By Teghan Beaudette
You don’t have to stop eating local and organic food in Ottawa just because the summer is over. This Online guide will help you find the food you need all the way through the winter.
Maintained by the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers — an organization that links organic growers, government officials and consumers across Canada — this directory provides contact information, types of products available and the services offered by local organic farmers. It is managed by a local organic farmer in the Ottawa area and provides an extensive overview of the organic products available locally. The list also has an alphabetical index and categories like “Restaurants and Baking” or “Meat and Egg Producers.”
If you’re interested in getting a plot of land to grow your own produce next spring, this is the place to go. Most of the community gardens across Ottawa are listed here, with contact information for each and a short description of available products. The list is maintained by Just Food — an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization involved in sustainable food options and education.
Just Food also provides an extensive guide to maintaining your own plot in Ottawa’s community garden network. The Garden Guide covers everything from seed selection, to plot-planning to identifying pests.
Just Food also has an extensive local food guide with details on farmer’s markets, direct contact information for farmers and a map of Ottawa that shows which locations might be nearest you. The guide also has a harvest chart that tells you what is in season at different times in the year.
The Ottawa Good Food Box is a not-for-profit community-based co-op that delivers boxes of produce across the city. Customers can place orders and the organization then distributes them across the city. They rely on local foods as much as possible and the service makes for a very low cost solution to produce shopping.