Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Make buying locally a holiday tradition12 December 2016
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is urging the public to buy local as they purchase gifts and food for the holidays.
Interested individuals may visit their local farmers market, or a local butcher or fish merchant as they prepare for holiday feasts. They may also purchase uniquely New Brunswick gifts.
Following are some tips for including local food:
- Choose local produce for your holiday meals, such as potatoes, winter squash, carrots, pumpkins and parsnips.
- Consider starting a new holiday tradition with a New Brunswick recipe such as bannock, chicken fricot, or Fundy Fog pea soup. Recipes can be found on the Tourism New Brunswick website.
- Serving wine, beer or cider at your events or with your meals? Choose from one of New Brunswick's wineries, or local brewers.
- If you are not sure about your local food options, ask your grocer or butcher. If you are dining out, ask your server if there are any local menu options.
- Donate New Brunswick food products to a food bank in your community.
- Check out the BuyNB Facebook page for ideas on how to buy local.
Looking for unique food gifts? Consider giving local food and beverages. A number of New Brunswick producers have gift packages available.
- Try oysters, smoked salmon and Bay of Fundy lobster for the seafood lover on your list.
- Your local farmers market is a great place to buy local jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, salsa and pickles.
- Treat the beer, wine or cider lover in your family to a promotional package from one of New Brunswick’s breweries, wineries or cider houses.
Supporting local food is a key part of the Economic Growth Plan. A 10 per cent boost in provincial agriculture as a result of a broader use of local food and beverage production would result in $67 million more in total GDP. It would also boost employment by nearly 1,100 full time equivalent positions. This boost would benefit hundreds of small- and medium-sized farms and agri-food producers.