Eat Local, Taste Global

Local farmers are going global – in their crops, that is. More and more, Ontario farmers are growing global flavours to deliver a diverse array of fresh and flavourful vegetables that hail from around the world. Bottle gourd, Asian eggplant, tomatillos, and yard-long beans are just some of the world crops that are starting to grow in Ontario’s farms and markets. This means fresh, tasty, and nutritious produce without the environmental burden of long-distance travel. 

We can all learn a lot about healthy and tasty foods by looking at other cultures. Here at The Stop, we’ve been discovering all sorts of ways to enjoy these diverse foods, and we're excited to share what we’ve learned. Learn how to shop for, store, and cook these vegetables yourself! You’ll be supporting Ontario farmers who are vital to a thriving local food system while expanding your culinary horizons.

Click on the links in the sidebar to download information on eight world crops that are starting to be grown locally and try some of our suggested recipes from around the world! Have a winning recipe or technique of your own? Feel free to share it with us. We’d love to try it out here in our kitchens as well.

Like The Stop’s Farmers’ Market page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to hear what we’ve got in store each week. And check out our friends at the World Crops Project. They're up to some real culinary creativity with world crops and they post their recipes regularly!

Eat Local, Taste Global is run in partnership with the Vineland Information and Research Centre.

Download an excerpt of the Eat Local, Taste Global companion book, which provides information on how to grow, source, and cook world crops like okra, bok choy, bottle gourd, and yard-long beans. You can get a copy of the book at the Green Barn Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8AM to 12PM.


An introduction to the Eat Local, Taste Global project:


Cooking with bok choy (click here to download the recipe):


Cooking with okra (Gumbo):

Cooking with okra (poppy seed masala):


Cooking with tomatillos (salsa verde a la Sabor Latino; download the recipe):


Cooking with Asian eggplant (eggplant curry):


Cooking with fenugreek (aloo methi sabji; download the recipe):


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