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Cooking sausages to perfection, every time – Tips from Urban Digs

Sausages are tasty, but unless they’re cooked properly, the results can be less than awesome. Cooking a sausage is no different than cooking a steak, if you rush, you’ll be disappointed, but if you take the care and the time, … Continue reading

Baba Ganoush

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Here’s a classic eggplant recipe from the Applebarn Taves Family Farm. Ingredients • 4 medium eggplant • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 tsp sea salt • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled … Continue reading

Dive into the world of eggplants

Some fun facts to consider as you enjoy this deep, dark beauty. 1. Eggplants aren’t REALLY vegetables, they’re berries. Which isn’t that strange, considering other fruits are commonly mistaken for vegetables – like tomatoes. 2. Eggplants and tomatoes are actually … Continue reading

Our beef the environment and YOU

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There’s a lot in the news about beef production, particularly how it’s negative for the environment. It’s true that some producers have lost their way, but this doesn’t mean that all cattle producers are poor stewards of the land. At … Continue reading

Sizzling Summer Contest at BC Farm Fresh

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We’re starting to give up on summer ever arriving at BC Farm Fresh, so we decided to heat things up with some give-aways over the next few months. This week we feature three farms in the Abbotsford area. We’ve got … Continue reading

Kohlrabi – space alien or vegetable?

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At BC Farm Fresh this vegetable is often the subject of many jokes; we’re fascinated by its strange looks. In apology to the jokes we’ve made at the expense of kohlrabis; today’s blog will feature this great vegetable. And we’ll … Continue reading

Is local food worth all the hype?

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Here are five reasons to consider. Local food: 1. Tastes and looks better. Crops are picked at their peak and farmstead products, such as artisan cheeses are hand-crafted and made in small batches for optimal flavour. With livestock processed in … Continue reading

Raspberry Iced Tea

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A perfect summer drink to cool you and your family down this summer. Can be made with any of your favorite BC Farm Fresh berry! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: A few minutes Makes: About 6 (1 cup) servings … Continue reading

Hydrangea Hysteria

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This is the time of year when hydrangeas really shine in the garden; in fact they’ve been looking amazing for several weeks. They are not one of the quiet, unassuming flowers in the garden. Their huge pom-poms of flowers say … Continue reading

Macaroni with Wiener Sauce

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Retro is in! And Lepp Farm Market is sharing a retro recipe that is sure to bring back some memories. As a new bride I worked at Hooge’s Fabrics in Abbotsford, (long-time Abbotsford residents will remember them!) and my co-worker, … Continue reading

Lepp Farm Market Sausage Masters making Hot Dogs

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Just in time for the long week-end; Lepp Farm Market would like to share with all our BC Farm Fresh supporters how they make hot dogs. Lepp Farm Market is a family-run, year-round farm market that specializes in locally grown, … Continue reading

Raspberry Razzle Dazzle

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Time to celebrate raspberries. BC Farm Fresh hopes that you’ve been enjoying this year’s great raspberries. Sweet, tasty, and good for you! Here are some raspberry fun facts to keep in mind as your enjoy these great berries. Botanical fun … Continue reading

Meet a new berry: Goji Berries

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Picture courtesy of Gojoy Berries Inc. The goji berry is native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, but it is now grown in many other countries as well. Gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet … Continue reading

Ever-bearing Strawberries vs. June Strawberries

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This article is generously provided by Lepp Farm Market. Originally posted May 27, 2016 Did you know that there are two types of strawberries? If you’re as old as I am, then you probably remember when we only had BC … Continue reading

10 Unique Christmas Gifts from the Fraser Valley Under $20

Looking for Christmas gifts? The article below features several of our Farm Fresh member  farms: Taves Family Farms Applebarn Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery Anita’s Organic Grain and Flour Mill Hopcott Premium Meats Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Canadian Hazelnuts Inc. … Continue reading

Week of November 10 – Gift Basket from The Local Harvest

Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win some of our amazing Fraser Valley gifts! Check back weekly! This week we will award a $25 gift basket from The Local Harvest Farm … Continue reading

Week of October 13 Social Media Prize – one-day family pass to Aldor Acres

This week’s giveaway is up on FACEBOOK – win by liking, following us on Twitter and retweeting! Get social with us! Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win amazing Fraser Valley … Continue reading

Week of October 6 – K & M Farms $50 gift certificate towards a fresh turkey

This week’s giveaway is up on FACEBOOK – win by liking, following us on twitter, and retweeting! Get social with us! Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win amazing Fraser Valley … Continue reading

Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour Dinner

It’s not every day that you get to sit down for dinner with the farmer who supplied the ingredients you are about to enjoy. Last week growers and producers who are members of the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour were invited … Continue reading

Check out BC Farm Fresh farms mentioned in Vancouverscape

Last week, a group of Vancouver media and writers were invited to dine with the very farmers and wine makers that grew food and produced wine for a sumptuous, six-course long table dinner at Abbotsford’s Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro. … Continue reading

Week of September 22 Give Away – Willow View Farms’ Apples

This week’s giveaway is up on FACEBOOK – win by liking, following us on twitter and retweeting! Get social with us! Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win amazing Fraser Valley … Continue reading

Week of September 8 give away

This week’s giveaway is up on FACEBOOK – win by liking, following us on twitter and retweeting! Get social with us! Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win amazing Fraser Valley … Continue reading

Week of September 2 – Facebook and Twitter prizes – two dozen corn from Sparkes Corn Barn

This week’s giveaway is up on FACEBOOK – win by liking, following us on twitter and retweeting! Get social with us! Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win amazing Fraser Valley … Continue reading

Farm Fresh: Weekly Prizes on Facebook and Twitter!

