The much-anticipated York Farm Fresh 2018 Guide Map is out, ready to help those in the region pinpoint all of the local farm fresh food and fun nearby.
This year’s map, launched by the York Farm Fresh Association (YFFA), has a total of 30 farms, 11 farmers’ markets, and 18 food and fair events, along with all of the information needed to plan a visit.
New to this year’s farm fresh map is an exciting Passport to Fresh contest program, an incentive for local consumers to get out and visit their local farms this summer.
Through the program, visitors can collect stamps every time they visit one of the 30 farms. The more visits, the more entries into the contest, and the greater likelihood of winning the Thanksgiving Harvest Basket at the end of the season, valued at over $250!
Every 5 visits will equal one entry to the contest, 15 visits equal 3 entries, 25 visits equal 5 entries, and a full card will result in 10 entries.
Nikki Simpson, Chair of the YFFA, explained on 105.9’s The Feed (beginning at around the 16 minute mark), the idea is “to promote local food, encourage people to visit local farms, know their farmers, and really support the local economy.”
If you’re in the area, watch for the new York Farm Fresh signs on farm gates throughout the region, which indicate members offering farm gate sales.
The various farms have an array of options available like fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, pick-your-own, meat, and plenty of family activities.
In addition to being available online, the map is also available in hard copy at the listed farms, markets and events, as well as at the local township offices.
The YFFA, formed in January 2018, is a registered non-profit association of York Region farmers, farmers’ markets, small food processors and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in promoting locally-produced, farm fresh food.
For more information, check out YorkFarmFresh.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.