Eating locally and seasonally is all about getting creative. The same goes for producing local food. On Sunday, August 18, Savour Ottawa hopes to highlight our local producers at the Harvest Table lunch, and all of the ingenuity that goes into everything they grow, raise, and make.

Kricklewood Farm is a perfect example. Dale Horeczy and Brad Daily understood that the sunflower is more than just a beautiful plant – it is a source of nutrition and a business opportunity. This summer they launched Ottawa Region’s first Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil, made with sunflowers grown on their farm near Frankville.

Thom van Eegen & Fay Armitage saw an opportunity with an animal native to Ontario that you wouldn’t at first picture in your “Works” burger. They raise more than 90 elk at a free-range ranch in Kanata. From steaks to sausages to roasts to burgers, anything can be made from elk. Occasionally a dog owner will even buy antlers as a chew toy.

In a northern climate with tough winters, how do you get fresh local vegetables and fruit year-round? Bryson Farms solved this problem. With an extensive network of greenhouses, Terry Stewart and Stuart Collins are able to produce their heirloom organic vegetables year-round. Several years ago they also began flash freezing their tomatoes and other produce to sell. These farmers think of everything – they even offer home delivery!

Near Oxford Mills Louis Gaal and Claire Faguy have turned a nineteenth century apple orchard into Blue Gypsy Wines. They use everything except grapes to make their fruit wines, and most of it is grown on their farm or within a 50km radius. It’s time to expand your definition of wine, as Blue Gypsy offers a wide range from apple maple and ginger wine to honey mead – all made with local products!

Lunch is served en famille style, so you can share the creative dishes with other diners and the producers themselves. With a producer seated at every table, you can ask questions about their farm, creativity, and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

For a full list of participating farms and restaurants, please visit www.savourottawa.ca/harvesttable.

Tickets are going fast! Tickets can be purchased online at http://harvesttable2013.eventbrite.com/ or on Sundays at the Brewer Park Ottawa Farmers’ Market (where cash will only be accepted).

This guest post was by Jessica Sims, coordinator of Savour Ottawa’s Harvest Table. She is a marketing and communications professional living in Ottawa, with passions for food and writing. After receiving a degree in journalism from Carleton University, Jessica began her career reporting on agricultural issues in eastern Ontario. She then left reporting to learn about the restaurant business. She remains closely tied to Ottawa’s culinary community and specializes in food business promotions.

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