Time to Buy Local
COVID-19 exacerbates a trend on the Quebec market. We are witnessing an increase in solidarity initiatives for local businesses; we say it’s local buying time. At the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO), we support the marketing and promotion of regional products, and we are committed to maintaining this desire to buy local … or regional. The distinction? The hacking of “local” urges us to be vigilant; food industry giants are quickly understanding that they benefit from using the term. We find, in our grocery stores, “local” foods which have nothing to do with local foods. So, let’s address this desire to buy regional.
Why buy regional? For ecological, economic and social reasons:
- Lower the distance traveled by our food – in North America, our food travels, on average, 2,000+km from field to plate, and, therefore, contributes to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and others pollutants;
- Support the regional economy and the revitalization of our region;
- Encourage local businesses;
- Establish a direct link with local producers;
- Give priority to fresh and quality foods – fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins have ripened under natural conditions, on the plant;
- Support fair and ethical production methods.
In addition to these reasons, there is the pleasure … The pleasure of traveling the region, meeting its businesses.
Do also request regional products from your retailers. To keep you happy, they will work to meet our needs. In Outaouais, some retailers make great efforts to support the regional agri-food industry.
In this context, we, at the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais, have developed tools to present local food businesses to the public. With the Croquez l’Outaouais! promotional campaign, we have invested in digital media – our local food directory is the ultimate tool for finding regional foods – and traditional events (the Outaouais Gourmet Festival , the Marché de Noël LPG 100% Croquez l’Outaouais, etc.). In addition, to explore the region and meet its businesses, we offer five agrotourism and gourmet routes via the Outaouais Gourmet Way. We know that at this time it is not advisable to go and visit the farms, however, many offer a delivery service or simply have a kiosk at the farm. Visit our local food directory!
Another organization aspires to bring consumers closer to businesses in the region: the Marché de l’Outaouais (MDO). This solidarity cooperative, created in 2008, brings together around sixty producers and more than 2,000 products.
In addition, we can source regional products from specialty shops, grocery stores, public markets and restaurants in the area.
Let’s bite into Outaouais!