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Growing the Local Food Wholesale Market in Kawartha Region

Are you a local food producer?

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. 

Through this project, we believe that individual producers will be able to scale up and add expertise to their operation, freeing up time spent on marketing and distribution to focus on production and increased profitability. 

Fresh spinach and peppers displayed at a farmers' market

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

Producer Benefits

Participating local food producers and food buyers will build mutual understanding and lasting relationships and identify wholesale models that work 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.  

What benefits will this provide local food producers? 

  • The utilization of an economy of scale will provide more time for farming and other interests by reducing time selling and delivering. 
  • The ability to concentrate on the products each producer most enjoys producing. 
  • Higher farm profits overall, even with possibly lower farmgate prices. 
  • The chance to learn new skills to improve each farming operation and address common challenges. 
  • The opportunity to learn new business management skills. 
  • Knowledge of the unique needs of buyers who are interested in sourcing quality local food and the tools to work together to build a successful local food wholesale network. 
David Cohlmeyer speaks to two men and a woman with a piece of farm equipment in front of them.

Producer Training

Producer training and coaching will be provided by David Cohlmeyer of Sustainable Good Food Consulting.  David was the founder and former owner of Cookstown Greens and has decades of experience working with both farmers and chefs.  

Training Topics

Production Planning



Food Safety Requirements

Market Development

Business Planning

Finding Sources of Funding

Next Steps for Interested Local Producers:

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 

Within 7 days of completing this Expression of Interest, the Project Coordinator will contact you to collect additional information to determine an appropriate training and personalized coaching plan.  

All information collected about your business will be kept confidential. Contact information will only be used for communications within this project by the project team. 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.