Author: Heather Kaye
The 7th edition of the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map (BLBF) is here! Spanning Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, this annual guide has been helping Cowichan residents and visitors to the region, search out Cowichan-grown food, drink, and value-added products since its inception.
Blessed with Canada’s only Maritime-Mediterranean climatic zone, the Cowichan is continually making a name for itself as a region capable of producing a wonderfully diverse range of high-quality farm-fresh produce, artisanal foods, and beverages. The BLBF map showcases this bounty and the talented and hard-working producers behind it – this year, 56 unique farms and businesses all with something distinctive, fresh, and delicious to offer consumers. From seasonal fruits and veggies, wines, baked goods, honey, tea, seafood, nuts, berries, and meats to more unusual products like steelhead trout, hemp, limes, and balsamic vinegar, local ingredients and products can be easily found by browsing listings on the map or using the online search component at cowichangreencommunity.org/foodmap. Search by farm name, product, production method, or location.
Print maps are also available at Cowichan Green Community’s office at 360 Duncan Street in Duncan (or phone 250-748-8506 for other pick-up locations near you).
Food and drink producers who list on the BLBF sell their products through a variety of channels in the Cowichan Region. From long-standing farmers’ markets, to Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSAs), farm-gates sales, and even a new online farmers’ market, accessing and purchasing Cowichan-grown food has never been easier. Here’s a list of Cowichan-region farmers’ markets where our BLBF producers have indicated they and their products can be found:
- Cow-op.ca (year-round, online market with Thursday pick up at Cowichan Green Community)
- Duncan Farmers’ Market (year-round, Saturdays)
- Cobble Hill Farmers’ Market (in-season, Sundays)
- Community Farm Store Farmers’ Market (in-season, Sundays)
- Cedar Farmers’ Market (in-season, Sundays)