Farming has been a way of life and an economic pillar in Grey County since the region was first settled. This agricultural tradition can be traced as far back as when the Petun Nation of the Huron Confederacy cultivated and traded tobacco on a large scale even prior to European contact and settlement. While far enough away to avoid the effects of urbanization on farmland, Grey County is still just 100 kms away for the daily delivery of fresh locally grown food to southern Ontario.
And this is where the Chefs’ Forum comes in, a non-profit organization led by farmers and chefs in Grey County.
Quite simply, the chefs’ Forum strives to link all natural or organic farmers in Grey with commercial buyers across Ontario from the GTA to Collingwood and beyond. First, two annual trade-only shows held in the spring and fall each year allow producers to meet chefs as well as retail and institutional buyers one on one for the purpose of building relationships and sales. Secondly, the Chefs’ Forum web-site creates seamless connections between buyers and growers over the internet.
To learn more visit: http://greycountychefsforum.ca