Agriculture

From the Farm to Our Tables

In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, as in many other rural communities in Ontario, agriculture propels the local economy.  This month, Peterborough Economic Development (PED), and its tourism division, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT), will be shining a spotlight on the agriculture sector through a series of promotional videos featuring farmers, food & beverage producers and chefs from throughout the City and County of Peterborough. This series includes a food & agriculture business sector video, 6 short videos profiling individual producers and 5 new “The Chefs of Peterborough & the Kawarthas” videos.

Food & Agriculture Video Series

  • PED has released a Food & Agriculture sector video – the fourth in a series of business sector videos. This video includes farmers and food & beverage producers from throughout the City & County of Peterborough.
  • Accompanying the sector video, PKT will be releasing 6 videos of the individual producers with a tourism-spin – highlighting the strong connection between local products and the Peterborough & the Kawarthas celebrated food & beverage scene.
  • This video series will culminate on the week of June 6 – Foodland Ontario’s Local Food Week in Ontario – with the launch of 5 new “The Chefs of Peterborough & the Kawarthas” videos.
  • The Chefs of Peterborough & the Kawarthas is an ongoing series highlighting a variety of local chefs dedicated to using local products and leading the region’s vibrant local food scene. In addition to the videos, the series includes locally inspired recipes featuring a number of the area’s agriculture businesses and food & beverage producers.

Food & Agriculture Facts

Peterborough & the Kawarthas, with its unique mix of heritage city, cottage country, and flourishing farmlands, is an out of the ordinary place to live, work and invest.

  • Province-wide, agriculture supports 158,000 jobs with $8.1 billion in wages and salaries.
  • Peterborough’s agriculture sector is well-positioned to grow with an emphasis on innovation that is well-supported by the local post-secondary programs at Fleming College and Trent University and a deeply-rooted interconnection between locally-grown products and the tables of local chefs and restaurateurs.
  • Complementary to agriculture, the region’s strong tourism sector is a driving force for the local economy. With more than 1000 businesses ranging from accommodations and a vibrant restaurant scene to retail, transportation and arts, culture and heritage, much of the tourism landscape is connected to the region’s community-wide commitment to fresh, local food.
  • There are over 350 dining establishments throughout the region and eight farmers’ markets in peak season, making locally-grown food easily accessible to residents and visitors alike.

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