Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region
Just Food News and Events
Other Community News and Events
Just Food News and Events
1. July 28th and August 11th, 18th and 25th | Sundays at the Just Food Farm
Join us on the Just Food Farm for Sunday Farm Days, there’s something for everyone!
- Yoga in the barn from 9:45 – 11 am
- Farm Tours: The Canadian Organic Growers will be offering tours on July 28th and August 11th from 10 am – 12:30 pm
- Kids activities on August 11th, 18th, and 25th
Don’t forget to check out our farmers’ market from 10 am – 2 pm, run by our very own farmers for some amazing vegetables, herbs, honey, preserves and more! Bring you and family, as well as a lunch to enjoy!
WHEN: Sunday July 28th and August 11th, 18th, and 25th
WHERE: Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court
2. Every Sunday | Yoga at the Just Food Farm
Join Bee at the Just Food Farm for a traditional yoga class for all levels of skill and ages! The class will include physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.
WHEN: Sundays 9:45 – 11 am
WHERE: Big Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
It’s free, or by donation with all proceeds going to the Just Food Farm.
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bee has been a yoga practitioner for 8 years and teaching for 5 years. She is a farmer and educator at Cadence Ecological Farm at the Just Food Farm, and is deeply interested in the role of holistic health while developing sustainable communities.
3. Every Sunday | Just Food Farm Stand
Join us on Sundays this summer from 10 am – 2 pm until October to enjoy the fresh produce of the season! Every week, a number of farms will be selling their fresh produce, condiments, sweet and savoury treats, and much more! The Farm Stand is located at the Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court. Enjoy the first summer bounty of organic food from local farmers with us while supporting new farmers. For more information, click here.
4. July 28 and August 11 | Free COG Tour at Just Food Farm
The Canadian Organic Growers (COG), in partnership with Just Food, is hosting free tours where participants will have a chance to visit 3 different farms on site and shop fresh produce at the Farm Stand afterwards. Learn about about how each farmer got started, what they grow, and the unique aspects of their business, from bees and chickens to diverse vegetables. Folks of all ages are welcome! Please note that there will be a fair amount of walking on uneven ground and in direct sunlight.
WHEN: Sunday July 28 and August 11, from 10 am – 12:30 pm (sun or rain)
WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court
FARMS ON TOUR:
- July 28: Capital Greens, Karen Farm, Bird and Bee
- August 11: Capital Bees, Chi Gardens, Cadence Ecological Farm
5. Volunteer to Grow Food for the Local Food Bank
Want to help support the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard? Join a team of volunteers who give back to their community by helping grow fresh produce at Just Food Farm’s Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row Garden (PARDAR) for the food cupboard. Gardening can be done when it suits you. You will also have a chance to learn basic gardening skills or share your gardening expertise. For more information or to join the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Watch Ottawa Experts on Using Food as a Gateway to a Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle
On a segment of Ottawa Experts, an interactive show which hosts local industry experts on various topics, Jenny Emmans, Chair of Just Food, and Amber Westfall of Wild Garden, operating out of Just Food Farm, discussed their journeys in learning and discovery about the local food and the nexus between food systems and health. For Jenny, it began with the growing question of what we are putting in and on our bodies as she explored the ingredients of the products she was using or consuming regularly. Amber was looking to expand her local diet and reduce her footprint. Both touch upon some great opportunities for residents to learn more about foraging, gardening, and consuming local food in the Ottawa Region.
To watch the episode, click here.
7. Rain Barrel Fundraiser
Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year for your food growing needs.
Just Food only has a few terracotta rain barrels remaining for $55. We are confident that this is the best price on the market right now. For more details, click here and if interested, email Himani at email@example.com to arrange pickup.
Support Just Food, conserve water and save money. Contact us today!
Other Community News and Events
8. Farmers’ Markets in the Region
Look down the list for the closest farmers’ market opening near you to buy and support local farmers!
