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Foodlink Waterloo Region Launches 10th Anniversary Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map

St. Jacobs, Ontario
May 28, 2011

Foodlink Waterloo Region Launches 10th Anniversary Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map
Saturday, May 28, St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

The Foodlink Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map has come a long way since its inaugural issue in 2002. But then again so has the local food movement. The first issue listed just 28 farms in Waterloo Region and today the annual publication has grown to include 74
local farms, in addition to Farmers' Markets and other businesses that produce and sell local foods. The handy guide makes it easier than ever for consumers to buy and eat fresh, healthy local food in Waterloo Region year round! The map is part of a larger campaign that engages the community in an exploration of available local food and creates a connection to our farm roots through a variety of exciting projects and events.

Foodlink invites members of the public to attend the launch of its 2011 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map which will take place at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 28, 10am-noon. Free copies of the special anniversary issue will be available from representatives of Foodlink throughout the morning. Be among the first to get your copy, and pick up some great local food at the same time!

Foodlink's Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map is part of a larger campaign made up of events and initiatives that champion local food and local farms. This includes Taste Local! Taste Fresh!, the Region's premiere culinary showcase which will take place in St. Jacobs September 18. Foodlink also hosts a comprehensive website http://www.foodlink.ca/ which combines extensive food information with the province's most advanced local food mapping technology. Amongst the roster of web offerings are a local food finder, a local food blog 'Local Dish', farm profiles, on-line newsletters and local food recipes.

Foodlink Waterloo Region is an award-winning non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to creating a healthy local food system. The group is made up of farms, food processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants and other community stakeholders. Foodlink has been making the local food connection in Waterloo Region since 2002. Thanks to Foodlink's expertise and resources. Buy Local! Buy Fresh! programs have been made possible in 12 counties in Ontario, as well as BC and Newfoundland.

Copies of the new 2011 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map are free and available at all public libraries across the Region, as well as selected food retailers, restaurants, markets and other local businesses. A full listing of available locations can be found at http://www.foodlink.ca.

For more information please contact:

Anna Contini, Manager, Foodlink Waterloo Region
519-513-8998; acontini@foodlink.ca