Following the initiative of the Saint-Anicet Citizens’ Committee, the first meeting of the working group for the development of processing and the sale of local products took place at the Municipal Town Hall on February 18.
The goal of this meetings was to create an opportunity for local producers to share their expertise while building a network to facilitate the sale of their products, the promotion of shared market spaces and gourmet tours.
Julie Leblanc, co-owner of the ‘Bergerie les fous du mouton’, located on the Chemin Neuf, explained how important it is for each producer to not only know their product but how to introduce it to consumers as well. As an example, she described how sheep’s milk, produced by her herd, contains twice the calcium as cow’s milk but with only 6% fat content. One of her main objectives is to encourage consumers to discover the flavour and nutritive value of local products.
Jean-Luc Bethold, a resident of Saint-Anicet and co-owner of DEZ Restaurant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, spoke of the importance, at the processing stage, of optimizing his product to limit his losses. For example, a talented chef can prepare less popular cuts of meat to avoid significant losses. He also pointed out that as part of a network, there are great opportunities to reduce costs through group purchases, particularly when it comes to packaged products.
Micheline Lebrun-Caza, a representative from the Saint-Anicet Historical Society, noted the organization owns a commercial location near the church and is looking to build a partnership with producers by offering this space for the sale of local products.
The initiative has now been launched. The goal now is to convince other entrepreneurs to join the group. A second meeting is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, March 19, at the Saint-Anicet Town Hall. All are welcome.
For more information, contact Josette Berthold, 450-264-5806.
Denise St-Germain, Volunteer Correspondent for the Haut-Saint-Laurent.