  This week’s giveaway is up https://www.facebook.com/BCFarmFresh?sk=app_228910107186452   Each week, one of our Fraser Valley Farms will offer our followers the chance to win some of our amazing Fraser Valley produce!   This week we were awarded some beautiful blueberries … Continue reading

Westham Island Herd Farm

Sharon Ellis Westham Island Herb Farm “It gets in your blood, this farming” said Janet Ellis. “I can’t think of anything else we would prefer to do”. “One good thing is we don’t have to face traffic every day to … Continue reading

Mary’s Garden

Mike and Ken Nootebos Mary’s Garden Mary’s Garden was started in 1966 in a little vegetable stand at the farm of Jack and Mary Nootebos. Over the years, Mary’s Garden has grown several times and now is located in it’s … Continue reading

Lepp Farm Market

Robert and Charlotte Lepp Lepp Farm Market “Fresh From the Farm to your Plate” is the standard for the Lepp Farm Market. Farming is in Rob Lepp’s blood. In 1975, his father, Henry Lepp, purchased the Matsqui property where Lepp … Continue reading

JD Farms Specialty Turkey Store

Jack and Debbie Froese JD Farms Specialty Turkey Store J.D. Farms is a family owned turkey farm in the beautiful Fraser Valley at Langley, BC. Jack and Debbie Froese grew up on farms in the Fraser Valley and continued their … Continue reading

Annie’s Orchard

Jim and Mary Ann Rahe Annie’s Orchard Prepared: August 28, 2008 “There is always something fresh off the tree” said Jim Rahe. It is this basic approach that drives the marketing philosophy of Annie’s Orchard in Langley. Basically what the … Continue reading

Orange Cream Scones With BC Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

2 cups (500 ml) all purpose flour ¼ cup (50 ml) granulated sugar 1 Tbsp (15 ml) baking powder ½ tsp (2 ml) salt ¼ tsp (1 ml) cinnamon Finely grated peel from 1 orange ¼ cup (50 ml) cold … Continue reading

BC Strawberry Streusel Pie

Filling: 5 cups (1.25 L) BC STRAWBERRIES, washed, hulled and halved ¼ cup (50 ml) granulated sugar ¼ cup (50 ml) instant tapioca 2 Tbsp (25 ml) butter ½ tsp (2 ml) cinnamon 1 Tbsp (15 ml) fresh squeezed lemon … Continue reading

BC Strawberry Hazelnut Flan

Fresh BC strawberries and dark chocolate go together to make a mouthwatering dessert with lots of eye appeal!  Crust: ¾ cup (175 ml) finely ground hazelnuts, lightly toasted 1¼ cup (300 ml) all purpose flour 3 Tbsp (45 ml) granulated … Continue reading

BC Strawberry Granola Trifle

Delicious for breakfast or served as a dessert! 2 cups (500 ml) plain low fat yogurt 1 Tbsp (15 ml) icing sugar ¼ tsp (1 ml) almond flavoring 2 cups (500 ml) good quality granola 3 cups (750 ml) BC … Continue reading

BC Strawberry Bruschetta

Fresh BC Strawberries and Brie cheese make a delightful combination for a light brunch!  1 (675 g) unsliced loaf French or Italian bread 1 lb (500g) Brie or Camembert cheese 3 cups (750 ml) BC STRAWBERRIES, washed & hulled ¼ … Continue reading

Auntie Alice’s Raspberry Cake

A delicious cake with Raspberries on top, this is a traditional recipe on the raspberry farm. It’s wonderful hot, but it’s equally delicious the next day, when the juice sets in a bit. 1/3 cup margarine 1 cup sugar 1 … Continue reading

Roasted Corn and Blueberry Relish

2 ears corn, unshucked 1 large jalapeno pepper, chopped finely ½ medium red pepper, diced ½ medium red onion, finely chopped 5 T (75 ml) lime juice 2½ T (37 ml) olive oil 2 cloves garlic ¼ cup(60 ml) cilantro, … Continue reading

Blueberry Melon Salsa

YIELD = 6 SERVINGS 2 cups 500 ml BC blueberries 1 cup 250 ml honeydew melon, diced ½ cup 125 ml red onion, diced ¼ cup 60 ml cilantro, chopped 3 Tbsp 45 ml lime juice 1 Tbsp 15 ml … Continue reading

