Cowansville, September 27, 2022 – The CLD of Brome-Missisquoi is proud to unveil the public version of its Local Sourcing Guide (in french version only), a practical tool for identifying businesses in the region that sell in a short food supply chain. The Guide is designed to help people know more about what food is locally available and to strengthen the culinary identity of Brome-Missisquoi. The CLD’s agri-food development team hopes it will lead companies such as restaurants, catering services, hotel and residential institutions to shop more locally.
“This Guide features more than 220 businesses in the region that focus on local products: farmers, artisanal producers, local grocery stores and small neighbourhood stores,” explains Leslie Carbonneau, agri-food development advisor at the CLD. The information is organized in 10 food categories (fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products, etc.). For each company, the Guide gives details about product availability (seasonal or year round), intended clientele (individuals or businesses), sourcing methods and contact information. It also includes further details of interest to consumers, such as subscription services for vegetable baskets, pick-your-own fruit businesses, a list of public markets, etc. The Guide will be updated as businesses develop.
Four luminaries of Quebec’s agri-food industry have written features for the public version of the Guide, an addition since the first version released in September 2021. Market gardener Jean-Martin Fortier wrote Eating is an agricultural activity, author and former restauranteur Élisabeth Cardin discusses What creates regional culinary identity, author and gardener Mariève Savaria gives tips on Key ingredients for your local pantry, and illustrator and author Laurence Deschamps-Léger, also known as Laucolo, shares advice on Adapting our diet to the four seasons.
The public version of the Local Sourcing Guide aligns with the mission of the CLD’s strategic agri-food plan, the Plan stratégique bioalimentaire 2021-2023 du CLD and is also part of Brome-Missisquoi’s involvement in the 2022 edition of Défi 100% Local, a Quebec-wide initiative to encourage Quebecers to eat more local products all September long.
The Guide is available free in digital format at www.brome-missisquoi.ca/tonpanierlocal/. It can also be consulted in hard copy in tourist information offices, town halls and libraries of the region. Also, a limited number of paper copies will be sold at the CLD of Brome-Missisquoi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the Chambre de commerce Brome-Missisquoi (email@example.com).
Source: Eliane St-Pierre
450-266-4900 ext. 442
For more information: Leslie Carbonneau
450-266-4928 ext. 225