Morris Cox, founder of family-owned office supply company Brant Basics, was named Business Citizen of the Year at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre in Downtown Peterborough last night.
Hosted by Megan Murphy, the event included awards for local businesses in 17 different categories, along with 4-Under-40 Profiles, two Business Student Leadership Prizes, and Business Citizen of the Year. More than 50 businesses and people were honoured.
Other recipients included engineering company Cambium (Employer of The Year), insect-as-food producer Entomo Farms - The Future of Food (two awards, once for Innovation/Research & Development and one for Environmental Practices), Tiny Greens Plant Cafe (Local Focus), Lang Pioneer Village Museum (Customer First), and Martin Carbajal of La Mesita Restaurante (Immigrant Entrepreneur Of The Year).
I’m always looking for the best new thing in protein and protein supplements- I add cricket powder to my smoothie every morning, it adds a bit of a nutty flavor to my shake, and gives me the blast of power that I need for my morning workout.
Mina- mom of 3- 35 years old- Alberta
I’ve been adding cricket powder to my home-baked cookies and banana bread for months now. My kids are such picky eaters, and I was so worried that they never got any protein, calcium or iron in their diets. Now they are getting all the nutrients they need, and they have no clue because the cookies taste like cookies, and the banana bread tastes like banana bread. Add chocolate chips to anything, I always say!
Jason- Foodie- 30 years old- San Francisco
I’m an adventurous eater- nothing really scares me. I had my first tacos with crickets when I was in Mexico a few years back, and I was so excited to see that my local Mexican restaurant started adding crickets to the menu. I love how the crickets give the taco an extra punch because they’re seasoned with some awesome spices, an extra crunch, and extra protein.
Max 7 years old- Toronto
I went to my friend’s house to play, and they had some roasted crickets to try. I loved them! They were crunchy and kind of tasted like nuts. I want them in my lunch bag for school so that I can freak people out while I eat them!
Ravi-22 years old- Vancouver
I had my first experience eating roasted crickets a few years ago at a party I was at. I was really intrigued by the whole ecological story around insect farming. I love the fact that not only are insects healthy for humans to eat, but they’re also so good for the planet- in terms of water conservation, and preserving arable land. I have always cared about doing what’s best for the environment, and eating insects is an easy way for me to do my part to help. They’re delicious- I throw some into my oatmeal every morning.
Sarah 62- Fresno
I hike. It’s not what I do, it’s who I am. I’m always looking for the best stuff to add to my trail mix to keep me energized and feeling good on my daily hikes. I throw some whole roasted crickets in with my cranberries, toasted coconut, white chocolate and cashews. A perfect combination!