ONTARIO — That great corn you’re eating this August is grown locally.
Often picked in the morning and in your steaming pot for supper.
While a lot comes directly from the fields of area farmers, the vast majority is collected and shipped to north Toronto and Foodland Ontario’s centralized distribution depot, where trucks take it to grocery stores.
A bit is sold on the side of the road.
But many farmers’ markets pick it up in Toronto in the wee hours of the morning for sale at their markets.
Most of it, however, is in your grocer’s aisle.
And Ontarians have cast their votes for the best grocery store berry display in this year’s unscientific or democratic Consumers’ Choice Contest, says Foodland Ontario through the province.
The award goes to Longo’s #30 on Mount Pleasant in Brampton.
They won for building the most creative display of Ontario berries.
“Congratulations … for showcasing Ontario’s produce in such a delicious and inviting way,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“By participating in the Foodland Ontario Retailer Award display contests, you are helping shoppers choose locally grown produce. When we choose to buy local, we are supporting our farmers, our environment and our economy.”
There are several more contests for consumers to vote in throughout the summer and fall. By following Foodland Ontario on Instagram or Facebook, Ontarians can choose their favourite from the top three grocery store displays. The grocery store display that receives the most “likes” wins the contest.
The annual Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards are the produce industry’s premier competition for excellence in retail display and promotion in support of local Ontario foods. This year, for the first time ever, consumers can decide who created the best display.
Retailers enter seasonal display contests which run from mid-April to November. In 2018, over 4,250 entries were submitted with almost 6,000 photos of compelling displays featuring fresh Ontario produce.
For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods.
To know when all your local fruits and vegetables are in season, visit Foodland Ontario’sAvailability Guide.