Local Farmers Markets are back in Ottawa!
Another new market opens on August 11th in the aid of supporting local farmers and bringing great quality food to the local residents.
Another boost to the slow food movement in Ottawa. The new market known as the Main Farmers Market will be open in the parking lot at St. Pauls University at 223 Main St in Ottawa East for 3 Saturdays starting August 11th.
Also each Sunday from 8am to 3pm the Ottawa Farmer’s Market takes place at Lansdowne Park from now until October 28th. Now in it’s second year this market is growing ever more popular as people realize the benefits to health, economy, environment and taste of buying local produce. More and more people are looking to get foods that were grown properly using healthful methods and grown with 100 miles of here. The 100 mile limit idea means that food doesn’t have to be shipped long distances and doesn’t need to be specially bred or have toxic perservatives added to make it to it’s destination. It can be eaten at it’s best!
It’s about time local farmers markets are again being made available to the public. Over the years in Ottawa we’ve seen less and less local foods available in the Byward market and while it’s still a great place to shop, there’s nothing like fresh picked local stuff to make the summer seem right!
SLOW Food Movement – In case you weren’t aware there is are many people around the world rebelling against the fast food concept and the extremely fast paces lifestyles that we are living and are now taking the reins in order to slow down life a little and enjoy it much more! There are many countries such as Italy where people have known such benefits for year.
You can find out more the Slow Food movement at their website at http://www.slowfood.com/
With 80,000 members so far, Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. The Slow Food Canada website is at http://www.slowfood.ca/
Ottawa Gatineau Slow Food Movement
Ottawa and Gatineau has their own Slow Food organization and their website with information and events can be found at http://www.slowfoodottawagatineau.org/.
From their website –
Slow Food is about FOOD
and People who are passionate about FOOD
Slow food is a growing, enthusiastic group of people who like to gather around the table to share delicious seasonal food, often grown in our own gardens or produced by local small-scale purveyors. We are trying to slow the fast life and fast food, and take the time to TASTE again.
We think about what we are eating, how it was grown, how far it had to travel to get to us, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Slow Food supports local farmers, restaurants, cooks, artisan bakers, cheese makers, wineries, and micro-breweries that support each other and us. We inspire each other and face challenges together.
Slow Food Ottawa strives to protect the regional cuisine and heritage foods of the Ottawa Valley. Since 2002 we have been organizing dinners, workshops, foraging excursions, farm tours, foodÃ‚Â and wine tastings, and visits to farmers markets.
We are constantly looking for better food options, and learning about sharing everything local.
Founded on a desire to share the freshest, ripest, most delicious local foods with friends and family, the chapter is dedicated to the core idea of having respect for the food on our table – and for the people who produce it.