Local Foods to Health Care Facilities Initiative

A leader in promoting locally grown food, Norfolk County expanded its work into the County’s health care facilities. Norfolk County’s Local Foods to Health Care Facilities Initiative was funded by The Greenbelt Fund, a sister organization of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

With funding from the Ontario Government, the Fund helped to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities through its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

Simcoe Farmer’s Market

Open every Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm all year round. There are 30 – 50 vendors

 Farmers Market Logo

 History of Simcoe Farmers Market

As early as 1849 George Kent donated some land to be used for a market. The area between what is now known as Robinson, Head, Talbot and Market Streets, was an open-air market until 1868. At that time a building was erected, mainly to be used by the market butchers with the rest of the market, including live animals, outside.

Farms, Wineries, Culinary and Food Suppliers

Norfolk County is the top producing area for farm fresh produce in Ontario. From asparagus to zucchini, Norfolk’s growers supply major markets across North America. In fact, Norfolk County’s farmers sold more than $400 million in commodities in 2005, making them key players in a global marketplace. Norfolk produce is safe, tasty and competitively priced. The goal of the “Direct from Norfolk” Norfolkfarms.com campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of buying local produce and other farm products.

Places to Eat

There is no shortage of excellent food and dining experiences in Norfolk County. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience with a view of Lake Erie, a hot dog at the beach or a family restaurant in town, you will never go hungry when you come for a visit.

For more information on some great choices for dining, please visit NorfolkTourism.ca.