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Two Rivers Food Hub: Building Local Food in Our Community

Monday, March 9th

The Branch Restaurant (15 Clothier St. East, Kemptville)

6:45 pm for a 7 pm start.

There are so many reasons to eat local. It connects us to the food and farmers of our region, it supports farmers locally and creates economic opportunity in rural areas. It offers us fresh, healthy, high quality foods. Eating local is a delicious and educational way to make an environmental and economic contribution to our communities.

The problem is that local food can be hard to find. The demand for local food has been steadily growing for years, consistently exceeding the supply. It is very hard to find local food in mainstream stores and restaurants. Most of the small and medium scale infrastructure needed for a complete local food system such as storage, warehousing and processing has been dismantled over the last several decades. The Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls is hoping to change that.

The Two Rivers Food Hub is a grass roots, not for profit, community based enterprise aimed at filling the gap in the supply chain between producers and buyers, making local, fresh, sustainably produced food available to everyone in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. Located at the Gallipeau Centre (formerly the Rideau Regional Centre), the Food Hub operates several commercial grade kitchens that can be rented by farmers or food processors, as well as coolers, freezers, warehousing and storage for local products.

On March 9, Sustainable North Grenville is happy to present Matt Brearley, general manager of the Two Rivers Food Hub. Matt will provide an overview of the food hub and the opportunities to be involved – as a farmer, a food business, a buyer, or a supporter.

Matt is a graduate of Stratford Chef School, and was the owner and chef of the acclaimed Castlegarth restaurant for over ten years. He grew up on a beef farm outside of Arnprior, where his family also grew vegetables for the restaurant. Matt also worked as the executive chef of St. Paul’s University. He has been a leader in the farm to fork movement, and continues this work through his involvement with the Two Rivers Food Hub.

As part of the discussion, you will also hear about other local food initiatives right here in North Grenville that will help to satisfy our growing appetite for local food.

Local snacks provided as always by The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill, and a cash bar will also be available.

For more information on the Two Rivers Food Hub, please see: