Canada Day is coming up quickly and for many people it is a day to celebrate with friends & family & show how proud we are to be Canadians. This day reminds us as nutritionists to support Canadian business such as our local farmers! When we buy Canadian Products it helps support our economy. Hellemanns of all companies has opened our eyes to the shocking reality of how much food we import when we could very well grow it here in Canada.
To show your Canadian pride this summer, buy Canadian! Eat and Shop Local! There are many different ways you can eat local, starting with growing your produce in your own back yard. Buying food grown in your immediate community, region, province and country. Buying local also ensures that your food will be high in nutrients by cutting out some of the travel time. Foods that are imported from another country could be up to a week old (or older!) resulting in nutrient loss. When you are shopping at your “big box” grocery stores look at where the product has come from and buy Canadian whenever possible. If your local grocery store doesn’t have Canadian products, tell them you want it! Some grocery stores are proud to support local farmers and even tell you what farm it has come from. One grocery store that does this and that is near us is Vince’s. Another great way support and get involved is going out and picking your own fruit or vegetables! These little things can and will make a big difference! Show that you’re proud to be Canadian!! We are!!
Farms near the Aurora Newmarket Area:
MacWilliams Farms 905-836-9656
22645 Leslie St., East Gwillimbury, L0G 1RO
Organically-grown produce, Ontario maple syrup, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, honey, and much more. Harvest season corn maze. Open Mid-March to September, daily 10am to 6pm.
Spring View Farms Contact Anthony Saino 905- 852-2795 11680 Durham Road 1, RR2, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1R2
Vanhart Greenhouses 905-775-7412
950 Woodchoppers Lane, Kettleby, ON, L0G 1J0
An organic oasis in the Holland Landing valley. The family began farming in the early 1900s, and moved from Holland to the Holland Marsh in 1949. In the late 1970s the began growing lettuce, becoming one of the largest in the province. In the mid 1990s, developed organic growing techniques for greenhouses. Their produce is available at 6 farmers’ markets and even featured in local restaurants.