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Local Food 101

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are labelled Organic and others Natural.  What is the difference between Grass Fed Beef and Corn Fed Beef?  Should you buy the Free Range Eggs or those from Free Run Hens?  Are there Nutritional advantages of one over the other?  And who makes the decisions concerning Certification and Labelling in Canada?  If you have asked any of these questions, then this section is for you! 

Based on some of the most commonly-asked questions about our food, Foodlink has compiled Local Food 101 to help you navigate through the confusion that surrounds food and agriculture terminology today. 

Choose topics to explore from the categories listed below.  This list will grow over time.  Should there be a term that's not here that you'd like to see covered, please let us know.  We'll do our homework to help get you the facts on your food!

Farmers' Market

A farmersí market is generally thought to be a public market at which farmers and other vendors sell products such as fresh produce, meat, cheeses, flowers and baked goods directly to consumers. Often crafts, clothing and other consumer goods accompany the food stalls. While no eligibility criteria exist in Ontario for vendor participation, the U.K. has created a certification system (FARMA) that requires all vendors to only sell locally grown and produced food.