For six weeks in September and October, our Thursday’s ‘Dinner in the Bag’ will be created using ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers located within 100 miles of the store. This is a considerable challenge as ingredients like rice, most dried beans, many grains, olive oil, lemons, sugar and chocolate must all be eliminated. A few exceptions will be made for essentials, such as salt and spices – but not many.
The reasons we choose to participate in the 100 mile diet are plenty but for one, we know our farmers and suppliers and can ask questions about how the products are grown. You gain an immense appreciation for the hard work these families put into growing delicious, safe crops. As well as that, buying locally means your food has traveled significantly less than products you’ll find at the supermarket, meaning you’ve taken an active step towards minimizing your ecological impact. Saving the planet one delicious meal at a time? We like to think of it that way!
Farmers (and their families) featured in this year’s 100-mile celebration include Enright Family Beef Farm, Pickle Patch Organic Pork Farm, Ferme Rêveuse Pastured Chicken, Against-the-Grain Farms, Le Coprin Mushroom Farm, Hall’s Apple Orchard, Alska Farm maple syrup, Moulin des Cèdres grains, St. Albert Cheese Factory, Rideau Pines Farm, Suntech Greenhouses, Canneberges Outaouais, and Roots & Shoots Family Farm to name a few.
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We’re excited to share that The Red Apron was featured in the latest issue of Edible Ottawa, focusing on the 100 Mile Menu as well as the importance of our relationships with our farmers, and how we manage to get the most locally sourced ingredients from the land, to our kitchen and, most importantly, to your family table. “Shop Local” isn’t just a gimmick for us, it’s a philosophy we’ve lived by since the store opened 12 years ago, when it wasn’t as accessible as it is now.
On a steamy hot day in late August, we welcomed one of Edible Ottawa’s photographers, Amy Zambonin, into the shop to witness what an afternoon at The Red Apron looked like. There was hustle and bustle, plates of delicious food laid out, a buzzing kitchen and plenty of laughs. We couldn’t have been more thrilled to show off the team that keeps The Red Apron engine chugging along each day. Seeing our staff, food, farmers and shop in print has us squealing with delight!
To grab a copy for yourself, check out their list of stockists here.