Shop local. Eat local. Support local – Halton’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is back!

P2PTrail1Fall is here and that means it’s time for Halton’s annual Pumpkins to Pastries Trail! This year’s Trail runs from September 18 through to October 31 and we have a great line-up of local vendors who are excited to showcase their local produce, products and experiences. Residents and visitors are invited to experience local food, products and events and to explore the connections between farms, markets, restaurants and shops here in Halton. Participating Trail vendors will be partnering to offer local, seasonal offerings – such as delicious pumpkin-themed sweets and harvest-themed events.

I’m excited to let you know that this year you can find the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail map and new features on the OneHalton App! Residents are invited to download the app and use it to find participating vendors and map locations. You can also find coupons from your favourite shops and restaurants – they may even entice you to try something new!

P2PTrail2And, back for another year is the popular Pumpkins to Pastries Trail Selfie Contest! Simply snap a selfie on the Trail and post the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #p2ptrail to enter for a chance to win a prize basket of fantastic local offerings. Prizes will be awarded weekly and your picture could be featured on Halton’s Trail gallery. Visit halton.ca/p2ptrail for contest rules and details.

Helping local business and agriculture thrive

Not only does the P2P Trail showcase local vendors, but it also provides a way to support Halton small businesses. Halton Region is committed to helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Through programs like the P2P Trail, we offer a venue to help promote small, local businesses and a way for these businesses to showcase what they do best.

The P2P Trail also gives participants a glimpse into how agriculture is thriving in Halton. We’ve also teamed up with local libraries this year to promote the Trail and teach our young community members about local growers, and why supporting local is good for all.

From innovative tasting experiences to on-farm stores and markets, Halton’s P2P Trail truly has something for everyone. With this guide to the community’s local farms and markets, family-friendly attractions, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants, you can discover everything our region has to offer this fall.

P2PTrail3Look for the Pumpkins to Pastries logo at participating vendor locations and remember to ask about their featured products and the Selfie Contest. To view the interactive map visit halton.ca/p2ptrail or you can download the OneHalton app to find locations and vendor coupons.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

 

Simply fresh. Simply fun. Simply local.

Halton Region is home to a thriving agricultural industry. One of the great things about living in a community with a strong and diverse agricultural sector is the ability to travel a short distance to buy fresh, local produce. Halton Region is proud to support this vibrant industry by working with community partners to ensure farming land and practices are sustainable and are here to enjoy for generations to come.

The Simply Local program is a great example of how Halton supports local agri-businesses, many that are family-owned. Simply Local also encourages healthy eating and helps connect Halton residents with local farms.

Plan your agri-venture using our Simply Local map.

Halton’s Simply Local interactive map makes it easy for you to discover Halton’s local farms, farmers’ markets and agri-businesses. This summer, explore Halton’s thriving agricultural industry and visit:

I encourage you to show your support for our agricultural community and local economy by buying, eating and visiting local. Check out halton.ca/simplylocal and start exploring today! Halton’s vibrant and diverse agricultural sector is just one of the many reasons why Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Simply Local – supporting local farms

One of the great things about living in a community with a vibrant agricultural sector is the ability to travel a short distance to buy fresh, local produce.  Summer is here and local farms and farmers’ markets are attracting visitors from close and far.  Did you know that Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville all have farmers’ markets that operate once or twice weekly from now until October?

Supporting our local farmers by buying produce locally creates a number of benefits for our community.  When you buy locally, you support our local economy by helping to ensure that our farmers are in business for future generations.  You help the environment by reducing the amount of processing, packaging, refrigeration and transportation involved in getting food from the farm to our plates.  You also make healthy choices by eating fresh produce that is better for you and tastes great because it is freshly picked!  Fresh fruits, vegetables, maple syrup and other items are now available at many local farms and farmers’ markets.

Simply Local – Your Guide to Halton Farms promotes Halton’s diverse farming industry, encourages healthy eating and helps connect Halton residents with local farms.  I encourage you to use this valuable Halton resource to discover which farms are growing your favourite produce, where you can pick your own items and learn what is in season. You can also use the interactive online map for Simply Local to plan and get driving directions for your personal tour of Halton farms and explore opportunities to experience various fun outdoor activities for all family members.

A healthy agricultural sector is vital to a healthy and sustainable Halton and Regional Council is committed to supporting and preserving our agricultural community. Halton is currently implementing an Agri-Tourism Action Plan prepared by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance which was approved by Council in November 2013.  This plan has a dual purpose of supporting our vibrant agricultural sector and attracting more visitors to Halton through agricultural and food tourism development. Putting more locally sourced foods on restaurant tables is essential to growing the culinary tourism industry in Halton, as well as contributing to a sustainable local economy.

From strawberry picking in the summer to pumpkin patches and apple picking in the fall, there are many opportunities to enjoy all that our local agricultural sector has to offer year round. Take a moment to view the Growing Good Food Ideas videos to learn more about the importance of the Simply Local initiative in Halton.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”