Local food's yours to choose
Foodlink Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization that links farmers and processors to consumers, wholesalers, restaurants, farmers' markets and retailers to create a more sustainable, localized food system.
You can begin to make a difference by getting the "facts on your food" and making sure you put more locally grown and produced food on your plate. Check out our section on Learn About Local Food.
Every day, at every meal, people can choose locally-produced food. That’s a lot of action! Find out what foods are in season and available in the Region of Waterloo and vicinity by clicking onto the Seasonal Availability Guide. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables as they become available in the summer and either freeze or preserve the excess for winter time consumption. Tailor your diet so that eating seasonally available foods becomes second nature. For instance, choose frozen blueberries and raspberries over bananas and oranges in winter and if you really need some vitamin C, choose an Ontario red, greenhouse pepper in March. Source out local apple cider instead of imported juices. Replace tropical cane sugar with honey or maple syrup. Locally grown wheat, oats, and dried beans are available throughout the year along with a wide variety of meats and cheeses. Eating locally becomes an adventure rather than a chore.
Get to know local growers at Farmers’ Markets, sign up with a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) that drops off fresh vegetables and fruit each week at your doorstep, ask local grocery stores and restaurants to carry local ingredients, and sample all kinds of locally-produced foods at Taste Local! Taste Fresh! every September.
If you are inclined to move beyond personal action to community involvement, Foodlink also welcomes individuals and groups interested in our work to contact us about volunteer opportunities on the Board of Directors, committees or events held throughout the year.