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.
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
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
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
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
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