Did you know you can buy from local food producers and retailers all year-round?While the winter months are traditionally a slow time at many local food operations, there are plenty of great food options available in Ontario. Taste Real invites everyone to ‘Eat Up Their February’ as part of a local food awareness campaign showcasing local food options and experiences in the winter months. From February 1 – 17, farms, restaurants and retail locations throughout Wellington County and Guelph will be offering specials, deals, local food menus and samples as part of the campaign. “We often have the perception that there is no local food available once fields are covered in snow. Fact is, there is no off-season for local food,” says Christina Mann, Taste Real Coordinator for the County of Wellington. “Wellington County farms and food businesses still offer a wide variety of products, including meat, dairy, eggs, preserves, honey, syrup and prepared foods.” Taste Real hopes to engage people around food and the campaign includes experiences such as special events, workshops and tastings, as well as food and brewery tours. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to explore the line-up of participating businesses on the Taste Real website and use a promo code to redeem for special offers, discounts and samples. As part of the campaign, many local Community Shared Agriculture farms are offering special incentives for anyone interested in signing up to their spring and summer farm share programme. “It is especially important to support our local farms and food businesses in this traditionally quiet time of year”, says Mann. “Sales can be slow and expenses high as farms are investing into seeds and equipment for the upcoming growing season.”
For more information on the Eat Up Your February campaign, please visit tastereal.ca or search for the #tastereal hashtag on Facebook or Twitter.