Posted by: Rabideye | September 2, 2010

PR Food Security Project’s List of Where to Get Local Food

Local is tastiest.

Courtesy of PR Food Security Project‘s David Parkinson:

Some sources of local food…

Part of the fun, and part of the challenge of the 50-Mile Eat-Local Challenge is knowing where to find food that comes from within 50 miles. Here is a partial list of some of these sources. If you know of something that is not listed here, please let me know and I’ll include that in future versions of this list. Thanks!!

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 pretty local and very high quality. Bernie is also selling local produce from Hatch-a-Bird Farm and Kathleen & Gary Richards, as well as bread and baked goods from Carol Sigvaldasson (formerly of the Flying Yellow Bread Bowl).

Boule Bakery (Shona Watt)
Bread and other baked goods. Homemade preserves and more. You can find Shona at the Open Air Market, and buy her bread through Sunshine Organics (see below) and Kelly’s Specialty Shop on Willingdon St.

Duddle’s Lair (Gordon Wilson & Judy Tyabji-Wilson)
Lamb, hoggat, mutton, wool, fleece. Email for more information:

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.

Hodgins Farms
Beets, carrots, potatoes, and corn (also available at Rainbow Valley Feed). Eggs are available at Breakwater Books. Please call to arrange pick-up OR drop-off: (604) 485-7025.

Hot Summer Night Market
Every Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Lund Farmers’ Co-op is selling produce there, and Mo is selling baked goods and other treats. It’s an ever-changing roster of vendors, so check it out.

Jean Mackenzie
Eggs, garlic, fruits and berries. Please call Jean for more info at (604) 483-3727.

Kristensen’s farmgate
Produce. South of town on Christiansen Road, before you pass the bike shop. (Thanks to Leilah Tate for the tip!)

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 on Saturdays at the Open Air Market. A variety of greens, vegetables, fruit and free range meat are available as the season provides.

Local dog treats (Stephen Hull)
A self employment initiative through PRACL’s Steps to Employment Call 604 485-9508 for more information. (Thanks to Lesley Thorsell for the tip.)

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 Hatch a Bird 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. Soon (?) expanding into local fresh pasta! Call (604) 483-6516 for more information.

Quality Foods
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.

Silke’s Organic Market
Fresh local produce and eggs available. For more information, call (604) 485-5615.

Skookum Gleaners
Fruit- and nut-tree gleaning project, Completely free, volunteer-run. Looking for pickers and (especially) for donors of fruit and nuts. For more information see or call Anne Michaels at (604) 485-4366.

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

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.

Windfall Farm (Lisa Daniels)
Certified Organic garlic, chicken, pork, eggs. On Taku St. in Wildwood. Call (604) 483-3061 for more information. Lisa adds: “We have 8 varieties of garlic (one is a soft neck variety)- cured – ready to go! $11.00/lb. for table garlic – some planting garlic is available for $9.50/lb. Am planning to be at the Open Air Mkt this Sat.”

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