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Nanaimo's Farm Fresh
by Chelsea Barr
June 13, 2010

Stop by nearly any local farm this summer and you’re sure to get more than just fresh produce. There are petting zoos, festivals with chefs in action, and even handmade herbal soaps. Eating your greens has never been so much fun. Here’s where to go.

Yellowpoint Cranberry Farm www.yellowpointcranberries.com  (4532 Yellow Point Rd.) celebrates Cranberry Blossoms in June. You can take a blossom tour of the family-run farm and see the flowers that will turn to cranberries before the September harvest.

At Blue Harvest Farm www.blueharvestfarm.com  (13387 Code Rd.) take a walking tour of the 1,500 blueberry bushes with Farmer Jim. He’ll point out each variety and let you taste the differences in flavour at harvest time, mid July through mid August. The hardest part is deciding which type to take home.

Weekends in July and August head to Trudell Blueberry Farm (13601 Michael Rd., Ladysmith) on the shores of Michael Lake. You can pick ‘til your fingers turn blue, and then some. Harvest is like a huge reunion for the families who come year after year, generation after generation, says Irene Trudell, who has owned the farm since it opened in 1975.

Last stop: Herbal Heaven, the gift shop at Hazelwood Herb Farm http://www.hazelwoodherbfarm.com  (13576 Adshead Rd.). Sure, you can find rapture in the aromatic lavender garden or among the culinary herbs. You can sit in the shade and watch the goldfish play in the pond. But don’t leave without a gourmet rub, handmade soap, or one of the other products made onsite from the 500+ herbal varieties grown here.

Find more summer fun ideas and info at www.tourismnanaimo.com .

Local Farmer’s Markets

 

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row