So long from Locavoria
In the spring of 2009 we started Locavoria as a group of friends talking about our shared interest in supporting local foods. We wanted to:
- support local farmers/gardeners/bakers
- have local food that is sustainable and certified organic/or in the process of being certified/or using organic growing methods
- access local food from the Edmonton area outside of the market hours
- buy from farmers whose products aren’t readily available.
At the time, accessing local foods in Edmonton was a struggle. Finding organic foods - even more so. There were only a few farmer's markets and they were only open one day a week. Now, six years later, there are at least a dozen in Edmonton!
In the beginning we met farmers who were unable to bring their produce to market...well, they were busy producing! We wanted to access their products so we started up a little food buying group.
We are happy to see Edmontonian's enthusiasm has grown for not only farmer's markets but community gardens, urban farmers, hens, bees, backyard gardens and edible front yards. Local restaurants are serving locally sourced foods. Local heritage grass fed beef, free run chickens, free range pork are accessible. And so this finds us feeling pretty confident that you have much better access to local, organic or organically grown produce.
Over the years we have had a wonderful time and met fantastic people. We want to thank you for your support!
Locavoria (Pam and Wendy)
We leave you with a list of producers we have worked with as well as information about others. We are sorry to anyone we may have missed! The Alberta Markets web page has a list vendors/producers available.
Our Locavoria Producers past and present
Amberlane Farm firstname.lastname@example.org
Beanstalk Honey https://northcookinglake.wordpress.com/
Breadland Organic Bakery www.facebook.com/pages/Breadland-Organic-Whole-Grain-Bakery-LTD/133877989964703
Good Note Community Farm www.goodnote.ca
Greens Eggs and Ham www.greenseggsandham.com
Halwa Farms Irvings Farm Fresh http://www.irvingsfarmfresh.com/
Lola Canola www.facebook.com/pages/Lola-Canola-Honey/7609271868
Meadow Creek Farms www.meadowcreekfarms.ca
Prairie Mill Bread Co. www.prairiemillbread.com
Ruzicka Sunrise Farm www.sunrisefarm.ca
Skyline Greenhouses http://www.skylinegreenhouse.com/
Sundog Organic Farm www.sundogorganicfarm.ca
Sunshine Organics Farm http://www.sunshineorganicfarm.com/
Tandria Dexters (beef) email@example.com
Urban Veggie Collective
Market Information and producers lists
http://www.albertamarkets.com/markets/north-central/ and http://www.lacitefranco.ca/french-quarter-farmers-market.php
Community Supported Agriculture:
CSA'S - http://www.csaalberta.com/edmonton.html
Goodnote Community Farm - http://www.goodnote.ca/
Grass Roots Family Farm - http://www.grassrootsfamilyfarm.ca/forest-garden-csa.html
Meadow Creek Farm - http://www.meadowcreekfarms.ca/CSA_Program.html
Prairie Urban Farm-http://www.prairieurbanfarm.ca/
Reclaim Urban Farm - http://www.reclaimurbanfarm.com/#!csa/cni
Other amazing local food sources
The Organic Box -https://www.theorganicbox.ca/ which supports local producers and a Community Shared Fishery http://skipperotto.com/
Fruits of Sherbrooke http://www.fruitsofsherbrooke.ca/
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton - http://operationfruitrescue.org/faqs/
You will find locally raised (some organic) meats at places like Acme Meat, Planet Organic, Blush Lane and Earth General Store. WE don't have a complete ;ist, so if you know of any others let me know!
Sustainable Food http://sustainablefoodedmonton.org/
City of Edmonton
The city has a Food and Agriculture Strategy " FRESH"
The city is running pilot projects for urban bee keeping and urban hens: