January 28, 2019
Here in BC, we are lucky to have so much delicious locally-grown produce.
While summer is an obvious time for fresh food, did you know there are still lots of
ingredients in season in February/March? Winter is a wonderful time of the year for
dishes full of vegetables. Potatoes, leeks, parsnips, turnips, onions, collard greens and
red, green and savoy cabbages are now in season from our local farmers. Our
greenhouses also grow cucumbers, lettuce, hot-house peppers, mushrooms and
tomatoes. Other vegetables and herbs such as chard, chervil, cilantro, shallots and
endives are also in season, while Belgian endives will go out of season in May.
In the mood for something sweet? Pick up some BC honey from the Lower Mainland,
Peace River, Thompson-Okanagan or Vancouver Island?
Our beautiful coastline also provides us with delicious seafood. Chinook salmon and
Halibut are in season, along with year-round locally sourced products such as Red Rock
Crab, mussels, oysters, sole and clams.
Fruit? This is the right time of year for a variety of locally grown apples as well as Anjou
pears from the Kootenay, Lower Mainland and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
There are of course many more great BC products available year-round – we have
locally-raised chicken, beef and pork, as well as local dairy products and eggs.
But why shop what’s locally in season? Buying produce in season is a sustainable and
environmentally responsible way to shop. Buying BC also contributes to the local
economy by putting your dollars back into the community, supporting local families and
Best of all, buying BC tastes better – because what you’re buying is fresh!
Click here for more information on what’s in season by month.
What are some of your favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients? Let us know on
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Photo credit: Amanda Merrifield