Category Archives: Halton Region

Working in Community Gardens

Halton Food Council has been active in many community gardens, running workshops with kids of all ages. Two of our staff members, Andrea and Helen, visited Kerr St. Mission as guest speakers to teach a workshop entitled “Life Lessons from the Garden” - all about caring for the garden and each other. Kids of all…

Why We Love Farmers’ Markets

By Megan Haley, 2018 HFC Summer Student Everyday is a great day to visit your local farmers’ market, pick up some fruits and vegetables, maybe even a butter tart.  But what are the benefits of these gatherings, and why do we love them so much? The sense of community created at farmers’ markets is one…

Savour 4 Local Fall Events

It may not feel like fall is in the air yet, but it certainly is in the calendar – and here are some fall food and fun events in the Region to add to your calendar! We’ve only listed a few highlights, so, as always, check the Halton Region’s Farms & Markets page for more…

Introducing New Halton Food Council Members

Over the course of the summer we have been delighted to welcome 7 new board members to the Halton Food Council team, which brings our total number of directors to 13. Our new members are from Burlington, Milton and Oakville and bring valuable expertise in non-profit governance, food security and access, community gardening, farming education…

Oakville welcomes two new community kitchens

This month’s Savour Local takes us a year into the future when a new community kitchen comes to Halton! Opening in Spring 2018, the kitchen will be located at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) in Oakville. The Town of Oakville was awarded a grant from the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to help fund…

First Fruit of the Season at Local Halton Farms

Last month I introduced you to Halton Region’s bountiful farmers’ markets -- have you been yet? They are open for the season! (Click here for my list of market locations and opening hours.) The markets are a great place to do your weekly shop and plan meals around the freshest local produce from a variety…

Welcome to the 2017 Farmers’ Market Season

Normally I'd be reporting to you directly from a market venue, but this year, I wanted to make sure you know where to get the best food Halton has to offer as soon as those markets open! So, as I eagerly await my first taste of fresh Ontario spring produce (asparagus, leafy greens, fresh herbs!!),…

HFC on the Farm!

Standing in their greenhouse, munching on garlic shoots and lemon balm leaves that were growing around us, David Beyers shared the story of Beyers & Jacks Organics with us – from their aim of always more sustainability, to their love/hate relationship with challenges. The brothers, David and Meiring, along with Joel Porter, their assistant farmer,…

Oakville’s Pilgrim Wood Public School joins the Great Big Crunch movement

Since 2008, over 1,000,000 crunchers have participated in the Great Big Crunch, “an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison. The symphony is loud, whether you munch on apples or carrots.” (FoodShare) On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2pm, there was a loud reverberation heard…

Celebrate March break with sweet local food adventures

March is a great month for some sweet local food adventures. It's the time of year where spring is in sight, sap is moving in our maple trees, and rich maple syrup is flowing straight into my belly! As far as I'm concerned, there are only two seasons in Halton: maple, and not maple. This…