Local leaps forward

granolabars

The locavore movement has been on my trend tracker’s radar for quite some time but never during my research have I found anything as inspiring as the story of the Go Ontario! Granola Bars.

Every ingredient in these additive-, preservative- and trans fat-free bars is sourced from an Ontario farm and the bars are, in turn, sold to Ontario schools to use for fundraising snack programs.

I just love this idea and hope it’s the beginning of a trend that sees more companies returning to regional food production. It’s a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of packaged foods and a wonderful way to support local producers.

Although these bars won’t be available at retail for a little while longer, I can tell you that I’ll be trying them as soon as they are on the shelf.

Other than produce and ingredients like honey and maple syrup, are products that use all local ingredients available in your area?

7 Responses to Local leaps forward

  1. Barb says:

    In our town – no. Southern Alberta

  2. Lovely to see this, Dana. We have a local food movement here, but until the grocery store giants start donating space to a “Local Food” section, only the converted will go out of their way to buy local at this level.

  3. danamccauley says:

    There is so much wonderful stuff from Alberta! Let’s hope that the trend picks up there since you could really have a bounty of delicious local food products in that part of Canada.

  4. cheryl says:

    This is fabulous! You have no idea how happy this makes me because it just makes SO MUCH SENSE. It’s only logical for local producers to supply their own communities, and especially their local schools. Bravo to Taste of Nature for leading the charge.

  5. Natashya says:

    Hopefully they are packaged here too. The Canadian oats at PC are sent to the States for packaging and then brought back to be sold as local. Good Grief!

  6. danamccauley says:

    Natashya – is that true? Good grief indeed!

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