|Beechwood Market|| 43 Ste. Cecile St, within |
| Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, |
June 1 – October 26
|Beechwood Mini-Market|| Rideau Sports Centre, |
1 Donald St, Ottawa
| Every Tuesday 3 am – 6 pm, |
July 2 – October 8
|Beechwood Mini-Market||Chartwell New Edinburgh |
Square Terrace, 420 MacKay St, Ottawa
| Every Thursday, 3 am – |
6 pm, July 4 – October 10
|Ottawa Organic Farmer’s Market||1644 Bank St, near Heron||Every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, year-round|
|Byward Market Square|| Byward Market Square,|
between York and George
Streets, downtown Ottawa
| Every day, 9 am – 5 pm |
|Ottawa Farmers’ Market- Lansdowne||Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way|| Every Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm, |
May 5 – October 27
|Ottawa Farmers’ Market- Westboro Market||Byron Linear Park between |
Richmond Road, Golden, Byron, and Broadview Avenues
| Every Saturday, 9:30 am- |
3 pm, May 18 – November 2
|Ottawa Farmers’ Market- Orleans Market||Ray Friel Recreation Complex, |
1585 Tenth Line Rd, Orléans
|Every Thursday, 12 am – 6 pm, May 23 – October 10|
|Ottawa Farmers’ Market- Barrhaven Market||Nepean Woods Park & Ride, at |
Strandherd and Crestway Drive
| Every Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm, |
June 2 – October 13
|R.J. Kennedy Community |
Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd,
|Every Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm|
|North Gower Farmers’|
|2397 Roger Stevens Dr, |
| Every Saturday, 8:30 am – |
1 pm, May 22 – October 5
|Metcalfe Farmers’ |
|2821 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe||Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, May 11 – October 26|
|Kanata Farmers’ Market||745 Kanata Ave, Kanata||Every Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 25 – November 3|
|Carp Farmers’ Market||Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp |
| Every Saturday 9 am – |
1 pm, May – October
|Marché du Vieux-Aylmer||Memorial Park, corner of Broad and Main Street, Alymer|| Every Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, |
June 2 – October 29
|Old Chelsea Market||212 Old Chelsea Rd, Chelsea||Every Thursday, 4 pm – 7 pm, May 30 – October 10|
|Marché Notre-Dame||330 Notre-Dame Rd, Gatineau||Every day, 8 am – 8 pm|
|Marché Vieux-Hull||Parc Du Portage, Gatineau |
(corner of Laurier and
| Every Thursday, 9:30 am – |
2:30 pm, May 30 – October 10
9. Saturdays until August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours
Discover the dozens of gardens in the region along the Garden Promenade! Whether you wish to do it alone or hire a pro to show you the way, the Garden Promenade offers a broad range of options for a multilingual guided tour or at your own pace while visiting the city’s famous attractions.
- Walk in downtown Ottawa and discover some of the 75+ garden attractions
- Combine a bike and culinary tour
- Travel along scenic bicycle paths yourself
- Hop on and hop off Ottawa’s double decker buses
- Drive it on your own
Enjoy the blooming flowers in the city the way you want to!
For more information, click here.
WHEN: Every Saturday until August 31st
10. Canadian Organic Growers is Hiring!
Do you like working with kids and talking about sustainable agriculture and food security? The Canadian Organic Growers’ Ottawa-St- Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter is looking for a fully bilingual workshop facilitor to join their Growing Up Organic garden and farm-based education program in Ottawa. The program works wth schools to develop edible gardens as educational tools for students. The position is home-based and averages 20 hrs/week. Click here to view the job description.
11. Eat Healthy with Canada’s Food Guide
Want to make more healthy choices while eating, but not sure where to start? Snapshots of the food guide are now available in 28 languages for you read through and start making better consumption choices for your mental and physical health. You can also subscribe here for their newsletter to get the latest healthy eating updates, recipes, and more.
12. Tasty Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste
Want to learn different ways to use all parts of your groceries? Food Tank has made a list of 11 ways to make the most of common food waste, including:
- Vegetable leaves
- Herb stems
- Bones and fat
- Root vegetable peels
- Stale bread
13. Reduce Our Kids’ Exposure to Marketed Unhealthy Food and Drinks
With the marketing of unhealthy food items on the rise, kids are being targeted because they are particularly vulnerable to the marketing techniques being used and the number of ads they see throughout the day. This is leading to changes in food choices and preferences.
Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act) came close to being passed prior to the Senate’s summer adjournment. It had the support from both the Senate and the House of Commons; however, the bill failed to pass overall. The bill would have limited advertisement of food high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats to kids under the age of 13. Now it’s up to us to create a food environment where kids are not being bombarded with advertisements and support them to make healthier choices. For more information on how to develop this, click here.
14. Canada’s New Food Policy with an Ambitious Vision
The anticipated food policy ‘Food Policy for Canada: Everyone at the Table’ was announced on June 17 by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau. With the acknowledgement that Canada needs to ensure reliable access to healthy, culturally diverse food for all Canadians, the federal government is investing $134 million to develop a vibrant and sustainable food system. Their key areas of focus also include reducing food waste and improving food security for Indigeneous and Northern communities.
Part of achieving the goal was the birth of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council and the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. The Council will be focusing on bringing in the experts and diverse voices to address the current and future food issues. For residents, the fund will support community-led projects with the goal of improving food access.
To read the full news release, click here.
15. Have Gardening Questions?
As you start the growing season, do you want some advice or have questions about gardening? The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton are a group of experienced gardeners with horticulture backgrounds that volunteer their time to help answer the public’s questions. They provide free, unbiased advice to home gardeners while encouraging good growing practices. They can give advice for both organic and conventional growing. Contact them by phone or email, listed here, or find them at clinics at local markets and fairs.
Are you interested in having a gardening workshop with your community? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on topics and how to set one up.