Local Food

The Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative

In the spring of 2008, the Ottawa River Institute received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of localizing the food system and to assist in establishing the Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative. Some of the activities included presentations to municipal councils and groups, 100-mile lunches, local food sampling events,consumer and producer workshops and discussions.

The Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative is a networking project for local food producers and consumers, whereby local consumers can connect with and buy from local food producers.

If you live in the Upper Ottawa Valley and would like to buy and/or sell locally produced food through the co-operative's monthly online ordering and distribution system, please see the Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative's website.

Local Food Buying Guide for the Upper Ottawa Valley

The Ottawa River Institute and the Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative have collaborated on a newly published guide for Ottawa Valley food lovers! The Local Food Buying Guide for the Upper Ottawa Valley, is a very thorough guide to finding and buying delicious food products from local food producers and farmers across the Upper Ottawa Valley.

The 17 page guide includes listings for Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative Producer Members, Farmers’ Markets, Pick-Your-Own Farms, and Local Food Producers across the Upper Ottawa Valley. The listings include the name of the producer or farm, the products they sell, their farming practices, contact information, ways to purchase their products, times of operation, and in some cases directions to their location. The centerspread of the guide includes a map of the Valley, coded numerically so that people can easily find a Farmers Market, Pick-Your-Own farm, or Farm Gate Stand. Download your copy below as three separate pdf files; cover, map and listings.