BRACEBRIDGE, ON – As Part of Agriculture week, Norm Miller, MPP of Parry Sound-Muskoka recognized management and staff of Food Basics in Bracebridge for their outstanding commitment to Ontario’s local food industry and presented them with a Silver level Foodland Ontario Retailer Award.
Ontario Agriculture Week is celebrated during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to thank the farmers who produce the food we eat.
“It is an honor to recognize the outstanding creativity and commitment to Ontario’s local food industry that Food Basics has demonstrated through the 2018 Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards” said MPP Miller. “Thank you for your commitment to crafting innovative and creative displays that showcase fresh Ontario foods that supports Ontario’s hardworking farmers, our families – and our economy”.
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. 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.
Ontario has one of the most diverse agri-food industries in Canada, producing more than 200 commodities, such as greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, asparagus, berries, tender fruit, and apples. The province’s agri-food sector contributes $39.5 billion in GDP and supports 822,485 jobs. To know when all your local fruits and vegetables are in season, visit Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide.