Canadian Food Focus September 2023 Newsletter


What's in Season? Broccoli

Broccoli is a cool weather crop that does not like hot summers and therefore is well suited to Canada’s more temperate climate. Canadian broccoli production is concentrated in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia with some minor production on the Prairies and in the Maritime provinces.


How To Make Family Meals

A Reality

Answering that age-old question of ‘what’s for dinner?’ seems to be getting more and more difficult. Registered Dietitian Dara Gurau shares her top five tips for making family meals a reality.

10 "Cool" Freezer Hacks That Also Reduce Food Waste

While the idea of frozen food might not conjure up the same vibrant image as a meal made from garden fresh ingredients picked that day, a freezer can really go the distance in supporting healthy eating over the long haul. 


Lentils: Good For You And The Environment

Lentils promote sustainability through their low environmental impact, nitrogen-fixing capabilities, water conservation and ability to provide support for biodiversity. Each of these attributes contributes to a more resilient farming system. Incorporating lentils into our diet can be an important step toward creating a more sustainable food system.

What Does "VQA" Mean On Canadian Wine?

Wine sold commercially (at wineries, liquor outlets or grocers) must meet food and beverage safety standards. However, in 1988, a group of Ontario wineries came together to create formal quality standards for Ontario wine. They called it the Vintners Quality Alliance program (VQA). Participation was voluntary and still is.


Celebrating Indigenous Ingredients And Recipes

Indigenous communities have a deep understanding of food harvesting, farming, hunting, and fishing practices that have sustained their health and well-being for generations. Traditional diets consist of foods found in the natural environment, including wild game, fish, and edible plants.

Big Batch Mini Mexican Meat Loaves

Comfort food with a twist! These make-ahead Big Batch Mini Mexican Meat Loaves take the stress out of the weeknight rush. Just 10-12 minutes from the freezer and a delicious meal is on the table fast!

Would you like to improve your cooking skills? Or learn how to cook something different for breakfast, lunch, or supper? Maybe you simply would like to learn a new recipe. Check out the Learn To Cook section on our website and cook along with chefs, home economists, and cookbook authors to create something tasty!

In this lesson, Learn To Cook: Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Welcome to the Ask a Farmer Podcast hosted by Canadian farmer, Clinton Monchuk. In this podcast, Clinton will talk with dietitians, farmers, ranchers and other experts to answer questions about your food and farming. He will explore how your food is grown and raised in Canada, delve into questions you may have about the food system and provide useful information to help you feel more confident about your food choices.

Podcast: How Do You Spot Nutrition Misinformation?

In this podcast, registered dietitian and passionate food and science communicator, Erin MacGregor helps us understand what’s behind some of the marketing information we see online and in food packaging. How do you know what’s credible and what isn’t when we see food-related information?

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