BUY LOCAL: Produce plenty this time of year

The harvest is in and with the recent E. Coli scare and closure of XL Foods cattle processing plant in Brooks,

Ron Elmer (r) purchases half of a large butternut squash from Joe Schulte (l) at the Clearwater Farmers’ Market on Saturday Sept. 22nd.

Ron Elmer (r) purchases half of a large butternut squash from Joe Schulte (l) at the Clearwater Farmers’ Market on Saturday Sept. 22nd.

The harvest is in and with the recent E. Coli scare and closure of XL Foods cattle processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, there has never been a better time to buy local.

Not sure how to buy more locally grown food? The North Thompson Food Action Network is here to help. With funding from Interior Health, we have created a website that is an information hub for everything to do with local food in the North Thompson Valley.

You can check out the website at www.bcfoodactionnetwork.com. On the left hand side, there are directories that list many of our local food producers, processors, retailers, farmer’s markets, and more.

A map of food-related businesses in the North Thompson Valley with more detailed descriptions, photos, and lists of food produced is also under construction and can be accessed from the main menu buttons.  There is a wealth of information from growing your own food in a backyard garden to recipes to how to eat locally.

When you purchase locally produced and processed food, you know where your food is coming from. You know where your food was raised and how it has been processed. If you have any questions, you can ask your local farmer, baker, or butcher.  The North Thompson Food Action Network website helps put you in touch with those local producers and processors.

If you would like your food-related business added to the website, please email the North Thompson Food Action Network at ntfoodaction@gmail.com. We welcome any feedback visitors might have as well.

We hope you enjoy checking out this great local resource and happy local eating to you.

Our local farmer’s markets are open to the last week of October.  Savour the bountiful harvest while you can.  The Barriere market takes place at Sam’s Pizza, 4307 Yellowhead South Hwy 5 on Thursday’s from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Clearwater market is located on grounds of Interior Whitewater Expedition, 73 West Old North Thompson Highway on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.