Foodland Ontario partners with the Dietitians of Canada, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and the Ministry of Education to support healthy food initiatives in schools, all while contributing to local food sales. Last year the Fresh from the Farm school fundraising program involved students from 665 schools, selling almost $1.7 million in local produce to Ontario families.

Farm to table tip: Visit local farms with your family or class and talk to them about the difference you make when you buy local.

In total, rural Ontario supports 1.2 million jobs and contributes approximately $106 billion to the provincial economy. Every time you buy local, you make a positive impact and support economic growth in Ontario. You also help build a strong sense of community by supporting Ontario’s farmers and businesses.

Farm to table tip: Ask for local food at restaurants and everywhere you buy food.

Ontario farmers take pride in being good stewards of the land, helping to preserve it for future generations. Buying local means your food comes from closer to home, meaning you can buy food at the peak of freshness. It also means it has less distance to travel, lowering  emissions that contribute to climate change.

Farm to table tip: Keep your environment fresh by serving freshness every day, with delicious recipes featuring local ingredients.

Adding nutritious Ontario foods to your diet, such as lean meats, eggs, fruits, and vegetables, has never been easier and can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Best of all, they taste great! Foodland Ontario has more than 1,400 partners using the Foodland Ontario logo, and the Foodland Ontario website has a host of resources to help you buy and eat local.

Farm to table tip: Look for the Foodland Ontario logo when shopping at your grocery store, farmers’ market, and on-farm market.