Deep Roots Food Hub, Ottawa Public Health, and Sustain West Carleton have partnered to implement the designation of Nicholls General Store as a Good Food Corner Store. Developed by Ottawa Public Health, the goal the Good Food Corner Store initiative is to get more fresh produce and healthy staple items onto the shelves of corner stores, especially in neighbourhoods that lack a full-scale grocery store. Participating stores have agreed to carry at least three different fresh vegetables, three different fresh fruits and at least two whole-grain products, low-fat milk products and meat alternatives such as beans, canned fish, eggs, lentils or tofu. Nicholls General Store will be the first establishment in West Carleton to receive this designation and will celebrate the launch on September 9, 2017. There are currently four other stores in Ottawa with such designation.
Despite the rain and icy roads on Tuesday night over 40 people came out to Deep Roots Food Hub’s first year-end celebration and AGM at the Constance Bay Legion.
The highlight of the evening was Councillor Eli El-Chantiry’s site update for the community root cellar. A suitable site on City property in the heart of West Carleton has been identified. Deep Roots Food Hub is working closely with Councillor El-Chantiry to meet the conditions to secure the property so that the root cellar is ready this fall when farmers are pulling their harvests from the fields.
As DRFH co-chair Judi Varga-toth expressed with excitement, “the search for a home for our root cellar has been long and challenging, and we would not have been able to do it without the support and guidance of our City Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, and our many partners and supporters.”