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Finding Fresh Vegetables and Fruits in Ottawa Markets

A Taste of Your Local Market- 2016

Community Food Advisors will make food come alive at Ottawa area markets this summer! Join them to learn more about delicious and nutritious pulses- dried beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. (Power of Pulses [PDF 1.9 MB])

Community Food Advisors are trained volunteers who:

  • Provide taste testing of market products
  • Offer tips on buying, storing and the safe preparation of food
  • Teach basic food skills through food demonstrations and presentations

Stop by to see Ottawa Public Health’s Community Food Advisors at the following markets this summer: 




 ByWard Market

Saturday, September 3, 2016 Thursday, September 22, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carp Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 3, 2016 

10 a.m. to noon

Cumberland Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 24, 2016 

9 to 11 a.m.

Metcalfe Farmers’ Market

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016

9:30 a.m. to noon

Beechwood Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 10, 2016 

 9 to 11 a.m.

Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Westboro)

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016

 10 a.m. to noon

Parkdale Market

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, Septem17, 2016

10 a.m. to noon

For more information, call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744, ext. 23403 or email

Fact Sheet and Recipe Library

 Factsheets | Recipes




A Guide to Eating Fish for Women, Children and Families [ PDF 51.1 KB ]  

 Is fish good for me? Are there risks to eating fish?

A Taste of Your Local Market – Put a spin on spinach and squash [1.1 MB]

Get the most out of local fresh spinach and squash

Cooking with Herbs and Spices [ PDF 809.22 KB ]

Herbs and spices add flavour and variety to food
Food Skills Questionnaire [ PDF 215.15 KB ] 
Food skills are necessary for people who provide and prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their households.
 Your weekly grocery bill can cost you less! By following these steps, you should be able to get the best value from your food dollar. 

Tips for filling your grocery cart with healthy, money-smart choices.

I Love to Cook and Play is designed to be a community-based program for children and youth

aged six to twelve that supports the implementation of Ottawa Public Health’s Healthy Eating
and Active Living Guidelines.

Ingredient Substitutions [ PDF 231.67 KB ] 
If you are missing an ingredient, you may have something in your kitchen that you can use instead.
Kitchen Safety Tips [ PDF 216.35 KB ] 
Be safe in the kitchen by following these easy tips.
Knife Handling and Safety [ PDF 218.85 KB ] 
Knives are useful tools for preparing food, but they can also be dangerous.
Loving Your Leftovers [ PDF 250.28 KB ] 
 Leftovers save money and time and also helps reduce food waste.
Microwave Cooking [ PDF 258.31 KB ] 
Microwave cooking is a fast and easy way to thaw, cook and reheat foods.
Power of Pulses [PDF 1.9 MB]
Pulses are nutritional powerhouses that taste great, are low in cost, and are good for the environment.
Legumes are the family of dry peas, dry beans and lentils

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Black Bean and Corn Salad 
[ PDF 173.44 KB ]
 Vegetarians and those who want to cut down on the amount of meat can eat more meat alternatives, like legumes. 
Big Batch Vegetarian Chili 
[ PDF 127.76 KB ]
This recipe freezes well! Makes about 16 cups (4 litres) 
Pasta with Walnuts and Vegetables 
Healthy Salad Dressing 
[ PDF 48.25 KB ]
 Add dressing to your favourite salad. A serving size is 1 tablespoon or 15 ml. Canada’s Food Guide recommends 2 to 3 servings of fats and oils per day.
Fruity Flax Smoothies
 [ PDF 59.08 KB ]
 A quick and tasty smoothie with a nutty fruity flavour. Makes 2 large glasses.
Crisp and Spicy Baked Fries 
[ PDF 52.6 KB ]
 Make your own Signature Fries by experimenting with a variety of spices. 
Apple Walnut Salad 
Fruity Flax Muffins 
Quick Macaroni and Cheese 
Easy Seafood Burgers 
Southwest Baked Bean Soup 
Vegetarian Chili 
Vegetable Fried Rice