There are many tasty treats to enjoy at the 141st Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also known as the Ex), Toronto’s most iconic summer celebration. Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) food safety inspectors are working on site, behind the scenes, from opening day to Labour Day to inspect all food establishments to help ensure that residents are kept safe from foodborne illnesses.
The way food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of food. DineSafe is TPH’s food safety program that inspects all establishments serving and preparing food in the city. TPH’s food safety inspectors’ work helps to make sure that residents and visitors can dine out in Toronto confident that food has been prepared in safe and healthy environments. For special and large-scale events like the Ex, TPH plans ahead and works with organizers to ensure that food safety is top of mind.
From now until closing day at the Ex, TPH will conduct food safety inspections of all food and drink stands, carts, kiosks and trucks on the midway and in the buildings so people can enjoy their food and beverages knowing that the places where they eat and drink are providing safe and healthy food options.
Similar to other food establishments in Toronto, all locations where food is sold at the Ex are required to post their food safety inspection results in a visible location. Continue reading “Enjoy all the tastes the Ex has to offer!”
Ontario’s tender fruit is in season now – enjoy a tasty treat
Summer is in full swing, and so are Ontario’s peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots and Coronation grapes. Pick up an array of these sweet treats while they are at their most ripe and flavourful at your local grocery stores, on-farm markets and farmers’ markets across the province.
“Our hardworking farmers are harvesting a bounty of healthy, delicious tender fruit for you to enjoy right now,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I invite everyone to eat, drink and be ‘cherry’ this summer with Ontario’s terrific tender fruits.”
“Summer is here, and that means consumers across Ontario can enjoy the sun and the wonderfully sweet tree-ripened fruit that farmers have nurtured over the spring,” said Sarah Marahall, Manager of Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. “We encourage everyone to overindulge in peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, apricots and pears before the trees and vines take a rest in the fall.”
Ontario’s tender fruit is delicious and nutritious. Peaches, nectarines and apricots are a good source of vitamin C, while pears are a great source of fibre. Plums are high in potassium, and cherries and grapes are high in antioxidants and folic acid.
Recipe: Plum Ginger Jam
You’ll need about 2 lbs (1 kg) of plums (about 15 medium) for this recipe.
To remove pits from plums, cut in half through the stem and twist to separate the halves. Repeat, cutting the half that still has the pit in half, then twisting the stone from the center. This technique helps a lot when the pits are tightly imbedded in slightly underripe fruit. Continue reading “Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet”
To make the most of your festive meal this Thanksgiving, be sure to include locally grown and harvested food and beverages. Local food is healthy and delicious, and supporting local farmers across Ontario is a great way to celebrate those who grow, produce and harvest the good things we eat and drink.
Here are some quick tips to make the most of Ontario’s harvest:
- Turkey Tips – Smoke, roast or barbecue a locally raised turkey. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and low in cholesterol and sodium, making it the perfect centrepiece of your meal. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’s makesitsuper.ca.
- Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – To help ensure your holiday meal is prepared safely, follow four simple steps. Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment well and often. Separate cooked or ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, other uncooked foods or contaminated utensils. Cook food thoroughly, and chill leftovers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
- Family Favourite Recipes – Whether your family loves tradition or likes to try new things, Foodland Ontario has a number of simple recipes that are a delicious way to feature Ontario’s bounty on your table.
- Local Ingredients – Choosing local ingredients from the abundance of Ontario’s harvest is easy at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and on-farm markets. Visit Harvest Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh to learn more about where to buy local. The Foodland Ontario logo makes it easy to find local products where you shop.
- Celebrating the Feast – Raise your glass of local Ontario wine, craft beer or ciderthis Thanksgiving. Continue reading “This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness”