Mike Ferguson of the Cumberland Regional Development Authority shows off some of the fresh local products promoted in the the new Fresh to You brochure. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
SPRINGHILL - Finding fresh, local foods just got a lot easier in Cumberland County.
Spearheaded by the Cumberland Regional Development Authority and the local community health boards, a new "Fresh to You" brochure has been launched to help direct customers to local farms for fresh products of their choice.
Twenty-nine farms from around the county and three community farmer's markets have participated in the first brochure for Cumberland County, offering fresh products such as fruit, seafood, meat, vegetables and maple products.
The project benefits economic development in the county by supporting local producers, and also promotes healthier living, according to Mike Ferguson, business development officer with the Cumberland RDA.
"There's the public health aspect of food security, and the health benefits of eating local, fresh produce," he explained. "There's also the cultural benefits of going and meeting those who produce your food."
With the main interests of the program being marketing and public health, it is perhaps no surprise that the biggest funding partners of the program are the provincial departments of agriculture and health.
(For the full story, see the July 28 issue of The Citizen-Record)