British Columbia’s Exquisite Summer Produce

Super sweet mid-July corn from Silver Rill Farm in Saanich, B.C.

Super sweet mid-July corn from Silver Rill Farm in Saanich, B.C.

There are numerous reasons people buy property on, or retire to, B.C.’s west coast. It rarely snows, a big consideration for winter-enslaved Canadians who have ruined their backs shoveling sidewalks six months a year. An oceanside view is generally no more than a saunter away. And for food lovers, fruits and vegetables not only ripen much sooner than on the windswept prairies (think mid-July) but are generally so superior you’d gladly forsake the local farmers’ market back home.

Fresh from the ocean crab in Saanich, B.C.

Fresh-from-the-ocean crab in Saanich, B.C.

Early-season corn, from Silver Rill Farm in central Saanich, that's as sweet and tender as you'll ever taste

Early-season corn, from Silver Rill Farm in central Saanich, that’s as sweet and tender as you’ll ever taste

Super-sweet carrots at the weekly market in Ganges on Salt Spring Island in B.C.

Super-sweet carrots and baby beets at the weekly market in Ganges on Salt Spring Island

How about a bouquet of basil from the weekly market in Sidney, B.C.

How about a bouquet of basil from the weekly market in Sidney?

What more do you need than fresh treats pulled from the land and sea?

What more do you need than fresh treats pulled from the land and sea?

Finished by some fresh berries.

Finished by some fresh berries

Even if you can't eat it, you can admire the exquisite beauty of an $11 bouquet from Farm Gate Store on Mayne Island

Even if you can’t eat it, you can admire the exquisite beauty of an $11 bouquet from Farm Gate Store on Mayne Island

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5 thoughts on “British Columbia’s Exquisite Summer Produce

  1. Patricio O'Bagle

    On the west coast, we’ve yet to find a local entrepreneur who’ll market local escargot. Think YUM: local garlic, butter, and coastal banana slugs (or invasive black slugs) of the Taxonomic Class Gastropoda.
    In France, they’ve created a gastronomic delicacy with their delightful snail, with its quaint shell. So what’s the problem here in coastal BC?

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  2. Judy Gardner

    Wow, everything looks So good. Looks like you’re having a great time
    Fun seeing Helen munching. Beautiful pictures. Enjoy!

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  3. Deb

    Yum! We’ve just started growing apples at our place on Pender Island and hoping to add in plums and cherries. There is nothing better than BC fruit.

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