Ontario Supports Farmers with Farmers’ Markets and On-Farm Sales in Elgin-Middlesex-LondonPublished on October 10, 2019
Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, congratulated Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman for announcing the Ontario government’s investments in the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario, two important organizations that connect farmers with consumers through direct sales experiences.
“I am incredibly proud that our government recognizes the value of agribusinesses as well as their important role in rural communities and economies,” said MPP Yurek. “Elgin-Middlesex-London is home to many great venues for purchasing local food and each one helps to keep us connected to our roots.”
“We are proud to support Ontario’s hardworking farmers who grow and sell local food directly to consumers,” said Minister Hardeman. “Whether you visit a farmers’ market, farm gate or on-farm market to purchase local food, you are supporting our local farmers and Ontario’s agri-food industry.”
Ontario is home to almost 46,900 farms that grow over 200 agricultural commodities. More than 7,000 farms engage in direct sales with consumers, which is higher than any other province. Foodland Ontario works in partnership with both Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers’ Markets Ontario to promote all the good things that are grown and made in Ontario.
“We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,” said Kristin Ego MacPhail, President of Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association. “This funding allows OFFMA to increase awareness and sales of local food at on-farm markets across the province.”
“Farmers’ Markets Ontario is proud to continue its partnership with OMAFRA and Foodland Ontario to increase public engagement and support for agriculture, local food and rural development,” said Catherine Clark, Executive Director of Farmers’ Markets Ontario.
The Ontario government supports Farmers’ Markets Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association because buying local supports our farmers, our economy and our environment.
- Ontario is celebrating Agriculture Week from October 7-13, 2019. Follow the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about this special week.
- Visit Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide to know what is seasonally available in Ontario.
- To learn more and find an on-farm market, farm-gate and pick-your-own farms, visit Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association.
- To learn more and find a local farmers’ market near you, visit Farmers’ Markets Ontario.
- Visit MyPick® for more information on Farmers’ Markets Ontario’s verified local farmer program.