We commit to a local food system

The goal of Eat Local Grey Bruce is to make it easier for consumers to make good food choices and for farmers to make good growing choices. Good choices are those that improve and support our health, the local economy, animal welfare, biodiversity and environment.

In a complex food system, simple answers can seem elusive. By building a closer relationship between food producers and consumers, Eat Local Grey Bruce hopes to foster a conversation about food and agriculture, by asking constructive questions and finding answers together.

Our producers use a variety of practices, from certified organic and biodynamic, to certified naturally grown, non-certified organic, and conventional. What is common to all our producers is a passion for good food, community, constant learning and adaptation. We think transparent communication about each producer’s growing practices is more important than limiting ourselves to a particular type of production system. We encourage you to get to know your farmers, learn about their practices and ask questions.

Product Policies

Preferential Levels

Products sold on the Eat Local Grey Bruce online store are given preference based on the following hierarchy:
Level 1: Ecologically-produced local food
Level 2: Locally-produced food
Level 3: Certified Organic Ontario-produced food
Level 4: Ecologically-produced Ontario food
Level 5: Ontario-produced food
Level 6: Imported – Certified organic food.

Vegetables & Fruit

Eat Local Grey Bruce Co-operative will sell only locally-grown vegetables & fruit from June 1st to October 31st or as they are available.

Meat Products

Eat Local Grey Bruce Co-operative will sell only locally-grown meat products year-round.

Non-food Products

Non-food products (i.e. wool, books, preserving equipment, ELGB promotional items) may be sold with board approval. Preference will be given to products of Ontario first, then to products of Canada, then to Internationally-made products.

Food additives

Products containing food additives (such as artificial sweeteners, high glucose corn syrup or MSG) will not be sold at the co-op unless those food additives are more or less essential to the preservation of that product (i.e. nitrites in deli meat) or unless otherwise deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. Flours that were desiccated with a glyphosate product shall not be allowed.

Food Labelling Policies

Informational sheets about ELGB producers and their products will be made available on the website as soon as possible (pending staffing) after a new product enters the online store. Other labelling that provides an educational benefit to members and customers will be completed as time and staffing allows.

Must be labeled in accordance with Local Health Unit standards – i.e. ingredients and contact info.

Definitions

Locally-produced food

Whole food products (i.e. vegetables, meat, etc) grown within a 120km radius from Owen Sound. OR value-added food products (i.e. jams, pickles, pies) that are made within 120-km radius of Owen Sound and contains at least one main ingredient grown within a 120-km radius of Owen Sound.

Ontario-produced food

Whole food products grown within the province of Ontario or value-added food products that are made in Ontario and contain at least one main ingredient grown within Ontario unless the main ingredients are not commercially grown within Ontario. Preferential treatment for products that do not contain GMOs.

Certified organic food

Food products that have been certified by a regulatory body as meeting all the requirements of organic food production and that are labelled as such.

Ecologically-grown food

Meat:
Humanely-raised (i.e. access to pasture during the summer months and adequate space over the winter)
Free of growth hormones and sub-therapeutic antibiotics
Non-GMO feed

Produce:
Free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Free from chemical pesticides and fertilizers