Tourism Oxford releases new map showcasing local agricultural hotspots

By Bruce Chessell, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Tourism Oxford wants you to find your next food adventure.

The Oxford County Federation of Agriculture (OCFA) and Tourism Oxford joined together to create a new 2017 edition of the Oxford Fresh Map, a comprehensive guide to local food producers, farmers' markets and other fresh food donations in the county.

There are 54 locations on the map, covering all corners of Oxford and highlighting locally grown and prepared products from fruits and vegetables to award-winning cheeses, artisan chocolate and craft beers.

The map will also celebrate Oxford County's farmers and producers by telling a few stories of their labours of love.

OCFA communications and administrative co-ordinator Laura Fraser said the federation is proud to be partnering with Tourism Oxford to make sourcing fresh and local goods easy and affordable for everyone.

"Buying local supports farmers and producers in your community, helping to sustain these farms for future generations," Fraser said. "Food that is grown locally is fresher, has more flavour, contains fewer preservatives and promotes a cleaner environment.

"This map is the perfect tool to experience what Oxford County producers have to offer."

Initiatives like the Oxford Fresh Map are efforts being made by the county to help create connections between the consumers and producers to help grow the agri-tourism sector.

Tourism specialist Meredith Maywood said the new map is a guide to filling someone's plate with "quality old-school farm fresh products."

"The map has producers from across the county, sharing the best food stories from Tavistock to Tillsonburg or Embro to Drumbo," Maywood said. "The new Oxford Fresh Map is an absolute must for anyone looking to enjoy a farm to table food experience this year."

The map is available right now at tourism kiosks, visitor information centres and attractions across Oxford, including local libraries, farmers markets and stops on the Oxford Fresh Map.