Blueberry Marmalade

3 cups (750 ml) blueberries, fresh/frozen 3 cups (750 ml) sugar 2 limes 1 lemon

Blueberry Banana Loaf

YIELD = 12 SERVINGS 3 large bananas 2 Tbsp 30 ml buttermilk ½ cup 120 ml margarine, melted 1 cup 250 ml sugar 2 cups 500 ml flour ½ tsp 2 ml cinnamon 1 tsp 4 ml baking powder ½ … Continue reading

BC Blueberry Peach Crisp

YIELD – 12 SERVINGS 4 cups 1L BC blueberries, fresh or frozen 3 cups 750 ml peaches, fresh or frozen, peeled and cut in ½" slices 2 Tbsp 30 ml lemon juice 1 tsp 4 ml grated lemon rind ½ … Continue reading

Local Foods Focus on Safety and Quality

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When you buy local foods, make sure you are also buying food quality and food safety. At Hopcott Farms, every generation since 1932 has taken pride in the farm and its products. Hopcott Premium Meats is a family-owned and run … Continue reading

Sustainability in the Kitchen

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We like perfection; straight carrots and symmetrical shiny apples.  However, our search for perfection has increased the use of pesticides and the amount of waste in our food system. Cosmetically challenged produce is culled and discarded. Thankfully the produce available … Continue reading

Family Farm Businesses Do Well

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At Hopcott Premium Meats, we are committed to bringing our customers nothing less than what we are willing to serve our own families.  Our store is located right on the farm, a farm that has been in the family since … Continue reading

The Resurgence of Canning

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Canning and preserving, activities once popular with your grandmother are now becoming popular again.   For this resurgence, we can thank the growing demand for fresh local foods, the interest in eliminating and reducing our carbon foot print and, mostly, … Continue reading

Best Wishes from the BC Ministry of Agriculture

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The Fraser Valley Farm Fresh Guide is the go-to source for anyone interested in fresh, locally-produced foods. A diverse list of farms, markets, gardens and even wineries can all be found within its pages. Likewise, the Province’s new Agrifoods Strategy … Continue reading

2012-2013 Farm Fresh Guide Is Out!

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We are happy to annouce that the new 2012 – 2013 Farm Fresh Guide is out on the streets. Don’t forget to get your copy today! We have also updated all the listings and products with www.bcfarmfresh.com for your browsing … Continue reading

Population Growth and Fraser Valley Agricultural Land

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Some who live on the land here have been eating purple sprouting broccoli and digging overwintered carrots and potatoes fresh from the garden since January this year! There aren’t many places in Canada where the combination of rich soils and … Continue reading

Farm Direct Markets Aren’t For Everybody

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The “good old days” when most people grew much of their own food, even canning and drying a lot of it for the winter months, are gone. The times when local independent grocers bought fresh local produce from local producers … Continue reading

Strawberries Announce Summer

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But They May be Around Longer Than You Think! Nothing announces the arrival of summer quite like the taste and aroma of juicy sweet strawberries. We expect local strawberries will be available by mid-June in 2011 and the quality of … Continue reading

Fun is Part of Local Too

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When you buy local food products you support local farmers. But you can have a lot of fun doing it too! One place to enjoy is Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows. Meadows Maze is celebrating 12 years of entertaining families. … Continue reading

Pine Meadows Tree Farm Ltd.

Arthur and Tim Loewen Pine Meadows began as a 7 acre hobby farm in 1970 with Christmas trees for a U-cut/we-cut operation. Over the years more property was purchased and the operation expanded to include nursery stock. We now own … Continue reading

Willow View Farms

Murray andCheryl Siemens “We are really happy with the interest in our products this year” said Murray Siemens when asked about how his farm was doing compared to other years. “We’ve noted quite an increase in our sales from this … Continue reading

Dave’s Orchard

Dave and Sheila Ormrod Dave’s Orchard Prepared: January 7, 2010 “I guess you could say we’ve been farming for quite awhile” said Dave Ormrod, when asked about the history of his farm in Langley. “Our farm is on 216th St. … Continue reading

Maan Farms

Kris and Devinder Maan Maan Farms Prepared: 2009/11/2 “We like having people visit our farm to buy our wonderful berries and sweet corn, but also to learn more about our farm” said Devinder Maan, when asked about why her family … Continue reading

Honeybee Centre

John Gibeau Honeybee Centre Prepared: November 29, 2008 “We want everybody who works here to be able to answer your questions” said John Gibeau when asked about his farm philosophy and approach to the business. The Honeybee Centre, located on … Continue reading

K&M Farms

Mark Robbins K & M Farms Prepared: October 14, 2008 “We like to see the smiles on people’s faces after they’ve bought one of our birds and they come back for another one” said Mark Robbins of K and M … Continue reading

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery

Mike and Judy Campbell Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery Prepared: August 28, 2008 “We’ve been making wine since the 1960s so I suppose having a Meadery is not such a quantum leap” said Mike Campbell, as he explained the … Continue reading

Painted River Farm

Wes and Donna Gilmore Painted River Farm Prepared: August 20, 2008 “We couldn’t imagine doing anything else” said Donna Gilmore, when asked about why she likes farming. Both Donna and Wes were raised on farms and being involved in farming … Continue reading

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