Elgin County’s guide to bringing home unbeatable flavours from local producers evolved over the years from a line drawing to a full-colour map/guide. Then, last summer, the Buy Local Buy Fresh network launched a brand new interactive website version of the map, linked to individual farm pages, Facebook and Twitter.
Since the launch, farmers and businesses on the Buy Local Buy Fresh Map and on the Settlement Stories Quilt Trail have had a unique and dynamic tool for connecting directly and easily with consumers.
There are endless possibilities for tourists, both local and from afar, to use the Map and Trail resources separately or in combination. Clicking on the map icons gives a concise overview, but you can find out the in depth story by clicking on “more”. Use the SEARCH BAR to look for a location by item – type in what you're looking for, like "strawberries” for example, and all the locations on the trail that offer that item will show up. Using MY TRAIL, you can save your favourite destinations or map out a trip integrating By Local Buy Fresh and the Quilt Trail locations for a food and culture tourism adventure.
Just launched, a “Buy Local, By Artisans Trail” will add some new artisan “flavours” for rural trekkers to visit on their own or on a trip integrating the other two trails. And coming soon … “Buy Local Buy Fresh” will be your source for recipes featuring local food and guiding you to the farms where you can pick up the fresh ingredients. Look for new ones every two weeks.