For some, it’s not knowing where to buy local food, for others its the assumption that local food will cost more and require more time to procure. These are just some of the barriers that local restaurants and businesses face in their food procurement practices.
But the demand exists. Customers are driving restaurants and businesses to have more healthy, local food available and procurement practices are reflecting that trend.
Food Matters Manitoba saw this first hand at its original Get Fresh event in the spring of 2015.
For Donald and Amy Nikkel, who own Adiago Acres, its hard to get away from the farm. With the never ending list of work to be done on a small farm, it can be a difficult decision to take an entire day off to come into Winnipeg. Luckily, they met Kendra Magnus-Johnston.
Magnus-Johnston is a co-owner of newly-opened Fools and Horses, a coffee shop and retail space in Winnipeg’s downtown. With a vision to sell local and sustainable products out of their shop, Fools and Horses was able to strike up a deal with Adiago Acres. They now sell a variety of local products by producers like Bothwell Cheese, Flora and Farmer, Smak Dab along with Adiago Acres.
The second time around promises to be even more of a rewarding trip for both producers and food buyers. Producers include Shut Ur Pie Hole, Flora and Farmer, and the much anticipated Barnhammer Brewing Company.
With both more producers and more buyers in the mix, this second installment of Get Fresh is poised to build even more local food relationships.
Get Fresh 2 will be held on Mon. Nov. 2 at the Viscount Gort (1670 Portage Avenue) from 1 – 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Food Matters Manitoba: Stefan Epp-Koop, Acting Executive Director at 204-943-0822 ext 102 firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Townend, Communications Manager at 204-943-0822 ext 101 email@example.com