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Need local food? Of course you do!
View the 2012 Home Grown map: http://pr50.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/foodmap.pdf
Bernie’s fruit truck (Vitamin Express)
Mondays through Thursdays in the parking lot by RONA & the Community Resource Centre. Mostly fruit from the Fraser Valley & Okanagan, but local-ish and very high quality. Bernie is also selling produce from Hatch-a-Bird Farm and other local producers.
Boule Bakery (Shona Watt)
Bread and other baked goods. Homemade preserves and more. You can find Shona at the Open Air Market (Saturdays only), and buy her bread through Sunshine Organics (see below) and Kelly’s Specialty Shop on Marine Ave.
Duddle’s Lair (Gordon Wilson & Judy Tyabji-Wilson)
Lamb, hoggat, mutton, wool, fleece. Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Berry Company
(Duvesteyns on Nassichuk Rd.) – also available at Bernie’s fruit truck and at the Open Air Market
Farmer’s Gate (Pat Hanson)
Produce, chickens, eggs. Hwy 101 south of Lund. Look for the sign on the right side of the highway.
Hatch-a-Bird Farm (Helena & Peter Bird)
On McMahon Ave. in Wildwood, near the corner of Nass St. Produce, eggs, dairy, chickens, and more.
Tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, potatoes and carrots. Eggs are available at Breakwater Books. Please call to arrange pick-up OR drop-off: (604) 485-7025.
Hot Summer Night Market (Blue Cat Square, below Decibels Music Store on Marine Ave.)
Every Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to sundown. Lund Farmers’ Co-op is selling produce there. It’s an ever-changing roster of vendors, so check it out.
Eggs, garlic, fruits and berries. Please call Jean for more info at (604) 483-3727.
Kristensen’s Fruit and Vegetables
Corn, beans, carrots, beets, zucchini, squash, onion and potatoes. End of Palmer Road, open 1:30-5:00pm daily.
Lund Farmers’ Co-op
The Lund Farmers Co-op has gathered more farmers and gardeners lately. Fresh, local produce is available from the co-op booth at the Lund water taxi dock on Friday afternoons and at the Open Air Market on Sundays. Honey from Little Wing Farm can be found at Creative Rift, just below Decibels on Marine Ave.
Mavin’s (fresh & frozen fish)
On Padgett Rd. just north of Centennial Drive. Not necessarily from within 50 miles, but locally-caught and high quality.
Mitchell Brothers grocery
Mitchell Brothers in Cranberry often has local produce and Roosendal farms produce from the Sunshine coast, which is non-GMO and pesticide free. And they’re our independent grocer! (Thanks to Amanda Zaikow for the tip!)
Open Air Market
The usual selection of local produce and prepared foods, along with crafts and music. Plenty of new vendors this year, so be sure to check it out. Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Sundays from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
Periwinkle Granary (Fran & Simon Cudworth)
All kinds of milled grains, cake and muffin mixes, bread. Now featuring local fresh pasta! Call (604) 483-6516 for more information.
Quite a large selection of local food: “Fresh pork – Hertels in Port Alberni, Hertels smoked and cured bacon and fresh sausages, Island Farmhouse poultry, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks – variety of cheeses, Mrs. Myres Gourmet Mustard, Comox Cheese – variety, Paradise Island Cheeses, Babe’s Honey, Udder Guys gourmet icecream, Quality Foods water, Island Gold eggs, Dairyland dairy products, Island Farms dairy products, St. Jean’s clams and clam nectar, Pacific Bean Sprouts, Mr. Popper’s Kettle Corn, Fresh salmon, halibut, cod and sole, We source out seasonal fruits and vegetable when available. Most of our local producers are from the mid-island area.” Thanks to store manager Bruce Robertson for putting this list together for us!!
Rainbow Valley Pet & Feed
Fresh eggs from Paradise Valley.
Sunshine Organics and Ecossentials
Melissa at Sunshine Organics is a strong supporter and always tries to include as much local food in her produce boxes as she can. For more info, contact Melissa at (604) 483-3188 or check their website at http://www.sunshineorganics.ca/powellriver/index.htm.
Texada Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday from noon to 2:00 PM at the Gillies Bay ball park. Lots of wonderful local produce, baking, preserves, and more. Ends on Sunday October 10 with the pumpkin weigh-in.
Windfall Farm (Lisa Daniels)
Certified Organic garlic, chicken, pork, eggs. On Taku St. in Wildwood. Call (604) 483-3061 for more information.
Serendipity Rabbitry: Huddleston, Jacqueline (new info coming)