New Food Shop Receives Warm Welcome From Community

Local food provides ‘a better story with your meals’

Whether it’s to purchase locally-grown tomatoes or to learn how to cook squash, a new shop in Peterborough is providing residents with a home-grown connection to their food.

The Food Shop opened June 10 at Water and Simcoe streets. The grocery store carries local meat, produce and prepared foods that hail from Peterborough County and area growers and farmers.

During the time he has been open, owner Anthony Lennan says he has particularly enjoyed hearing from his customers.

“They have the same goal as me — eating locally and really celebrating the short journey of the food,” Anthony tells Electric City Magazine.

“One of the things that has been kind of cool is a lot of the people have lived in this community for a long time and have a connection to the products because they know the people who are producing them.”

“There has been tons of support. Everyone has been very excited,” he notes.

“One of the things that has been kind of cool is a lot of the people have lived in this community for a long time and have a connection to the products because they know the people who are producing them.”

As a professional chef for 15 years, Anthony has had a long love affair with food and likewise a passion for sourcing local ingredients in his recipes. His own freezer at home, aside from shrimps and scallops, contains about 90 per cent beef and other meat from Peterborough and area.

At The Food Shop, “everything will be sourced from Peterborough County or just outside as much we can.”

He has a number of veggies including greens, radishes, carrots and potatoes. He carries chicken and game birds from area farms, along with meat, eggs and other perishables.

The availability of fresh produce is obviously dependent on the growing season, but the winter still provides local root vegetables and onions, for instance, and he plans to offer to-go soups and pot pies during the colder months.

Before opening the store, he made connections with area farmers through the local markets held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Peterborough. Being sustainable and getting food and ingredients locally “as a chef it’s something you dream about,” Anthony says.

“My wife and I love local food and now we’ve really ramped up that commitment. It’s a better story with your meals.”

Through The Food Shop, he’ll help connect the consumer to the producer and give people an increased opportunity to shop locally.

Also with his food knowledge, he’ll be providing customers with a “full story” about each product from its origins to how to prepare the item. He hopes to use social media or e-mail campaigns to promote the arrival of new deliveries so customers can stop by and chat with the growers and farmers.

For more information about The Food Shop, check out The Food Shop on Facebook and Ptbo Food Shop on Instagram.

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Image courtesy of the Food Shop Facebook page.

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