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Home Grown! – Farm markets continue to grow


By Marina Sacht

The Cedar Farmers’ market continues through the month of October with the final market closing for the season on Sunday, Oct., 27. On that date, the Regional District of Nanaimo Emergency Planning group will be in attendance so make sure you stop by for info on staying safe, water conservation and more.

October is the start of the Arguta kiwis harvested by Kiwi Cove Farms. Pick up some of these nutrient powerhouses.

Their first season at their Woodbank School location has been amazing, says Market Manager Kate Orchard, “There was a lot of work by a lot of people to make it a success. When we moved to our new location at Woodbank School grounds the majority of people were behind us. A few people were not happy, but we listened well and responded in regards to directing traffic and parking.”

The new location has more space and is more accessible.

“I see a lot of families walking into the market from nearby neighbourhoods,” says Orchard.

Farmers markets are hitting the mainstream for shoppers, and are less of a novelty. “Especially the twenty-somethings. They are really conscious of where their food is coming from.”

Reflecting on this season Orchard says “This year was about getting it started from the ground up. Next year we will make it the best we can.”

There’s still lots left to do, adds Kate, but if this year is any indicator, they are off to a roaring start.

The opening day of the market brought out 3000 people, the average market attracts over a thousand shoppers a week.

The Cedar Farmers’ Market runs every Sunday in October.

Take advantage of the fall harvest and stock up on veggies, get inspired by the artisans and listen to some live music while snacking from some of the tasty treats locally made.

Performers playing at the market are October 6, Paul Reszel, October 13, Dale Manason, October 20, Andrew McCormack, October 27: Mark Bunt.

Orchard thanks the Snuneymuxw First Nation for giving us the opportunity to be at their new location. “We have had a truly fantastic first year!”

Although the market will be closed end of October, you still have lots of opportunities to follow your favourite vendors or discover some new ones at the many farm gates that continue to operate.

Kiwi Cove is a 10-acre waterfront property located at 5130 Brenton Page Road, Ladysmith, British Columbia. In addition to growing kiwi and hazelnuts, owners Doug and Peggy Kolosoff operate a guest lodge called Kiwi Cove Lodge. The 12 unit lodge provides hospitality to tourists and retreats. It has a beautiful sunny view of the kiwi vineyard. KiwiCoveLodge.com info [at] kiwicovelodge [dot] com

Justin and Becca Dault operate a seasonal farm stand at Yellow Point Farms at 4756 Yellow Point Road. They provide blueberries, garlic, other seasonal produce, plus miniature goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry. They offer Farm Tours, Goat Yoga, and Goat Walks (seasonally) – an experience not to be missed.

The Daults got out of the busy traffic-filled Vancouver and high land prices, and so we took the risk, sold our house, sold the business, quit our day jobs and literally bought the farm!

One of our goals is to be as self-sufficient as possible by growing most of the food we eat. We so far grow almost all of our own produce and most of our meat. There is nothing more satisfying (not to mention healthy and delicious) than eating a meal entirely raised/grown by yourself.

Island Guy With Chai was born out of a love for chai. Back in 2014, the owners experienced some of the best chai while on vacation. When they returned home, they couldn’t find a product that came close to their experience. This propelled them into exploring the world of chai and creating the perfect product.

 

They believe that a great chai should be made of premium ingredients and be full of flavour. So they’ve created several full-flavour chai varieties to reach discerning palates. If you have a love for chai, then give one a try!

As a small business, Island Guy With Chai strives to support those around us. Our strong ties to the community mean sourcing many of their products from local suppliers and local growers. They are proud to support fellow Vancouver Island vendors and are very proud to be a Canadian company!

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Marina is Editor of TAKE 5 Magazine.

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