Local food producers wanted for new directory

A new Algoma local food initiative, the Algoma Marketing Alliance, is eager to hear from food producers in the Algoma district. With the importance of buying local food becoming an increasingly recognized issue in today’s environmentally-conscious world, the NORDIK Institute, Johnson Township Farmers’ Market (Desbarats), Algoma Farmers Market, and the Algoma Food Network have joined forces to meet the demand for locally produced wholesome foods through awareness, accessibility, and alliances.

The Algoma Marketing Alliance not only recognizes that buying direct from local producers helps to ensure that our food is fresh, nutritious, tasty and traceable, but that it also supports local businesses and benefits our local economy.

The initiative is producing a local food directory (farm-to-fork) and online database. It will enable people to find local farms producing food they are looking for as well as providing farmers with a means to communicate to their customers beyond the farm gate. Speaking about the initiative, Edith Orr, who is participating in the project said: “It is very exciting to participate in this local initiative that is designed to create a directory that will foster direct communication between the producers of Algoma and consumers.”

The information compiled will form the basis of a high quality regional food directory and will be backed up by a web-based database which will help promote the wealth of home grown food from the Algoma district.

David Thompson, project coordinator for the directory, said “If you are a producer in the Algoma district that offers fresh, home grown, farm-produced or home-made products, please get in touch with us and we will add you to our list. Your details will be stored on our database and may be actively promoted online and via the new local food producers directory, which will form the basis for the future promotion of the finest local food from Algoma.”

To have your information included in the local producers directory and online database, or to find out more about this initiative, please contact David Thompson at 705-949-2301 ext 4348 or email david.thompson@algomau.ca

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