LOCAL ORGANIC PRODUCTS À LA CARTE!
"Hey Marie, come and see. I think you’ll be happy here. This menu is really great. There are even organic dishes!" Hearing the magical word, Marie rushed to her spouse and devoured the menu with her eyes. "Great, they have bread made of organic flour, but also dishes with organic food!" said the young woman. It was decided - the couple found the right restaurant for their lovebirds dinner.
Local organic products are worth their weight in gold in all food areas. Putting local organic produce on their menus is definitely a big plus for restaurateurs and caterers. The use of foods from organic farming constitutes an undeniable appeal for customers of these establishments which today have various ways of buying nearby.
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT’S ECOLOGICAL!
The organic production method contributes greatly to preserving the quality of our environment. It allows the quality of soil and water to be improved, ensures the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. When it’s nearby organic, added value increases even more! No wonder, then, that most Quebecers consume organic products from here! They know that strict enforcement of environmental production standards for crops and livestock guarantee the best performance in this regard. Annual audits by independent bodies provide an excellent guarantee of compliance with these standards.
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT TASTES GOOD!
More and more Quebecers are consuming local organic food because they appreciate its flavour. In 2017, 72% of consumers said they were influenced by the "taste" factor in their decision to purchase an organic product. And they are right, because the requirements associated with this production method does have a significant impact on the texture and taste of the food. A carrot that grows more slowly will benefit more from the nutrients in the biological activity of the soil to deliver its distinctive taste that will delight consumers. International experts also acknowledge the good taste of organic dairy, especially during many cheese-tasting contests where many Quebec businesses stand out in receiving awards and distinctions.
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT’S ACCESSIBLE!
Many Quebec retailers offer local organic food. To find those which are closest to you, the lequebecbio.com site offers a georeferenced map indicating the specialty stores and supermarkets that offer local organic products. A map of the Équiterre organization which groups together the companies in the "Fermiers de famille (Family farmers)" network with their contact details and drop points for collecting organic baskets, can also be found on the site.
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT’S PROFITABLE!
Is the extra financial effort for restaurateurs to offer local organic on their menus really worth the cost? This question may arise, but the answer is positive all the time. First, prices of several organic products tend to be closer to those of other types of products. For example, various organic flours available in large sizes can be found at prices almost equivalent to those of other flours.
As food professionals, restaurateurs and caterers are usually the best ambassadors for new consumer trends and are also those who can respond to them directly. Offering dishes with a local organic flavour allows them to develop their clientele and even increase their traffic, in addition to positioning themselves advantageously in a social movement that emphasizes environmental values.
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT’S EASY TO COOK!
We often hear the question: "Yes, organic is good, but how do you cook an organic product?" – An easy answer: "Just like any other products!" Simply apply the known recipes by replacing the traditional ingredients with the same ingredients, but, this time, ensure they are certified organic.
Careful though, there may be a few pleasant surprises that require some adjustments, like the one experienced by a caterer who for the first time cooked forty organic chicken breasts and had to face the fact: his regular stove was too small to hold them all. In fact, organic chickens have longer breeding periods, resulting in much larger pieces of meat!
LOCAL ORGANIC, IT’S WORTH IT!
Marie and her husband had a great time and will recommend the restaurant to their friends. Eating well with the assurance that it is also good for the environment and health, increases everyone’s rate of satisfaction!
Offering organic products from here
is a winning choice for everyone!