Here's Why This Mississauga Farm Was Recognized By The Ontario Government
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman and Lakeshore MPP Rudy Cuzzetto recognized the contribution of Mississauga’s Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market to local food in Ontario.
“Our customers appreciate the fresh, healthy and local food choices we grow right here in Mississauga and source from Ontario farms. Supporting Ontario agriculture and providing the best in local foods is what makes our market so special,” said Lloyd Herridge, the third-generation owner of Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market.
Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market is a third generation family business that has been around for almost 50 years. They grow a variety of local fruits and vegetables. They also purchase food from other local farmers that their farm does not grow. Located in Clarkson, the farm is open daily from April to December 24 including holidays.
This recognition is a part of the Ontario government’s new Local Food Champions program. The Mississauga farm is the first one to be recognized by the government. The program will start on June 3 and end on the 9.
“I’m thrilled to help kick off Local Food Week in Mississauga, which was once the strawberry capital of Canada. We’re so fortunate to have an abundance of fresh and delicious local food available at Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market and at our local outdoor farmer’s markets,” said MPP Cuzzetto.
The new Local Food Champion program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses who have demonstrated leadership in putting local food on Ontario family tables.
“Local Food Week is a great way to celebrate all the good things grown, produced and processed in Ontario. I want to encourage everyone to support our agriculture and food processing sector by choosing local and to enjoy all the amazing food grown and made right here in Ontario,” said Minister Hardeman.
The program aims to show that the government strongly supports local food. The government also wants to show its commitment to the province’s farmers and food processors. Ontario farmers and food processors produce over 200 food and beverage products to feed local communities and the world. The sector contributes over $38 billion to the local economy and employs 1 in 8 Ontarians.
“The Local Food Champion program is a celebration of our hard-working farmers, food processors and entrepreneurs who are committed to ensuring more local food is available for everyone in their community. When we buy local food, we are making a choice to support Ontario, our communities and our economy,” said Minister Hardeman.
Photo courtesy of Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market.
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