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.Read More
Here's what local produce to look for in JULY on southern Vancouver Island, BC:
Apricots, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Carrots, Cherries, Currants, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Loganberries, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Peas, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Here's what local produce to look for in JUNE on southern Vancouver Island, BC: Asparagus, Basil, Beets, Cauliflower, Cardoon, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Currants, Gooseberries, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Mushrooms, New Potatoes, Onions (Green), Peas, Sockeye Salmon…..
Here's what local produce to look for in May on southern Vancouver Island, BC: Asparagus, Brassica Shoots, Cauliflower, Cardoon, Carrots, Cucumber (Greenhouse), Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, New Potatoes, Onions (Green)., Peas, Peppers (Greenhouse)
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.Read More
Here's what to look for in season on lower Vancouver Island in April 2018: Beets, Brassica Shoots, Cauliflower, Cabbage. Carrots. Cucumber (Greenhouse), Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Spring Onions, Sprouting Broccoli, Sprouts, Tomatoes (Greenhouse)......Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Food not only energizes us, but also can impact our mood, either in a positive or negative way. There are certain foods which you should emphasize in your diet, and some which should generally be avoided.Read More
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.
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