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Supporting Locally Sourced Food in September

first_img FOR BROADCAST September is the height of the harvest season and a unique opportunity to support local farmers and businesses. This was the message Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell shared with customers at Local Source Market today (September 15th). Mr. Colwell encouraged Nova Scotians to join the second annual 50% Local Food Club and buy at least half of their food from local producers for the month of September. On Sunday (September 20th), Open Farm Day will give people a chance to visit farms in Nova Scotia to learn more about local food and farmers, and see the impact of spending money locally. -30- September is the height of the harvest season and a unique opportunity to support local farmers and businesses. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell shared the buy local message with customers at Local Source Market in Halifax today, Sept. 15. Armed with a shopping list, he praised the local food movement in Nova Scotia and bought items for a few recipes from the Select Nova Scotia cookbook. “Nova Scotians recognize the importance of supporting Nova Scotia farmers and businesses,” said Mr. Colwell. “When Nova Scotians buy local they are helping to grow our vibrant, diverse and dynamic food culture and promote a healthy lifestyle.” Nicole Marchand, Local Source in-house dietitian, joined Mr. Colwell and emphasized the importance of buying local. “Eating seasonally allows for a diet that is nutritious, diverse and full of flavor,” said Ms. Marchand. “September is a perfect month for a local food challenge as produce is fresh and bountiful, and includes everything from berries and tomatoes to squash and corn.” Earlier this month Mr. Colwell encouraged Nova Scotians to join the second annual 50% Local Food Club and buy at least half of their food from local producers for the month of September. The club is organized by Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia and supported by Select Nova Scotia. To support this fall’s local food movement, Select Nova Scotia is rewarding all 50% Local Food Club members with a coupon for 20 Air Miles bonus reward miles when making purchases of local products at Sobeys and Foodland stores during October. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Open Farm Day will give people a chance to visit farms in Nova Scotia to learn more about local food and farmers, and see the impact of spending money locally. For more information on the benefits of buying local, and where to find locally grown and made products, visit Select Nova Scotia on Facebook or at http://selectnovascotia.ca . To join the club, individuals, families and groups can sign up online at http://nslocalfoodclub.wordpress.com . For a list of farms for Open Farm Day visit www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday/participating-farms/ .last_img read more