To make the most of your festive meal this Thanksgiving, be sure to include locally grown and harvested food and beverages. Local food is healthy and delicious, and supporting local farmers across Ontario is a great way to celebrate those who grow, produce and harvest the good things we eat and drink.
Here are some last minute tips to make the most of Ontario’s harvest:
- Turkey Tips – Smoke, roast or barbecue a locally raised turkey. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and low in cholesterol and sodium, making it the perfect centrepiece of your meal. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’s makesitsuper.ca.
- Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – To help ensure your holiday meal is prepared safely, follow four simple steps. Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment well and often. Separate cooked or ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, other uncooked foods or contaminated utensils. Cook food thoroughly, and chill leftovers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
- Family Favourite Recipes – Whether your family loves tradition or likes to try new things, Foodland Ontario has a number of simple recipes that are a delicious way to feature Ontario’s bounty on your table.
- Local Ingredients – Choosing local ingredients from the abundance of Ontario’s harvest is easy at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and on-farm markets. Visit Harvest Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh to learn more about where to buy local. The Foodland Ontario logo makes it easy to find local products where you shop.
- Celebrating the Feast – Raise your glass of local Ontariowine, craft beer or cider this Thanksgiving. Sparkling fruit cider is a fun and bubbly alternative that is available in most grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
- Dressing Your Table – Make your Thanksgiving table even more beautiful by including local Ontario blooms. VisitpickOntario to find out which in-season plants and flowers you can enjoy this season.
- Sharing Thanks – To help all Ontario families have a Thanksgiving meal, you can donate food items, money or time to your local food bank, food program or another charitable organization.
- Ontario produces 45 per cent of Canada’s turkeys – approximately 63,000,000 kilograms a year.