brought in from other countries loose nutritional value. You and I know that importing food is environmentally irresponsible and does nothing to help our Ontario farmers.

The government is helping the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association establish, expand and enhance "farm fresh" sales.  Just last week, the Ontario government began the second installment of a total of $60,000 over three years to support farm fresh. The OFFMA was founded in 1973 as a non-profit, educational and promotional organization with more than 188 active members. Its general membership is made up of dedicated Ontario farmers with a keen interest in promoting the direct farm sales industry, which includes on-farm markets, agritourism and pick-your-own operations.

A recent survey by the association indicates that farm fresh operations in Ontario have a significant economic impact on local communities. The industry provides more than 10,000 seasonal and full-time jobs, generates $116 million in gross receipts and has seen more than $55 million in capital improvements in the last five years. Survey results also show that 97 per cent of consumers who visited Ontario farms were either satisfied or very satisfied with their experience.

We need to give our farmers the tools they need to educate Ontarians about the great variety and superior quality of food grown here. Local grows all around us. Lets bring it to the forefront, buy it, consume it fresh from the farm and tell everyone we know that Ontario grown is the best to eat!