Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2007 Lucknow Regional Award Winners

Stoneyfield Elk Farm - Grey County

Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell; Barbara Kay; David Harper

(Left to right: Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell; Barbara Kay; David Harper)

Providing a market for all seasons. David Harper, of Stoneyfield Elk Farm, took the initiative to design and implement this idea with a marketing/distribution business in response to consumer demand for locally-produced food products. The store has enabled local farmers to receive additional income with little or no investment. Vendors are responsible for keeping their shelf space stocked and receive 90 per cent of the retail sale price in return. At this store, fresh, locally-produced foods are available year-round. The business model for this innovation could be easily implemented in other towns across Ontario to boost the local economy, the community and the environment.

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