Yesterday, Tuesday,May 29 2012, Foodland Ontario held their annual Queen’s Park Celebration of Local Foods farmers’ market on the lawn of Queen’s Park in Toronto. Foodland was showcasing all of the good things grown in Ontario and allowed the public to try free samples of all of these delicious items that can be found right in our own backyard. Ontario Pork participated by serving up some delicious pulled pork and offering scrumptious recipes. Resources that were available included the “Canadian Pork Recipes from Coast to Coast” booklet, which includes the popular pulled pork recipe; Managing Diabetes through Diet with Ontario Pork and the new grilling guide.
Staff members Mary Jane Quinn and Kimberley Croft were there to represent Ontario Pork. Both commented that the pulled pork was a huge hit! If you are interested in trying the recipe that was used at this event I have included the link here. Pulled pork is fast and easy to make, in fact, that’s what I’m having tonight for dinner!
The wind and possibility of a thunderstorm did not stop approximately 500 people from coming out to sample a variety of fresh Ontario products. The event opened with remarks from Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Other attendees included provincial MPP’s, dignitaries, media, agri-food organizations and consumers.
Minister McMeekin seemed very pleased with the event’s attendance and the activities at hand. Mary Jane and Kim even got a picture with the minister who thoroughly enjoyed the pulled pork being served by Ontario Pork. Events like these are very important as they show political decision makers and the general public that Ontario’s agricultural sector has a lot to offer.
Remember to buy local this summer, check out farmers markets, local butchers and ask about local produce and meat at your regular grocery store. Ontario farmers work hard to produce high quality products for you, help support them and buy local!