Friday, September 05, 2014

Savour local foods at featured farmers' markets in cottage country

Celebrate Harvest Season With Good Things That Grow In Ontario

Ontario Farm Fresh Food
Fresh Crepes at Ontario Farmers' Markets
The best ways to enjoy fall harvest season is among friends and family over a meal made from Ontario ingredients.  Spotting Foodland Ontario's logo, while shopping at your neighbourhood grocery store or farmer's market north in resort destinations, is an easy way to find fresh local food. 

Many Ontario resorts specialise in culinary getaways with menus featuring Ontario recipes served with Ontario wines, ciders and beers.

Visit a local farm such as McLean Berry Farm in the Kawartha Lakes

Here are some other helpful ways for making locally grown goods a part of your summer months:

  • Look for delicious fresh fruits and vegetables available now.
  • Find some great barbecue tips using fresh local ingredients.
  • Meet the people who produce your food and discover the wide variety of local food products available, including world-class Ontario VQA wine. Visit a local farmer's market or find a local on-farm market.
  • Choose Ontario-brewed craft beer and cider to complement your next outdoor party
  • Sunflower Oil from Huronia
    Fresh Virgin Sunflower Oil from Simcoe County Farms
Supporting local food is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.





  • Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes more than $34 billion to the province’s GDP and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
  • There are over 200 farmers’ markets in Ontario some of which are featuring VQA wines from local wineries.
  • Ontario’s flower and vegetable greenhouse industry accounts for approximately $1.34 billion of revenue.
  • The province’s Local Food Act allows Ontario to work with sector partners to set targets and goals to increase awareness, access and sales of local food in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.
  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 million to support sales of Ontario foods.

More Tips For Fresh Ontario Food

Weekend Fairs & fall festivals in Ontario September 4,5 and 6

Food Fests, Harvest Fairs and Festivals North of Toronto 

Ontario Fall Fairs
First place award for pumpkins 

September 1 - October 31, 2014
The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months of Adventure and Exploration, Agriculture and Food weekend, History and Heritage weekend and Arts and Culture.  Book your hotel and resort accommodation in 
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Events at Summer Fairs
Fun themes highlight events..the sheep in wolf clothing

Agricultural summer and fall fairs  in Ontario resort destinations offer family fun. Entertainment and amusement park fun are for families during the vacation and holiday season. See complete list of summer fairs over the Labour Day Weekend.

More Fall Fairs

Owen Sound Fair September 4th, 5th & 6th, 2014!Featured Accommodation:  Walter’s Falls The Falls Inn or Georgian Bluffs Evergreen Forest Resort B&B

Worm Rodeo Country Fun Fair 
Sat. Sept 6, 2014

Where the Country Meets the City at  Highway 11 & Highway 93.  'Grace United Church' and 'Seniors Wish Barrie' are bringing families a day of Worm Rodeo fun on Sept. 7 at Chappell Farms.  A fun day with the kids, with games, talent contest, raffle draw, live auction, worm charming and more.
Stay overnight in Barrie and Horseshoe Valley area resorts, hotels and inns.

Arts and Studio Tours

Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival  
September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th
Highlands East is a treasure trove of scenic subject matter perfect for any kind of plein air artist. We hope you will enjoy your four days here being inspired, creating and getting to know other artists who love to depict the wild and natural world!