Join the Celebration of Ontario’s Local Food Champions

Published on June 26, 2019

Jeff Yurek MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London is inviting everyone to celebrate the local food that puts us on the map, keeps us healthy, and supports our economy. As part of that celebration, the Ontario government has launched a new initiative to show appreciation for those who are committed to ensuring more local food is available for everyone in their community.


The Local Food Champion program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses who have demonstrated leadership in putting local food on the tables of the people of Ontario.

“The Local Food Champion program is a celebration of our hardworking farmers, food processors and entrepreneurs who are committed to ensuring more local food is available for everyone in their community,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “When we buy local food, we are making a choice to support Ontario, our communities and our economy. I encourage everyone to support our agriculture sector by choosing local food and to enjoy all the amazing produce grown right here in Ontario.”


“I am proud that Elgin-Middlesex-London is home to an incredible group of farmers, food processors and entrepreneurs who work hard to showcase the products of our agricultural industry,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “By spotlighting our local food champions, we are recognizing how important their efforts are in championing our rural lifestyle and sharing it with the rest of the province.”

By recognizing our Local Food Champions, the Ontario government is demonstrating strong support of the province’s farmers and food processors, who produce more than 200 food and beverage products to feed our local communities and the world. Ontario’s food and beverage sector is an important part of our province as it employs one in eight Ontarians and contributes over $39 billion to the economy. Recognizing the great work of Local Food Champions connects more people with local food and opens more doors to opportunities to share in the bounty of food and beverages produced right here in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario celebrated local food and beverages during Local Food Week June 3-9 2019.
  • For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods.