Given the urgent need for change in the global food market, there has never been such a demand for locally grown, fresh, organic food. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to the food security. It not only stimulates the local economy, where money stays longer in the local circuit but also feeds the growing population for years to come.
“Buy Algoma, Buy Local“, is a branding and marketing program to promote local food and drink in the Algoma region. The program is coordinated by The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), enhancing the agri-food and food sectors in Algoma and northern Ontario. RAIN’s vision is to build a resilient farm and food sector in northern Ontario through innovative research and agriculture development projects.
It’s a member-based program that brings together the local farmers, producers, fishers, harvesters, farmers’ markets, food artisans, restaurants, cafes, caterers, retailers, wholesalers, and community, supporters. The program connects consumers to local food and drink, creating awareness of where you can:
- TASTE LOCAL: Taste local at restaurants, cafes, breweries, and wineries using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy seasonal dishes and drinks that are fresh, full of flavour and inspired by the fields, freshwater lakes, and forests in the region.
- SHOP LOCAL: Shop local at farm-gates, on-farm market, farmers’ markets, and retailers that sell locally grown and produced products. Find seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, farm-fresh eggs, pure maple syrup, artisanal products and more.
- EXPERIENCE LOCAL: Experience local at various events, tours, and tastings put on around the region. It creates a vibrant and rich food culture that is influenced by the region. Learn from the passionate people who are behind the products for an unforgettable local experience.
“One of the main goals of the updated website was to provide people in the Algoma region with the tools and resources to find and support our local food economy.”RAIN Manager David Thompson.
The program is partially funded in response to the pandemic through the Algoma Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which includes generous contributions from Green Shield Canada and public donations. Currently, the program have over 65 members, who are committed to producing, selling, or serving local food and drink from Algoma.
If you are interested in joining the Buy Algoma, Buy Local program, please fill out the application forms at buyalgoma.ca