The Regional Municipalities of Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton perch on the Niagara Escarpment, as it skirts the western end of Lake Ontario. In spite of a mild climate and fertile soils, agriculture in this region struggles to hold its own against the advancing suburban sprawl.
Within a broad traditional mix of food products—including beef, oilseed, grains, fodder and fruits—the growth sectors include new categories that are less land-intensive. These include poultry, specialty and greenhouse crops, and pick-your-own orchards.
Benefiting from the growing regional population, many artisanal-prepared food ventures cater to markets and walk-in trade in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Georgetown.
Vendors in the Hamilton-Halton Area: