‘Food Connects People to One Another’

Mayor, warden to proclaim September as Local Food Month

Upon becoming a newcomer to Canada, Peterborough’s Joëlle Favreau began connecting with others through an immigrant women’s group.

The now Nourish manager was fascinated by how often their discussions revolved around food and cooking. The group shared their country’s delicacies and taught each other how to prepare different meals.

“Food can be a great starting point for having conversations,” Joëlle tells Electric City Magazine.

“We (saw) how much food connects people to one another and also how much it’s connected to our identity.”

“We (saw) how much food connects people to one another and also how much it’s connected to our identity.”

Through that life experience and through work at Nourish, Joëlle knows how food impacts community-building.

Food is an important part of Peterborough’s fabric and it will be celebrated officially in September.

Transition Town Peterborough is getting excited for an upcoming event that will proclaim September as Local Food Month for Peterborough County and city.

Local Food Month celebrates the abundance of Peterborough’s harvest. The month will spotlight the vital importance of Peterborough-area food and farms on the local culture and economy, organizers say.

County Warden J. Murray Jones and Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien will make the official proclamation of September as Local Food Month at a special event on Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. at Elmhirst’s Resort, located at 1045 Settlers Line in Keene.

Local Food Month connects area residents with the land of Nogojiiwanong and the agricultural sector of the county. Transition Town Peterborough welcomes this year’s rural ambassador, Steve Elmhirst from Elmhirst’s Resort, and downtown culinary hub representative, Tina Bromley from Tiny Greens.

In general, local food is receiving more attention as climate change alters growing zones and as communities try to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with climate change action plans. Buying local food reduces emissions by shortening the distance food travels by vehicle.

September food month events include free farm tours, workshops, dinners and a competitive Eat Local Food Challenge.

Copies of Transition Town Peterborough’s Local Food Guide are available in many locations in the city and the county and the guide is accessible online here.

The month culminates at the free ninth annual Purple Onion Festival on Sept. 22 at Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants can enjoy samples of local foods uniquely prepared by local chefs and meet and buy fresh produce from local farmers. There will be artisans, entertainment and children’s activities. For more information about the festival, visit Transition Town’s website.

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