Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network / Réseau agroalimentaire de l'Est ontarien

Upcoming Events

In-Person Meetings are Back!

The EOAN is pleased to re-launch in person meetings of members, food-business operators, and stakeholders to learn, network, and socialize. COVID and staffing resources blocked us in 2020 and 2021, but 2022 is different.

Each meeting consists of a farm or business tour and presentation, a discussion around a popular EOAN subject, food and drink, and networking and socializing. COVID safety precautions will apply. 

We thank the following members for hosting us recently:

  • La Cabane des gars, Fournier ON, for the tour of their maple syrup operation and hosting the Annual General Meeting of the EOAN, on March 24th.
  • Pitt Street Garden, Cornwall ON, Tuesday April 26th, where we learned about urban micro farming, marketing, and food distribution.

Our next meeting...

Join us at Cornerstone Organics, 16574 County Road 36, Long Sault ON, Tuesday May 24th, 5-7pm, to learn about aquaponic production, market gardening, and food distribution.

Jaime MacRae and Matthew Lalonde tell a great story.

"It all started ten years ago when our son was diagnosed with a unique syndrome and allergies to a number of different foods. We started sourcing local, healthy foods and quickly realized there was a demand in our area for locally-grown, organic food. We started growing for one small farmer’s market and 5 CSA shares."

Fast forward a few years and we are now doing up to 30 CSA shares. We deliver vegetables to CSA members once per week. The farm has expanded a lot. We now have three greenhouses and sell vegetable seedlings in the spring, produce all summer long, and harvest apples from our orchard in the fall. A few years ago, we started selling herbal teas grown on the farm."

This year we added garlic and 3 Bee hives to our operation. We also have a yurt on the farm where we have Yoga, Meditation and other workshops on a weekly and monthly basis. We decided to open this online store as a hub for local vendors – a group made up of almost entirely local farms. This approach allows us to deliver vegetables to our customers and offer amazing local products from all over SDG at the same time.

The following gatherings are scheduled for 2022:

  • Les Fruits du Poirier, St-Eugène ON, Saturday June 18th, 5-7pm, for a beautiful diversified berry and fruit farm, and the grand opening of the store on the farm.
  • Smirlholm Farms Honey, Morewood ON, Thursday July 28th, 5-7pm, for pollinators and the peak flower season.
  • Ferme Butte et Bine, Williamstown ON, Tuesday August 23rd, 5-7pm, for market gardening, commercial baking, and a bed & breakfast.
  • Fiat Farm, Russell ON, Tuesday Sept 20th, 5-7pm, for a beautiful mixed farm and a model of public education.
  • Good Food Garden, Vankleek Hill ON, Tuesday October 4th, 4-6pm, for an impressive market garden, lots of CSA production, innovative organic seed sales, and a Grow and Extra Row program for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank.

We continue to work on the meeting schedule for the winter season. Please offer your business as a rendez-vous for learning, sharing, and networking. 

Join us in the countryside for many other interesting events.

Fiat Farm in Russell, in collaboration with Pick, Plant & Prune, will be hosting their Spring Bazaar on Saturday, May 28th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Come check out local artisanal vendors, taste some delicious Fiat sausages prepared by Danger Smokehouse, and experience a variety of talent and fun on the Fiat stage!

A free will offering will be collected for admission. All proceeds will go toward Fiat Farm’s Nourish the Hungry initiative, in support of Cornerstone Housing for Women and Shepherds of Good Hope.

Stonehouse Vineyard in Alexandria invites you on June 12th to enjoy our 4th annual afternoon of local wine, food, art and music in our beautiful vineyard as we officially open for the season. It is an afternoon of tasting wine & food pairings, touring the vineyard, meeting local producers and enjoying local music. We are pleased to once again partner with A-Catered-Affair who will prepare the canapés using local ingredients from some of Glengarry's finest producers.

In addition to the wine & food offerings, events are taking place throughout the afternoon: producers displays and tastings (11am to 5pm); art display and sale featuring Crystal Beshara and Lesley McVicar (11am to 5pm); Vineyard tour (11:30 a.m.); Live music - (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) - performed by the Ceilidh Drovers.>

Paperboat Farms is a family run garlic farm established in 2017 by Evodie and Jonathan Smith. Its mission is to provide the community with the highest quality of fresh, local and organically grown garlic. The Farm to Table Garlic Palooza is on July 9 2022, starting at 5:30. Come to the farm and enjoy a garlic centric 7 courses meal right in the garlic field made with local meats, and vegetables. Each course will be paired with local wine, beer, and spirits. They are working on some amazing partnerships with local brewers and distilleries.

Springfield Farm is pleased to announce that Field & Feast will return this summer on Saturday, September 10th 2022 at 18709 County Road 25 in Apple Hill. Springfield Farm offers a unique culinary farming destination in the South Glengarry/SDG Region. By showcasing its century old barn buildings, picturesque family farm, Heritage Organic Market Garden produce, maple syrup, honey, visitors will come to anticipate and return to Springfield Farm knowing they are welcome and part of a community.

Live Entertainment at Stone Crop Acres Vineyard and Winery in Morrisburg. Enjoy a very exciting year of live entertainment working with Harmony Concerts, plus food and drink available at the winery. A different concert on most weekends. For information and tickets: https://www.stonecropacres.ca/calendar-of-events.

Visit our list of upcoming training events