According to a 2016 survey, 92% of Alberta households have bought local food from supermarkets and 80% have bought local food from farmers' markets. The number of Albertans spending more than $1,000 per year at farmers' markets has doubled since 2008.
To support the growth of Alberta's local food industry, we met with Albertans and local food industry stakeholders in early 2018 to gather input about new legislation that would highlight the importance of local food and increase consumer confidence. Similar legislation exists in other provinces.
In this week we are going to do multiple food tours getting more people to taste the difference between normal imported produce and that of what is grown here at home in Alberta . We are hiring a chef just to prepare some food for you to taste, all the food he will be serving will be sourced right off our farm. We do have a commercial processing room on site that is licensed by Alberta health services.
Alberta Food Week allows us to be able to show and treat the public to a true farm experience that is thrilling with activities and local food. Being able to walk down the pathway in our tomatoes forest that tomatoes is 12 feet high, picking and seeing exactly how this high quality produce is grown. Being able to see fish up close touch them and interact by feeding them is an experience not many get to do.
Our next vendor highlight from our local food week winner is Sundog Organic Farm. Sundog grows exceptional veggies in the heart of Sturgeon County, AB. 14 acres, 3 boys, 1 dog, 2 dedicated farmers They also offer a customizable farm box! As always thank you for supporting local! #ablocalfood
The reason we participating in this event is that our farm is at the point where we are ready to open our doors to the public. It has been a long journey for us to get to this point. We started our farm 11 years ago with the dream to someday to have a Farm Store and have people come to us rather than always having to do the farmers markets and having local businesses sell our products.
Our winning local food week pizza was made using flour from Gold Forest Grains. They are a small, family operated grain farm near Morinville. They have our own flour mill and produce, mill and sell their own flour products around Edmonton. Their flour is freshly milled daily and they grow heritage varieties of Certified Organic grains. In Edmonton they are at Prairie Mill Bread Co., Dauphine Bakery & Bistro, Old Strathcona Farmers Market, Wild Earth Foods, Earths General Store & Baker Bill (at market). Their flax is also pressed by Mighty Trio Organics into wonderful Flax Oil. Thanks for supporting this great local business!!
Alberta Local Food Week gives you a chance to meet local farmers and entrepreneurs who work to put nutritious food on our plates, and to show support for all things grown, made and harvested in Alberta.
Alberta Local Food Week will occur each year during the third week of August. Local Food Week ties into Alberta Open Farm Days, giving Albertans a chance to visit local farms and experience where their food comes from.
Soon farmers markets and roadside stands will be open and offering early spring crops such as rhubarb and asparagus. Also, growers who have greenhouses or hoop houses can offer greens early in the growing season. After what seemed like a long, cold winter season the chance to have locally grown food available to add to meals is irresistible.
As the growing season starts and gets into full swing, you should think about how you can add more locally grown foods to your menus. By doing so you are supporting the many benefits of locally grown food.
Beau Mitall named Alberta's Pizza after his mother. While he says family businesses are "born out of necessity," his daughter, Nandi, has embraced her role in helping to run this Pittsburgh food truck, right down to "liv(ing) with the ingredients."
Their commitment to buying local ingredients brings them to Bridgeville's Original Farmers Market, where Nandi finds fresh eggs, tomatoes and cucumbers sold straight from the producers. It's a commitment to the community that Beau says is part of the philosophy of Italian food.
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Our experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. We're loving everything (especially the carrots that taste like carrots), but today my husband baked the spring rolls for me, and no food should be legally allowed to taste that good!
Thank you for your good service and amazing product line. I plan to continue to order from you. I have found that I definitely prefer this to going into grocery store. An important reason for me to shop with your company is that the produce is local. I believe now more than ever we must support local.
Just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with our first order recently. All excellent, high quality products, all packed with care. We have tried a number of other online, local providers, and this is our favourite so far. Well done! And thank you.
All winter you can buy fresh & local. Advancements in greenhouse technology and store techniques mean you can buy local 365 days per year. Winter means we shift our eating patterns to include local squash, local trio lettuce, Greek salad with local tomatoes, cucumbers and Rock Ridge Dairy goat cheese.
"Excellent service provided, highly recommend. We will be using Uproot going forward and so will our friends here in Fort McMurray. Great selection of delicious food to choose from. Thanks again Uproot!"
"I highly recommend Uproot Food Collective! I have ordered food for delivery AND shopped at their storefront. Excellent service on both counts! And better yet, they carry amazing Alberta-made products. Thank you for this collective. I may never have found some of my (now) favourite foods!"
"It was such a delight to order food from Uproot. I really appreciated how fast they were able to get my order together and delivered to me. The food was delicious and I really liked everything I got. I will definitely be ordering from Uproot again!"
We are food companies. Not companies who make food. Passionate food producers deserve to be connected with people who want their products. By joining forces local food companies can make it easier for customers to get the food they want, when and where they want it. That's why Uproot Food Collective exists.
There are several factors that influence the nutritive value of produce including crop variety, how it's grown, ripeness at harvest, storage, processing and packaging. Its vitamin and mineral content depends on the practices of people all along the line, from the seed to the table, whether or not produce is local or transported from a distance.
The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a 5-year, $60 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. It was created as part of the Government of Canada's Food Policy for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF is aimed at community-based, not-for-profit organizations with a mission to reduce food insecurity by establishing and strengthening their local food system.
The fourth intake of LFIF took place from June 1, 2022 to July 22, 2022 and will focus on projects that either create a portion of (or expand) a food system or implement an entire food system. Projects must be infrastructure specific and be community-driven, dedicated to improving access to healthy, nutritious and local foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity.
The third intake of LFIF took place from July 12, 2021 to September 3, 2021 and mobilized an additional $10 million announced in Budget 2021, to provide rapid-response grants to help prevent hunger through investments in infrastructure needs. The impact must have been targeted and immediate, and must have been directly related to addressing food insecurities and increasing the accessibility of healthy, nutritious and ideally local foods within their community(ies).
The second intake of LFIF took place from June 9, 2020 to February 12, 2021, and along with simpler infrastructure requests noted above, included more complex, multi-year projects that strengthen local food systems.
The initial intake of LFIF took place from August 15, 2019 to November 8, 2019, and was aimed at small community-based organizations to allow them to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.
The only reason to import food is that it delivers more value for money. Forcing people to spend more for food only delivers more poverty and overall job destruction, as consumers have less money available to spend on other things. In addition, local agriculture creates few highly skilled and competitive jobs.
Transportation of foodstuffs represents but a tiny fraction of the environmental impact of food production (from planting seeds to drying crops; from grazing livestock to processing meat). Producing food in the most suitable locations and delivering it over long distances, especially when using highly energy-efficient container ships, is much greener than growing vegetables or making dairy products near final consumers when these operations require energy-guzzling heated greenhouses instead of natural heat, massive amounts of irrigation water rather than abundant rainfall, and large volumes of animal feed to make up for less-productive pasture.
Importing perishable food from different latitudes at different times of the year also harms the environment less than keeping local products in cold storage for several months (e.g., using higher than normal CO2 concentrations; controlled temperature; higher losses to spoilage).
Putting all of our food security eggs into one geographical basket, however, has always been a recipe for disaster because of unavoidable destructive natural events (e.g., droughts, floods) and diseases and pests that affect a wide range of crops and livestock. Widespread malnutrition and famine were only defeated by the development of cost-efficient long-distance transportation (e.g., railroad, steamship, container shipping) that allowed surplus food production from regions with good harvests to be shipped economically to those in need. 59ce067264