The concept of bringing together local products under one locally branded counter and ensuring product traceability has already made its way into the heart of consumers eager to buy fresh locally produced food since the opening of the four Local Food Counters in grocery stores throughout the region. This is why the idea of a local shop with the addition of coffee-deli was well received by the small community of L’Orignal.

Le Marché Le Local Market is a coffee shop whose mission is to promote agri-food products from producers across the Eastern Ontario’s region in order to concretely increase their sales. In a warm and relaxed atmosphere, it is now possible to enjoy light and healthy meals, have a good coffee or simply buy delicious groceries. We can already count 16 producers and more than 60 products on the shelves. Taking into account that the EOAN has more than 110 members, it confirms that the locavore movement is in full swing.

« The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network has worked consistently to raise awareness about the quality and the variety of local products that are available within Prescott and Russell. Its team was responsible for opening the first “local products counter” in all of Canada, just over two years ago. By doing so, they bring to the forefront the hard work of our local farmers and our agricultural sector,” Gary J. Barton, Mayor of Champlain and Warden of the UCPR.

“We hear all the time that consumers are interested in “buying local,” whether it be farmers’ markets or grocery stores. Now, people who live or work in L’Orignal, have direct access to these products thanks to our new café – with its perfect name, Marché Le Local Market! Thank you for raising the bar when it comes to promoting local food – and congratulations on celebrating another milestone today, with your sixth annual general meeting, » concluded Barton.

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote local foods and help the development of the Agri-food sector in Eastern Ontario and fostering dialogue between its members and partners.