Whether it’s a review of an awesome cheese making class, or a guide to getting your hands dirty and looking for chanterelles, these Ontario-based food bloggers know where it’s at. They write about their experiences with local food, and offer guides that get you to go out and do the same. We’ve included some familiar names, as well as up and coming bloggers that share the passion!
Toronto’s Forbes Wild Foods has made their mark on the local food scene, providing locavores with the chance to enjoy a variety of Canadian foraged items ranging from #1 Ontario pure honey to caribou lichen and chaga pieces. Their blog contains an encouraging beginner’s guide to foraging (claiming that “if you can tell the difference between cabbage and lettuce, you will be able to identify plants and mushrooms in the wild”) with emphasis on sustainable practices, as well as other guides for edibles such as paw paw and recaps on foraged events. Check it out if the wild edibles of the woods have been calling your name.
Based out of London, ON, Marlene Cornelis gives a glimpse of her “modern scratch living” lifestyle, writing about crafting and home projects, hospitality, and of course, cooking with local Ontario foods. Along with sharing her fun weekend getaways, Cornelis brings the cottage atmosphere into the city and posts delicious comforting recipes (some eye-catchers are the lentil and mushroom shepherds pie with celeriac mash and Thai-inspired chilled watermelon soup). If you’re interested in seeing where the magic happens, take a look at her beautiful urban cottage kitchen.
A pioneer in the Ontario food blogging scene, Niagara resident Laura Wright provides countless plant-based and gluten free recipes with a focus on sustainable, self-sufficient, and seasonal food. With a culinary and agricultural background, Wright creates amazing recipes (the spring veg pizza with caramelized onion cream and dirty chai pancakes + vanilla cranberry compote look unreal), while showcasing her often home-grown creations with stunning photographs. Her work has been featured in Epicurious, Martha Stewart Living Blog, and The Washington Post (just to name a couple).
Another well known Toronto name, Fresh City Farms is Canada’s largest commercial city farm located on 6 acres of land at Downsview Park. Catering to Torontonians and GTA dwellers, the farm provides fresh, organic, and ultra local produce through their CSA bags and markets, often partnering with other local-food driven Toronto business such as Stasis Preserves and ChocoSol. Their blog provides links to a variety of recipes (in case you’re already thinking of Halloween, check out 13 Horribly Healthy Halloween Treats) and business profiles (for organic and sustainable local meats, read Meet Your Maker: Seilern Farm). If you’re just starting to look into Toronto’s local food scene, this blog is definitely worth a visit.
Jumping back into gathering your own food, The Wilds of Ontario focuses on getting out into the wild and exploring all that Southern Ontario has to offer. Albert shares his stories about hunting wild turkeys, fishing for pike, and tapping maple syrup, giving this list a touch of “Man vs. Wild”, while also highlighting the province’s incredible biodiversity (see Amherst Island – A Beacon of Biodiversity). And don’t miss his awesome recipes – Wild Duck au Poivre or venison steak, anyone?
Bloggers in Niagara seem to know where the good food grows; Tiffany Mayer is the local food aficionado. Blogging about a huge range of food topics, from delicious recipes showcasing Niagara products (the lunch you need to make yourself: The April Listicle asks for Niagara Presents Billy’s African Hot Sauce!) to food security, this blog is sure to open your eyes to everything Niagara. Mayer also writes a column about Niagara food and farming in the Postmedia Niagara dailies that’s released every second Wednesday (see them here). And did I mention she wrote a book on Niagara food?
Journalist and business writer Sarah B. Hood’s blog gives a great insight to local food events in Southern Ontario, recipes, and farmers markets. If you didn’t get the chance to attend these events, Hood provides a insightful overview with pictures, like with the make your own ricotta cheese at home workshop or living food traditions in Brockville, ON. And of course, what’s a food blog without recipes – check out her easy mixed berry jam recipe and no-recipe raspberry-blueberry pie (for all you out there who don’t actually measure out the ingredients).
This anonymous blogger aims to hit 80% local food in her recipes, while growing her own organic fruits and veggies. In this easy to navigate website, creative recipes such as frog soup (disclaimer: no actual frogs here) and braised guinea fowl are sure to inspire you to go out to the farmers market. And if you’re interested in venturing outside of the Ontario food realm, the blogger gives links to other blogs that focus on local food abroad, like in Estonia, Missouri, and the Caribbean under “It’s Local Where They Are”.
Ending off with another familiar name, Not Far From the Tree (NFFTT) is a Toronto based fruit picking project that harvests from Torontoians with registered fruit-bearing trees and bushes, leaving 1/3 for the owner, sharing 1/3 among volunteers, and donating 1/3 to food banks. A great organization that gives back to the community, they also have a “Fresh News” page which has recipes, staff Q & A’s, and volunteer and hiring posts. Some highlights include ten things to do with rhubarb that aren�t strawberry rhubarb pie, cold streets, warm drinks, and the autumn garden.
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