Enjoy fresh foods from the land and Salish Sea with an ocean breeze at your back.
Ease into island time and enjoy the abundance of food and drink made possible by the mild climate across this region. Nearly every community here has a farmers’ market, many are open year-round, letting you eat with the seasons all year long. Find ultra local fruit, veggies, fresh dairy, mushrooms, and honey as well as wine, cider and mead at one of the dozens of farmers’ markets in this region. Shop for fresh foods from the hundreds of local vendors with an ocean breeze at your back
Despite being the largest island on the west coast of North America, Vancouver Island has a laid back island feel, making it easy to relax, restore and recharge in the region’s cosmopolitan centres, small towns and snug harbours. Along with the stunning Gulf Islands, this region offers spectacular ocean views, snow-capped mountains, softly curving beaches, and incredible wildlife viewing of furred, feathered and finned friends.
What’s in Season in Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands
With dozens of varieties available in BC ranging from sweet to spicy, peppers are an exciting and delicious addition to hearty soups, stews, and stir frys. If you are looking for more crunch, try them fresh on a salad, in a wrap or tacos. Botanically a fruit, though treated often like a vegetable, they are also a delicious, convenient snack on their own for people of all ages. We like to dip ours in hummus!
What's Fresh in this Region?Apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cranberries, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, onions (red, yellow), parsnip, pears, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, quince, radish, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, turnip, zucchini
Featured Market Profile
Representing the power of community spirit. The Sooke Country Market is a reflection of the power of community spirit. Since opening day in 1996 this small market has welcomed local food producers across various locations throughout the small municipality just a short drive from Victoria. But no matter where they set up shop, the community…