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No substitute for fresh

Brockville Recorder and Times June 1, 2010

It's a trend Local Flavours organizers hope will continue -forever.

Local restaurants, inns and consumers are buying locally grown vegetables and meat as the membership of the Local Flavours food network has increased to 113 strong -and that's without funding or advertising.

"It has exploded," said Wendy Banks of Wendy's Mobile Market, one of the Local Flavours committee members.

"We hope to see it grow more. It's building support for the community and bringing us back to where we got our food from originally," Banks said between serving customers Sunday.
"It's not just romanticism or nostalgia. It's fresher, it tastes better, and it supports your local economy," said Local Flavours co-ordinator Jerry Heath.

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Getting Area Food on Restaurant Tables

Brockville Recorder and Times April 8, 2009

Count Brockville's Brockberry Cafe among the latest converts to the Local Flavours' program promoted by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

Cafe owner Josie Groniger and chef Seth O'Hara signed up as members during a workshop Tuesday in Brockville to promote the use of locally produced foods at restaurants, hospitality businesses and specialty retailers.

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Local Flavours Program Growing

Brockville Recorder and Times August 23, 2008

Wendy Banks wanted to give eastern Ontario a taste of what's available in its own backyard when she started a delivery service connecting farmers and restaurants from Kingston to Kemptville.

Wendy's Mobile Market, operated by Lyndhurst farmer and entrepreneur Banks, is part of the Local Flavours partnership of producers, restaurants and hotels established by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

"The idea is to keep it local," said Banks in an interview. "We totally want to support the farmers."
Her company delivers food from area producers to restaurants and individuals in Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, Perth and other areas.

"The Local Flavours program shows how these types of programs in North America can work," said Don Ross, executive director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

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