Lanark Local Flavour
Finding local food just got easier. Lanark Local Flavour’s new website – www.lanarklocalflavour.ca - is a comprehensive, one-stop shopping guide complete with farmer profiles, locations of farmers’ markets and, a calendar of food-related events.
Eating locally is one way anyone can do their part to help lessen the impact of climate change, while at the same time supporting our local food economy.
Purchasing food grown locally not only helps to reduce greenhouse gases – associated with transportation, refrigeration and food processing—it also boosts farm incomes, supports the community and helps to ensure access for everyone to fresh, wholesome, sustainably-produced food
Lanark Local Flavour grew out of a series of informal Meet & Greets designed to build connections between farmers, local business, and business leaders. What emerged was a sense of frustration among buyers unable to find local-produced ingredients. For example, chef who is looking for green beans has to call several farms to find out who has what. The farmer meanwhile who is out in the field all morning calls back around lunch time, likely the worst possible time to try to reach a chef!
The website eliminates much of that frustration by allowing growers to post what they have available in what quantities and at what price and buyers to plan their purchases accordingly. A year and a half in the making, the website was designed and developed by ecoPerth volunteer, Sebastien Bacharach with support from Valley Heartland. After the initial launch in June, and based on feedback from users, Bacharach added several features to streamline the process, including email updates and simplified access to inventory lists of products available year-round, such as meat and eggs, and those that are available seasonally.
Consumers looking for locally-grown food will also find the website useful. Besides information on more than 40 area farms, anyone who visits the site will find links to Susie Osler’s Flavour of the Month articles, profiles of restaurants that use local ingredients, and farms that sell direct to consumers. There’s also a link to farms that offer memberships or shares for pickup or delivery of a box or basket of fresh produce all season long. (Community Supported Agriculture).