Seasonal food and fun at local farms
The holiday season is fast approaching and many of you will be looking for a Christmas tree, wreath or other Christmas greenery. Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm is the place to stop if you want an early start; Woodstock Evergreens in Brentwood Bay is due to open on Saturday, December 1. Check the Woodstock Evergreens page for other locations.
Farmer Dan (Dan’s Farm) reports he has lots of kiwi ripening now and “they taste great”. As we posted earlier, kiwis are also available at Bailiwick Farm in North Saanich. How to ripen your kiwi at home?. “It’s easy, “ says Barb Brennan of Bailiwick, “You put several kiwis in a paper bag together with an apple or an orange or a banana. The second fruit gives off ethylene gas which helps to sweeten and ripen the kiwifruit in two or three days. To store it for long periods, keep it in a cold place like a garage or unheated room.”
It’s time for currant events! Silver Rill Berry Farm has special black currant rum jam for the holiday season! Look for your favourite farm girl (that would be Pamela) at the Touch of Salt Spring Craft Fair @ Panorama Recreation Centre, this weekend – Friday, November 29 – Sunday, Dec 2.
It’s squash mania at Madrona Farm – open year round. On the stand this week: Carrots, brussel sprouts, butternut, acorn, delicato, spaghetti and buttercup squash, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, garlic, mizuna, arugula, kale, swiss chard, lady sized cabbages, potatoes, leeks and cilantro. Wednesday to Saturday open at 11 am. “Real fresh food for you to enjoy.”
A reminder that you can order organically-raised roasting chickens for Christmas from Kildara Farms, ready for pickup fresh on either December 6 or December 15.
It’s the Haliburton Community Organic Farm 10th Anniversary Market and Open House – Complimentary Tea and cookies served, Produce, Herbs, Teas, Baking, Chocolates, Gift Ideas and Greenery for sale. Friday, November 30, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 10 – 3 p.m. 741 Haliburton Road, Saanich.
Providence Farm outside Duncan is having their Annual Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 to 3:00 pm. Craft fair, Santa photos … and fun!
Jim Stachow let us know that Blue Harvest Farm in Ladysmith still has some freshly frozen Certified Organic Blueberries available in 5lb bags.
It’s Market Day at Springford Farm in Nanoose Bay on Fridays in December – December 7, 14, and 21, from 10 am– 2 pm. Selling products from our own farm only – beef, chicken, eggs and jam.
1950 Northwest Bay Road | Tel 250-468-7510.
Paul and Kris Christensen of Pineridge Farm Market (Spider Lake/Horne Lake area) write to us that the market re opened Nov 24:
“We have had a busy few months with catching up on all the delayed summer jobs. Our firewood is all done, the gardens put to bed, garlic all planted, irrigation lines blown out, just to name a few of the many things I can check off the list. We also did a planting of raspberries behind the market, and will be venturing into strawberries next year as well. Lets see if mother nature cooperates to give us a decent crop.
“Christmas is just around the corner, and we will be cracking the market doors open for weekends starting Saturday, November 24th, from 11am-5pm and closing Sunday December 16th.
“This year we have several local artisans displaying their wares for you to see. Along with beautiful wreaths, garlands and swags from Robbins Wreaths made right here in the Spider Lake Community, we will be selling fresh cut local Christmas trees from Gogos tree Farm as well.
“Also this season on Saturday December 1st from 11-2 we will be having a photographer here to have you or your pets picture taken with the grinch. This will be loads of fun and hope to make it a yearly event. The coffee will be hot, and a campfire going outside the market, so come on out and see what is happening at the Pine!”