The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) is hosting the first Sault and Area Food Summit on November 21st and 22nd. Over the past ten years or so the concept of buying local and supporting the area’s farmers and growers has caught on. The success of the Algoma Farmers Market and Mill Market and some options to obtain local products in grocery stores are evidence enough.
David Thompson, Rain Research Project Coordinator, has put in several years speaking with local farmers and has gained a rich understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented to growers.
“Farmers wanted help with developing local markets for food. Food is pretty expensive to ship out of the community and a lot of farmers have been doing that for a long time. But now there is a growing interest in the local market be it a farmer’s market, local restaurants using local food or retailers carrying local food in their stores.”
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