Launched by the government of Ontario in 1977, Foodland Ontario has been connecting farmers, producers and retailers all over the province for 40 years. Their goal is to bring more Ontario grown and raised food from the farm straight to your plate. By buying local, you are helping boost the economy, create good jobs and strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector. This year it is already their 40th anniversary and this should be celebrated! “For 40 years, our government’s Foodland Ontario program has been building awareness and demand for local food. I encourage all Ontarians to join me in celebrating this important milestone by savouring the good things grown in Ontario. Buying local not only helps us build a strong agri-food sector but creates and maintains good jobs right here in Ontario.” said Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Minister Leal was at Longo’s grocery store last week to mark the anniversary and encourage customers to explore Ontario’s 200 diverse, locally-grown foods.