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The Ottawa Food Hub is a brand new aggregator and online marketplace of locally grown and prepared food in the National Capital region. We make it possible for farmers to work together to meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food. Farmers benefit from the marketing, selling, and delivering of their produce and prepared foods. The Ottawa Food Hub brings fresh, healthy, locally grown food to you, the buyer, in a cost-effective manner on a weekly basis.

Ordering from the Ottawa Food Hub helps to support our community, and to preserve our precious agricultural land for future use.

 WHAT IS THIS NEW FOOD HUB?

Wholesale is an important next step for local food to gain market share in this region. Food Hubs are local food infrastructure that aggregates and promotes product from regional producers to meet demand from wholesale buyers of all sizes, interested in buying local food.

The Ottawa Food Hub has an online portal, powered by Local Food Marketplace, where producers list their products and set their own price. Buyers then log into the system and purchase products from multiple producers at once. All producers then bring their product to the Ottawa Food Hub in order to sort, aggregate, and deliver the products to wholesale buyers.

The Ottawa Food Hub is the first and only food hub in Ontario to have GFSI certified traceability standards available for regional buyers! The Ottawa Food Hub thus opens new market channels for local food enterprises and regional wholesale food buyers, channels that are only available with these traceability standards—a significant benefit for both farmers and larger buyers looking to increase their local food purchases.

 A ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR FOOD PURCHASERS

Visit our Product List page to see the amazing diversity of food that is available in our region. We're growing and so is our product list. Worried that we might not have everything you're looking for? Don't fear—if products are not available from our producers at this time of year, similar product from Ontario or Quebec automatically takes its place! Check the website weekly for new items.

 GETTING STARTED

PRODUCERS! Are you a local farmer looking for an opportunity to expand your production while ensuring a market for excess crop? Register as a Producer and let us know what you are interested in selling through the Ottawa Food Hub.

CUSTOMERS! Would you prefer to buy fresh healthy food from local farmers? Are you interested in reducing your carbon footprint? If you're ready, Register as a CustomerAnd join our Email List to stay informed about the Ottawa Food Hub.

The Ottawa Food Hub project is made possible in part with the financial support from the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund:

www.ontariofresh.ca               www.greenbeltfund.ca