Timiskaming Local Food Map
Welcome to the Timiskaming Local Food Map!
Timiskaming Local Food Map helps people find out where to eat and buy food made in Timiskaming. It makes access to healthy local food, grown and produced in the Timiskaming District easy.
This map is a shared project of Timiskaming Health Unit and local food producers, restaurants, caterers, and stores that show a commitment to sourcing and selling local products when in season, such as fresh produce and livestock, or using recipes that contain locally produced products as the first or main ingredient.
How We Define "Local Food"?
For this map, we are defining "Local Food" as food produced within Timiskaming District, including Temagami.
Why Buy Local?
- Food produced locally does not have to travel for a long distance to reach people. Less time from farm to fork reduces the impact on the environment.
- Eating local supports local farmers and their families.
- Foods imported from further away are picked before they are ripe and are forced to ripen during shipping. Vegetables and fruits that ripen naturally have a better taste, are fresher, and more nutritious. This also applies to local vegetables and fruits that are frozen at the peak of freshness, to keep their nutritional value and taste.
Tips on How to Eat More Local?
- Check or ask where food comes from at the grocery store, restaurants, farmers markets, events, and meetings.
- Look on labels for "Product of Timiskaming" and/or the farm name.
- Ask where the food was grown to learn about the source and origin of your food.
- Stock up foods when they are in season and at a good price, like strawberries in summer and root vegetables in winter. This helps make the local food system stronger and more sustainable.
How to Use the Timiskaming Local Food Map?
- Check the legends below to see the different types of locations included on the map.
- Identify which colour matches the service/location you are looking for.
- To move around the map, use the mouse pointer.
- To zoom IN and OUT a specific area on the map, click on the + OR - symbols in the bottom right corner of the map while scrolling with the mouse pointer.
- If you click on the coloured pins on the map, a little box will pop-up, with information about the location/service you are looking for.
Community SupportsFarmers' markets, Good Food Box, Mobile Food Markets, community gardens, community kitchens, free/low-cost meals, meals on wheels, home meals, community meals, food banks, food programs, grocery stores, corner stores, transportation services, multiple services, etc.
Local ProducersVegetables, fruits, fish and seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, moose, bison, venison and elk, goat, legumes, eggs, dairy, cheese, grains and cereals, baked goods, dry goods, seeds, oils, sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, etc.), herbs, spices, specialty food, etc.
Retailers and food premisesRetailers and food premises: restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, abattoirs, specialty food, etc.
Food Service and Public Health Inspected facilitiesCommunity hall kitchens, school food program (Student Nutrition Program), etc.
The information on the map is based on responses received from local organizations. To learn more about the locations/services included on the map, please contact them directly.
If you are a business owner and would like to be included on this map, please reach out to the Timiskaming Health Unit at THUmappingproject@gmail.com OR contact us at 705.567.9355 ex: 3276.
While we recognize the essential role that emergency food solutions such as food banks and free meals play, food charity does not solve the public health issue of food insecurity. Learn more about food insecurity.
Food security and food banks for Timiskaming communities
The situation we are facing with COVID-19 is unique. Understandably, the response can be overwhelming, and, at times, it may be hard to know what to do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Measures to protect our population from COVID-19 include making sure people are ready in case the illness spreads largely in our communities.
To help guide our decisions around purchasing and to ensure there is enough food for all in our communities, we have provided some recommendations. This includes information about available local food bank services.