This year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic was filled with great music, delicious food vendors, a visit by Premier Wynne, and – at the heart of it all – the Ontario farmers we love!
Greenbelt’s Harvest Picnic is a celebration of Ontario’s bounty and the people who grow it. With over 115 vendors including food vendors, farmers, artists and merchandisers, the picnic was no short of fun – or food! Strolling through the farmers market, there was an impressive local farmers lineup, including 4 and 20 Blackbirds, Harmony Dairy, Plan B Organic Farm, Featherstone Farms, Thorpes Organic Produce, Hearts Content Organic Farm, Willow Creek Farm and many many more. They showcased their products to the fullest, leaving mouths watering from all the fresh Ontario produce available. OCTA loves the harvest season!
What’s a picnic without food? This year’s food vendors represented the cultural diversity of Ontario’s population, with cuisine ranging from Italian, Latin, Cajun, Chinese, Ethiopian, Jamaican, and Canadian, to name a few. I grabbed a scoop (or two) from Mapleton’s, mobile wood-fired oven pizza from Bread Heads, and an oh-so-cheesy sandwich from the Gorilla Cheese food truck. To satisfy your educational cravings, there were also interesting workshops being hosted throughout the day by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society on growing crops and floral arranging.
Moving from the farmer lineup to the music lineup, this year’s Harvest Picnic showcased the best of local and internationally renowned musical artists. Martha Wainright. Whitehorse.A�Emmylou Harris. And our own Canadian superstar legend, the one-and-only Gordon Lightfoot. Need we say more? There’s nothing better than a day filled with the farmer’s we love, the food we loveA�to eat, and the music we love to hear.
This year’s Harvest Picnic was located Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario, home to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Niagara Escarpment. Christie lake also boasts a 360 meter sand beach, trails, wildlife, forests, and fishing.
Ontario�s Greenbelt is more than 1.8 million acres of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds � all permanently protected by world-leading legislation. In return, the Greenbelt gives back much to Ontario, including $9.1 billion in economic benefits and $2.6 billion in ecosystem services annually. As a leader in supporting local food, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has provided numerous grants to help farmers in the Greenbelt be more successful; to enhance environmental protection; and to strengthen local economies. Overall, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, community horticulture, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.
The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic was music to our ears, and (local) food to our mouths, Support your Ontario farmers at next year’s festival!
About The Greenbelt
For fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features.