What's Fresh on Southern Vancouver Island ~ AUGUST 2018

Here's what local produce to look for in JULY on southern Vancouver Island, BC:

Apricots, Basil, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Carrots, Cherries, Crab Apples, Corn, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Melons, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Peas, Peaches, Peppers, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Zucchini…

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Amanda Smith
Fruity Frozen Yogurt

My summer holiday has been cut a bit short this year, and I’m happy about it. It’s not every day that I get an opportunity to work with one of my favourite ever food brands. I’ve spent nearly two weeks developing recipes for a local yogurt company, Tree Island Yogurt – of which I have at least half a litre in my fridge at all times anyway.

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Wild Nettle-kopita

Early spring is the perfect time to forage for wild nettles. If you, like Chef Heidi Fink, find yourself short on time you can count on locally focused grocery stores and farmers markets for a supply of fresh nettles. If you haven't tried making phyllo pastries from scratch, this is the perfect guide to impressive and tasty pastries with fresh local flavour. 

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recipesChef Heidi Fink
Dr. Della's Healthy Drink Recommendations

Each one of these drinks helps to promote your health in different ways! The key for any healthy drink is moderation and variety – so don’t stick with the same thing all the time. 1. Coconut Water is rich in good carbohydrates, electrolytes like potassium, chloride, and sodium as well as hydrating to the system and providing lots of good nutrients at the same time. 

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Dr. Della's 15 Ways to Decrease Arthritis Pain with your Diet

Arthritis is not a single disease, but a way to refer to a group of conditions that cause joint disease and pain, as there are more than 100 types! It is the leading cause of disability in North America and is more common in woman and as one matures. Symptoms can include: Pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in any joint. 

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Amanda Smith
What's Fresh on Vancouver Island November, 2017

The first frost brings a certain sweetness to winter root crops, so be sure to try some delicious local carrots. We are lucky to live in such a temperate zone, where so many leafy green vegetables continue to thrive despite the mild cold. With a little winter protection in the way of mulch and sometimes a floating row cover, one can keep enjoying leafy greens right through winter. 

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resourcesElisabeth Bond
What's Fresh on Vancouver Island September 2017

The long, hot and dry growing season we are experiencing means melons and fruit harvests are in abundance this year. Tasting a local watermelon or cantaloupe ripe off the vine is an experience to savour. Colourful winter squash and pumpkins are dotting the fields and heat loving veggies like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are just perfect for the plucking. 

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Food Day Canada Contest with Get Fresh & The Root Cellar

In support of Food Day Canada, the Get Fresh Guide in partnership with the Root Cellar Green Grocer is sponsoring a contest encouraging you to get involved. Food Day Canada is an opportunity for all Canadians to join hands in one massive celebration in praise of our farmers and fishers; our chefs, makers and food producers... as well as all home cooks who like to enjoy good local food! 

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What's Fresh August 2017

As the days continue long, hot and bright all sun loving fruits and vegetables grow large and sweeten under the mid-summer sun. You can find most any local fruit, vegetable or herb direct from your farmer or market right now. As well as all the favourite and familiar summer treats like sweet corn, blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes, look out for heirloom and unusual varieties that offer a flavour packed punch. 

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resourcesElisabeth Bond