A commitment to eating local and supporting the local food economy doesn’t need to end in the winter months, although sourcing those local products can be challenging once the snow starts to fly. Fortunately, the Two Rivers Food Hub has made accessing local food even easier with their online marketplace, a web-based ordering system that takes the effort out of purchasing local food, no matter the season.
At Two Rivers Food Hub, they understand that support for community farmers isn’t only needed in the summer months; in fact, helping farmers to access year-round sources of income is one of the cornerstones of the Two Rivers organization. The online marketplace is yet another tool the food hub has turned to, in order to better support farmers, producers and customers.
Bruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub General Manager, explained that buying local food is a win-win for both farmers and customers; local food not only tastes better but uses far less resources in transporting from the farmer to the purchaser. Not only that, but Bruce stressed the positive impact local food can have on the local economy.
“Food dollars spent locally stay local and lead to stronger economies,” Bruce said, “When you buy from Two Rivers Food Hub you aren’t buying from a faceless corporation, you are supporting your neighbours, family and friends.”
To access the online ordering system, customers are invited to visit the Two Rivers Food Hub website and click on the Buy Now! tab, where they will be prompted to register as a customer or log in for existing customers. Once a customer has gained access to the system, they can browse through hundreds of local food selections like natural meats, cheeses, yoghurt, milk, eggs, honey, maple syrup, bread, vegetables, and more!
Fresh, local products are delivered via convenient bi-weekly drops to depots in Merrickville, Kemptville, Carleton Place, Ottawa and Kanata, or can be picked up directly from the food hub in Smiths Falls. Don’t stop eating local just because it’s winter! Purchase local food all year long and enjoy the fresh flavours while knowing you are supporting your local farmers and producers.
For more information about the online ordering system, or to reach the Two Rivers Food Hub website, please visit www.tworiversfoodhub.com, email [email protected], or call the hub directly at 613-205-1338.