Why Eating in Season and Locally is BEST for YOU!
Eating seasonally agrees with our body’s ability to break foods down, utilize their nutrients, and prevent sugar and fat storage in our bodies.
Why Eating in Season and Locally is BEST for YOU!
Get Fresh Guide's FALL BACK TO HEALTH CONTEST has arrived! Fall feels like a time for new beginnings, new projects + new healthy habits. Click here to get all the contest details! Good luck and have fun!Read More
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.Read More
10th Annual North Saanich Food & Farm Festival, August 18-20, 2017. 10 years of the Flavour Trails North Saanich Farm & Food Festival is something to celebrate! Get out and Get Fresh with the Locals this weekend and enjoy the flavours of our local island farms.Read More
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!Read More
When it's the season for cucumbers; they come fast and furious and farmers need to keep picking when they are at the prime. At our own farm we often find ourselves with a glut of cucumbers and zucchini, as they seem to come all at once. I've gotten really creative with ways to use them up over the years.Read More
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.Read More
I don't know about you, but I hate wasting anything! When I was packing boxes for our weekly CSA, it seemed a sad thing that these beautiful green carrot tops were often composted as soon as they reached a customers home. I did some research and while the info is sometimes conflicting, more pointed towards them being safe to eat in moderate quantities when organically grown.Read More
With longer days and higher temperatures in July berries and stone fruits are starting to ripen up quick. It's the time of year to buy flats of boysenberres, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and freeze or preserve, so you enjoy berries all winter long. This year's garlic crop is starting to be pulled from the ground and cured so you can expect a wide selection soon.Read More
Summer is on it’s way and so is the divine goodness of local strawberries! For the good folks at Flavour Trails this means only one thing: the Saanich Peninsula Strawberry Buzz Festival, June 24 & 25!!Read More
To celebrate FarmFolk CityFolk’s 20th Feast of Fields on Vancouver Island, we are returning to where it all began: Ravenhill Herb Farm.Read More
Join friends and neighbours at Fernwood Bites in beautiful Fernwood Square and taste the best food & drink Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island have to offer.Read More
Fresh produce is becoming more abundant into June. The first berries make an appearance and a wide variety of leafy greens are available. This is the only time of year for asparagus and one of the best times for fava beans and sweet peas.Read More
Amanda Swinimer, marine biologist and seaweed harvester for Dakini Tidal Wilds and Chef Oliver Kienast from Wild Mountain Food & Drink and member of the Slow Food Chef’s Alliance, will lead a wild foods foray along the coast, identifying seaweeds and their culinary uses.Read More
Fernwood Helping Hands is a community outreach program where skilled volunteers 'glean' - the practice of collecting fresh, excess foods - from farms across the CRD.Read More
Garlic scape pesto is all the rage right now, at least for me. I love pesto, and this is my favourite kind. It tastes so delicious, with a different edge to it that standard pesto. It makes use of an abundant but sometimes difficult-to-use crop. And if I’m going to the trouble of making Big Batch Pesto, garlic scape is the way to go: it gives much bigger yields than cloves of garlic.Read More
Using perfect, perfect farm fresh produce to show market shoppers how to cook with seasonal ingredients? The. Best! The first demo focused on garlic scapes and on leafy greens.Read More
The rhubarb in my fridge has been calling to me lately, anyway. It’s been telling me that I should make Rhubarb Custard Bars, but I was feeling more pie-ish today. (Pies are my favourite dessert.) Also, I found a bag of 2010-picked strawberries in the back of my freezer (oo-oops!), so these Rhubarb-Strawberry Galettes practically made themselves.Read More
Rhubarb season just got even more delicious. All because of this great recipe.Read More