Shop Local in Eastern Ontario
Welcome to the Eastern Ontario Local Food Portal, your discovery of the wonderful flavours and the great farmers and food artisans in eastern Ontario. The Local Food Portal welcomes consumers, retailers, restaurants, and other wholesale markets to shop locally in Eastern Ontario.
Sign into the Portal now to discover and purchase local food. The Portal is welcoming new vendors over the coming weeks and months, so come back often. We invite vendors (farmers and original food and beverage producers) to join the portal to expand your business and serve your existing customers.
"Sample the East - Discovering Seasonal Routes" is a series of curated single and multi-day trips to attract local and distant visitors to our region. Each route is very localized with venues within a few minutes of each other. The routes highlight foods and beverages along with outdoor adventures, arts, restaurants, and accommodations to make each trop unique and memorable. Local and distant visitors will appreciate the suggestions that we have put forward to savour the local flavours, discover hidden gems, and connect with our people in eastern Ontario.
Shopping locally, especially for food and beverage does wonders. Discover the great food and beverages, the unique flavours, and the beautiful people behind it all.
Buying local food builds the local economy for mutual prosperity. It supports small scale family farms and food artisans. It grounds you in local identity and flavours. It creates bonds and relationships between producers and consumers.
This beautiful photo is courtesy of the Vankleek Hill Farmers Market.
According to CBC Ottawa, local growers say they're anticipating even more demand for their products this season, as the pandemic continues to influence people's buying and eating habits. (Photo courtesy of Leela Ramachandran and CBC Ottawa.)
Find your local farmer and food artisan on the food asset map for eastern Ontario. They are all open for direct sales to consumers. Some vendors sell at other retail locations and/or local farmers markets. Some vendors will deliver to your home. Some farms offer venues for special events.
Meet the farmers and food artisans at central location such as farmers' markets and other public markets. Some farmers' markets are open all year, and may other farmers' markets are opening in May and June for the summer season.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Markets.
- Ottawa (several markets throughout the city)
- Vankleek Hill
- Long Sault
Look for these dedicated local food counters at selected retail outlets in the region: