CHESTERVILLE — Track your purchases of local food online at localfoodchallenge.ca to potentially win a prize at a grand finale event later this month.
The second annual Local Food Challenge kicked off across the region this past weekend and culminates with the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival, Aug. 28 in Cornwall.
Intended to raise awareness about local food options as well as businesses offering local food, this year’s edition of the Challenge had 65 consumer sign-ups as of the final kick-off day onSat., Aug. 13, according to Frankie Moss-Nafekh of All Things Food, the non-profit entity spearheading the Challenge. “We’re getting more every day,” she said during the Challenge’s official launch booth in Chesterville.
“You can sign up online anytime before Aug. 28 and start tracking purchases” to be eligible for a prize at the Garlic Festival, she said. Beyond that, the Challenge will continue to accept data from participants until Sept. 10.
Local food is any food produced in the five eastern counties of Prescott-Russell and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, with some accommodation for nearby communities like Kemptville, explained Moss-Nafekh. It might be procured from a local store, farmers’ market, restaurant, farm gate, special event or picked straight from one’s own garden. The resulting data will be used by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, she said.
Businesses and other groups are also encouraged to sign up as event partners — with about 40 of those so far. In that category is the returning Art, Wine and Foodfest, Sun., Aug. 21 at Smoke Ridge Vineyard. Cheryl Beasley of Chesterville Farmers’ Market was eagerly promoting that annual event at her market stall this past Saturday.
The second annual Local Food Challenge has kicked off with