Provincial ‘foodies’ at the Fall Fair

Letter to the Editor regarding the North Thompson Food Action from Cheryl Thomas

To the editor,

“Foodies” from all over the province enjoyed the NT Fall Fair held at the Fall Fair grounds in Barriere, BC on the Labour Day weekend.

The variety of food available at the Fair was notable.  From beaver tails to fresh squeezed lemonade – from fish and chips to haystacks – from hot dogs and hamburgers to corn on the cob – it was available.

Over by the brand new Agri-Plex, NT Food Action group members handed out packets of locally grown sunflower seeds – complete with the web site and contact information on them – along with brochures depicting some ‘still images’ of the web site and lots of verbal information about why we produced a web site containing all sorts of information about our valley’s food supply and beyond.

We spoke with interested peoples from Prince George to the Lower Mainland, and of course we spoke with many valley residents. We talked all the Foodie topics: “buying local” topped the list, but there was also conversations about master gardeners and how they will travel to lend their expertise; food policy councils – their development and good work; support systems like the BC Food Systems network, and the exchange of cards happened.

We invite you to visit the web site and to visit often – bcfoodactionnetwork.com: We have listed: restaurants and all sorts of food outlets, equipment dealers, farm gate sales, farmers markets, grocery stores, and so much more.  Listings are free.  We would appreciate it if you could zip over there and see what is missing, note any mistakes or things we might have overlooked and contact us with your comments.  Thanks.

Please note that there are opportunities to advertise on the site and also to sponsor this website.  As you can imagine ‘sustainability’ is always the issue and to keep things current we will need to maintain a web-mumma or poppa. It is a win-win situation.

Thanks for stopping by our booth.  Thanks to the folks at the Fair for having us.

Cheryl Thomas

Member of the NT Food Action folks