It was February 2013 and Terra et Silva was searching for opportunities to collaborate with local farmers. We were on a mission to source local food for our new business endeavours.
It was at the annual Taste Real, Source It Here event where we connected with Gerry from Drumlin Farm, located in Puslinch ON. We were instantly drawn to their list of organic heirloom vegetables.
We related to their food philosophies and growing practices and were thrilled with their open invitation to visit the farm. It was only natural for our two businesses to collaborate and highlight the unique taste of simple yet delicious ingredients to the communities we service.
Our collaborations ranged from weekly on-farm catered lunches for the Drumlin Farm staff to catering on-farm workshops for CSA members and local farmers. We also partnered during community food events like Taste of Guelph. Did you try our Smoked Chantecler Chicken Tostada?
In each case, the food shared at the events was sourced entirely from Drumlin Farm. At every chance, Terra et Silva helped to harvest the produce then prepared tastings that brought forth the beautiful integrity behind each ingredient.
The great thing about starting our business is connecting with the other businesses and sharing our entrepreneurial stories of struggles and success. It’s these relationships that allow a start-up local business like us to connect and relate, expand our list of prospects and contribute to causes that are harnessed through powerful collaborative efforts.
Twelve months later, and another opportunity to be a part of the Taste Real Source It Here event has arrived. This year Terra et Silva is part of the planning committee, which is awesome! What we’re looking forward to most is meeting new businesses, seeing familiar faces and sharing our story and how we’ve grown, since last year.
What’s On Your Plate?
Taste Real’s 2014 Local Food Networking Event and Tradeshow
February 25th, Loyola House at Ignatius Jesuit Centre