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Kawartha Region Local Food Wholesale

Are you a local food buyer?

You are invited to participate in an exciting new project that seeks to support expanded production, wholesale marketing and purchasing of local food within Kawartha Lakes, the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County. 

The Kawartha Region Local Food Wholesale Project aims to build the capacity of the local economy in providing local food to consumers through expanded local food utilization by food service, restaurant, retail, and institutional businesses. 

hands adding ingredients to a homemade pizza

The deadline to apply is December 22, 2023. Spaces are limited.

Food Buyer Benefits

Individual food buyers participating in this project will be better able to provide locally produced products that consumers increasingly desire. These local ingredients will be fresher, have a longer shelf-life, and have more predictable prices. While some products will be seasonal, buyers will learn how to build an appreciation of this leading to more dedicated customers. 

Participating local food producers and food buyers will build mutual understanding and lasting relationships while identifying a wholesale model that works for both sides of the wholesale relationship. By doing this together, with the assistance of a team of expert advisors, the group can expand access, networks of collaboration and support, and create greater availability of locally produced foods through local wholesale channels. 

Gary Hoyer wearing a chef's uniform in an industrial kitchen

Food Buyer Training

Buyer training and coaching will be provided by Gary Hoyer, of Sustainable Good Food Consulting. As a restauranteur, chef and general manager in the food service industry, and now as a consultant, professor and researcher, he specializes in retail and institutional local food systems, purchasing and preparation.  

Training Topics

The similarities and differences between local and global agri-foods. 

The benefits of supporting local food in our community. 

How to connect with local food producers and suppliers. 

Making buying and using local products easy (ordering and delivery, storage, and production). 

Strategies for selling local products profitably – how to effectively incorporate, market, promote, cost, and price local products for your operation. 

Educating and exciting your staff and customers about local foods. 

Identifying the local food benefits of increased shelf-life, flavor, freshness, and provenance. 

Next Steps for Interested Local Food Buyers:

Step 1: Expression of Interest  

To register for this project, complete this short Expression of Interest Form. Tell us why you are interested in this project and what you hope to achieve by participating. Please note spaces are limited.  The deadline to apply is December 22, 2023

Step 2: Follow-up Questions 

After completing this Expression of Interest, you will be contacted within 7 days to collect additional information for our team of advisors to determine the most appropriate training and coaching.  

All information collected about your business will be kept confidential. Contact information will be used only for communications within this project. Other information provided in your responses will be used to guide the development of training and coaching within this project.

To register for this project, complete this short Expression of Interest Form. Tell us why you are interested in this project and what you hope to achieve by participating. 

For additional information contact: 

Gabi Dragomir

Gabi Dragomir

Rural Economic Development Officer

Cell: 705-872-6224

Erika Inglis

Erika Inglis

Project Coordinator

Cell: 705-872-6529

If you are a business in Kawartha Lakes, visit the project portal here:

This project is a collaborative partnership between Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and the City of Kawartha Lakes. This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.