Local food list links Sask. consumers, producers

SaskFoodFind.com aims to connect consumers with producers of locally grown food.

The website, launched at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June, is a creation of Simply Agriculture Solutions Inc. Executive director Tamara Weir-Shields said the idea is to act as a hub where producers can register as suppliers.

The only requirement is that the food is produced in Saskatchewan.

“It’s not limited to organic,” Weir-Shields said. “It can be CSA (community supported agriculture) or someone who realizes in September they have 300 extra pounds of potatoes.”

Until Sept. 1, it’s free for producers to list on the site. After that there is a fee, depending on how long the seller wants to sign up. It will range from one month at $50 to one year at $360.

“We recognize that not everyone needs a full-year subscription,” she said.

Smaller producers might not have the resources to put into marketing but are putting a lot of effort into growing produce or making food products that contain the local food consumers want.

Weir-Shields said there have been other attempts to create local food lists, but often they use government program funding and when the program ends, there is no one to update the site.

“It’s a pretty simple concept,” she said. “We hope it catches on.”

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