Caledon, ON (May 9, 2017)
Heatherlea Farm Shoppe’s café joins over 122 other Ontario establishments committed to local food through their newly acquired Feast On certification. This designation enables diners to identify restaurants that use local foods, thus supporting the local economy and Ontario agriculture. With Heatherlea’s home-raised meats, Ontario provisions, and passion for promoting local food, the program was a perfect match for them.
Heatherlea has always had an eye on the Feast On program and became eligible when they opened a café in their brand new building in January 2016. In keeping with Heatherlea’s theme for local food, they curated a menu that changes with the seasons. You will find handcrafted sandwiches, flavourful soups, tempting baked goods and artisanal beverages. A few of the locals favourites include: the Breakfast Sandwich, featuring a house-made beef sausage patty; the Reuben Sandwich with Heatherlea beef, dressing and fermented sauerkraut; and The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich seems to be living up to it’s name.
The foods that make up their menu are largely from Ontario, 96 percent to exact. This wouldn’t be possible without the partnerships of other local farmers and producers. Partners include small neighborhood farmers like Cathy Hansen, who provides some of the best organic greens, kale, and carrots to larger farms like VG Meats in Simcoe, ON. Another partner, 100 KM Foods Inc., specializes in distributing for small-scale farms, which alleviates a common barrier for small growers.
Heatherlea’s owners and operators, Pat and Gord McArthur, recognize first-hand the importance of supporting local food. It’s putting dollars back into our communities, reducing environmental impacts, and making farming sustainable for future generations. Eating local food has a 3:1 impact on the local economy (Local Food Plus) with an anticipated $51,000,000 collective impact in 2017 (Feast On). OMAFRA reports that local food in Ontario is thriving and they are well on their way to meet the 2020 vision for Ontario Local Food.
The continued solid growth of local food relies on consumers and where they choose to spend their dollars. Feast On offers an easy online navigation to find local food establishments, from food trucks to fine dining and everything in between. We encourage you to check out a Feast On establishment near you! https://feaston.ontarioculinary.com
To learn more about one of Heatherlea’s Feast On chefs, Stephen Aspinall, visit the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance’s website at https://ontarioculinary.com/kitchen-party-stephen-aspinall/
For more information about Heatherlea Farm Shoppe, or to request an interview please contact Pat or Melinda McArthur at (519) 927-5902.
Heatherlea Farm Shoppe
17049 Winston Churchill Blvd