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Do you know the story behind the food on your plate?
How far it travelled from, if it’s in season, or who produced it?

The next time you sit down to enjoy a meal, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, or in your favourite local restaurant, take a closer look at what’s in front of you.

From creation to consumption and each step in between, when you know the story behind your food, it will leave you with a better taste in your mouth.

From Our Hands to Your Table is a campaign created in partnership by Middlesex County’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, Middlesex-London Food Policy Council, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, Middlesex Federation of Agriculture and Lambton Federation of Agriculture.

The public can view each video in the series and learn more about each project partner and the importance of sourcing local ingredients on the campaign’s website.

The hope for the overall campaign was to inspire more businesses to collaborate with local producers and spark interest among consumers regarding the food that ends up on their table. It’s important to highlight these partnerships as it’s ones like these that keep the food sector in Southwestern Ontario thriving.

Quality food is closer than you think.

When it comes to creating pizza, the limit is a far as your imagination can go. Owner Mike Giresi of Giresi’s Pizza combines local produce from Zekveld’s Garden Market with classic ingredients to create seasonal pizzas with a variety of fresh flavours.

Giresi’s Pizza Factory and their “Gus” asparagus pizza and their “Peaches and Cream” pizza using ingredients from Zekveld’s Garden Market.

Zekveld’s Garden Market packaging their apples and potatoes.

Visitors to are invited to further explore the culinary wonders of both Lambton and Middlesex counties with the option to view local fare maps.

The Locally Lambton Map is a collaboration between the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and the many hidden gems throughout the region. The map was created to highlight some of Lambton County’s food providers (and tourism attractions), giving people a chance to experience the country atmosphere they can’t find anywhere else.

From Our Hands to Your Table gives consumers the opportunity to discover locally-produced foods from fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, locally raised cattle and more and the restaurants that serve them.

Stay Tuned for Part 3…