Celebrate local food this winter in Halton

This past summer and fall we featured the tastiest local foods from across the Halton Region. With farmers’ markets and pick-your own farms, the freshest produce is never far during the warmer seasons. While there may be fewer options for local foods as we head into February, there are still farm stores, food events, and even a winter market where we can savour the best of Halton!

Terra’s Winter Market in Milton runs from January 14th to March 25th, 10:00am - 3:00pm every Saturday. You can get your fill of local Ontario goods inside this market at Terra Garden Centre in Milton. You’ll find vendors selling Ontario cheese, fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, smoked fish, and sweet treats including maple syrup, honey, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, butter tarts, kettle corn, ice cream, strudel, and gluten free baked goods. Not to mention the salad dressing, pasta, preserves, spices, local artisan products, and much more. I could go on, but you should probably check out their website and then go this Saturday to see for yourself - I’m bringing at least three of my reusable bags to fill with goodies on my next trip!

You can also visit an on-farm market in Halton this winter. Maplecairn Farm is open year round for beef and lamb custom orders as well as eggs. The farm is located at 8189 Guelph Line, Milton. Just call 905.854.1957, or email maplecairnfarm@hotmail.com for hours and to place your order. Remember to ask your local grocer for Ontario produce. It’s still available in the winter! Halton Region has created a great chart depicting the Seasonal Availability for Vegetables in the area. You can still eat a rainbow of colourful local foods in the middle of February - purple beets, orange carrots, green leeks, yellow squash, and white parsnips can brighten up your winter meals! Check out the chart for more local vegetables available in the winter.

After you’ve found a bounty of Ontario and Halton grown ingredients at the market, farms, and grocers, you can get some food preparation inspiration at both A Taste of Oakville and Taste of Burlington. The Oakville culinary event features prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a number of Downtown Oakville restaurants from January 25th to February 8th. From the warm and comforting flavours of Coriander Green (I’m always craving their Chana Masala!) to the unique delights at Piazza Bistro (Dill Pickle Soup anyone?), I’m drooling already. Once you have your fill in Downtown Oakville, head west to Burlington on February 20th for their big food fest, which goes until March 12th. On their website, you can find restaurant listings in the following categories: Children’s, Gluten Free, Supports Eat Local, Vegan, and Vegetarian. You can find a menu for every taste bud at both the Oakville and Burlington events.

As we enter the deepest part of winter, remember that each day has a little bit more daylight than the one before, and there will always be fresh, local foods and culinary events to keep your taste buds satisfied until the next berry season comes around!