Eating Niagara was born out of a passion for local food and farming in Niagara Region.
It was the brainchild of me, Tiffany Mayer, who spent eight years as a daily news reporter with most of that time devoted to covering agriculture. Since leaving daily reporting, I continue to feed my love of all things food and farming through freelancing and with this website (which recently underwent a major overhaul. I apologize if you come across some older posts with wonky formatting or missing pictures. I am working on fixing those).
My first book, Niagara Food: A Flavourful History of the Peninsula’s Bounty (History Press 2014) is out now. It’s a love letter to Niagara, really, which has been my muse for a decade now. I write a regular food column for the Postmedia Niagara dailies called — you guessed it — Eating Niagara. I’ve also written for WestJet Magazine, The Culture Trip, Edible Toronto, The Toronto Star, Edible Buffalo, The Western Producer, Niagara Life Magazine, and served as editor for Business Niagara for two years. Some of my recipes have been featured on Food52.com, greenbeltfresh.ca, National Kale Day Cooks and on The Food Network website. In 2014, the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance named Eating Niagara one of its Ontario Food Blogs We Love. The following year, I won the Social Media Club – Niagara award for personal branding for all this food talk. I still don’t know who nominated me but thank you! In other surprises, a post about brewing beer with Kieffer pears won me a trip to the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop. I am beyond thrilled (and somewhere, an old farmer snickers).
I discovered my love of agriculture going to university in Alberta during a pork pricing crisis and later in Saskatchewan, when that province was in the throes of the “Grain Drain” with farmers simply walking away from their land because they couldn’t make a sustainable living farming.
My first reporting gig was in one of the most interesting and diverse farming areas of Ontario — Norfolk County a.k.a. the buckle of the tobacco belt — during a time of transition. It was there that I met some of the most innovative and passionate people working the land and trying to find profitable alternatives to the once mighty golden leaf.
From there, I landed in Niagara, the buckle of Ontario’s tender fruit belt, and continued to meet amazing people doing amazing things. All the while, I had the privilege of telling their stories and being fed well.
My goal with Eating Niagara is to tell the stories of the people growing and making our food here, my stories as an eater and to cover all the ways that we can eat Niagara: at the farm stand or market, in a CSA or grocery store, foraging, trying our hand at growing our own food, or in restaurants or their own kitchen. My posts are honest and self-generated. I do this out of a genuine passion for farming and food, and it’s my creative outlet. I do a lot of book reviews, too, as a show of support to my fellow authors.
This is one of the most beautiful regions in the world and there are so many stories to tell, so many meals to eat that this site barely scratches the surface. Still, I hope it gives you a taste for everything Niagara has to offer.
Random facts about me:
The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance named Eating Niagara to their list of Ontario Food Blogs We Love
I founded the Garden of Eating — Niagara, a registered non-profit that harvests fruit for social agencies.
Kale is my favourite vegetable.
I hate celery.
I have three cats.
I was a speaker at TEDx St. Catharines in October 2012.
I love a good glass of Riesling but I go weak in the knees for an oatmeal stout or porter.
MCA was my favourite Beastie Boy.
I can spin wool but I don’t know how to knit.
I’ve been nominated for and have won a handful of journalism awards but am most proud of my Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation gold award for daily agriculture reporting in 2009.
Before I became a vegetarian, I used to love going to truck stops for liver and onions.
I will never take myself too seriously.
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