THUNDER BAY – With Ontario Agriculture Week underway and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a great time to buy delicious, locally-grown and harvested food and beverages for festive meals to enjoy with family and friends.
“The harvest season provides us with an abundance of local, fresh seasonal foods and beverages. During Ontario Agriculture Week and Thanksgiving, let us give thanks by supporting and celebrating not only Ontario’s bounty, but also those who grow, raise and harvest the delicious, local products that we enjoy,” states Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Celebrate the harvest this year with these quick tips:
Turkey Tips – Roast or barbecue a locally-raised turkey and make it the centrepiece of your meal. Add some extra flavour by seasoning your turkey with local garlic, thyme and oregano. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’smakesitsuper.ca.
Give Back – Help give all Ontario families the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal by donating food items, money or time to your local food bank, food program or another charitable organization.
Fall’s Bounty – Autumn in Ontario means a wide variety of fresh, local fruits and vegetables including apples, cranberries, potatoes and kale. It’s also when grapes are harvested to make Ontario wine. Check out what’s in season now.
Toast Local – Ontario is home to approximately 140 craft breweries, more than 200 wineries and 19 licenced cider producers. Raise a glass of local beer, wine or cider around the Thanksgiving dinner table.