Summer is the PERFECT time to get out and explore all the local farms in our area! Did you know we were surrounded by so much local produce, meat and dairy products?
Deanna says… “Often times people will say $6 for farm eggs…wow, why? They’re $3 at the store, that’s crazy! But the same folks turn around and spend $5 on a coffee without blinking an eye! The difference is that the eggs are fresh, 100x healthier and it’s more than likely the chickens didn’t live a horrible life in a cage without ever seeing the light of day.
Another example would be local organic blueberries. Yes they ARE expensive. So maybe they cost an extra $10 compared to pesticide sprayed ones from a large grocery store. But there is something about making a smoothie in the winter using a handful of those frozen berries with the knowledge that I am not feeding my child pesticides. Knowing that the fruit came from down the road, NOT 300 miles away. We drop $10 on a tub of ice cream like it’s no big deal so why do we have an issue with a few more dollars for local, fresh and organic products?”
Well, lucky for you we are here to help you discover some of the delicious local goodies you can find!
To start, have you visited our local farmer’s markets? There are 3 to check out and feature many of our local farm producers. Comox and Quadra Island each hold a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and Campbell River’s Farmer’s Market is on Sundays. Each market features a great sampling of local fruits and veggies, plants, eggs, meats and seafood. Our local markets also feature other locally made goods, yummy food and great entertainment.
We are also very fortunate to have some local grocers who support our local farms. Discovery Foods features local farms such as Tannadice Farms and Willows Market features many local fruit and veggie farms.
If you’re looking to venture out on your own, we suggest spending a day exploring some of our local farms. What are you in the mood for? How about fresh, juicy berries? Visit Ocean Grove Berry Farm for pints of raspberries or Ross Mountain Farm for pesticide free blueberries. Or wander down to Coastal Black for fresh berries (and the delicious wine that comes from them). And while you’re there, do not forgot to pick up some of Big D’s Cinnamon Honey…you will NOT regret it!
Looking for some produce? Try Pattison Farms on Dzini Road. Throughout the growing season you can find lettuce mixes, kale and chard as well as some summer and winter squashes. Just down York Road you will find Fiesta Peppers.This small farm stand sells yummy multi-coloured peppers, tomatoes, mini cucumbers and fresh eggs. Payment is on an honour basis and cash only.
If you’re looking for some local meat options, Seaview Game Farm showcases a ton of fresh produce as well free range grass-fed beef and venison. Holly Hill Farm is currently selling Californian meat rabbits, live or butchered for $25 each as well yummy eggs available for $6 right at the gate. Island Bison is located on Hamm Road. Their Bison products are grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free. If you haven’t tried the Bison pepperoni, you are missing out! Tannadice Farm also supplies beef, pork and poultry products.
And lastly, there are the specialty farms. You’ve seen their products all over the place, but did you know that Natural Pastures award-winning cheeses are produced in the Comox Valley? Make sure to also try Tree Island Yogurt. Locally produced and found in some of our local grocers as well. And super tasty!!
Now of course, we can’t include everyone in this post (or it would take days to read!). But that’s where you fine folks come in! Comment on the blog post or on our Facebook post with some of your suggestions of local farms and we’ll make sure to share with everyone. Here are some links below for the farms we mentioned. We hope you enjoy exploring what our local farms have to offer!
Yes, it’s that time once again. We are back with some all new Local Feature Tuesday posts.
This week we thought we should highlight a company that is all about getting you and your toys ready for spring and summer. Whether it be your quad needing a much-needed tune-up after a long winter’s nap or getting your boat ready for spring fishing, Bas Tankink at River Ready Repairs is your guy.
Bas and Roisin Tankink are the proud owners of River Ready Repairs which has been operating here in Campbell River for the past 5 years. Bas is known for his honest and fair approach to his business as well as his ability to rebuild outboards and gear cases. He is a certified Yamaha technician with over 10 years experience both on site for several sport fishing lodges in Haida Gwaii as well as another 7 years here at a local Yamaha Dealership. Don’t have a Yamaha? Not a problem. Bas has lots of experience on a variety of makes and models. When he isn’t busy working you will likely find him out on his dirt bike, one of his favourite past times.
Come to River Ready Repairs to rig up your new power for your boat or install your electronics. If your outboard, dirt bike, ATV, generator or trailer needs a service, repair or just some general maintenance, bring it in to River Ready Repairs. Bas and Roisin pride themselves on providing a superior level of customer service. They stand by their work, provide reliable follow-up and will go above and beyond to make sure that their customers are ready for work or play.
If you want more information or to contact River Ready Repairs you can reach them by;
It’s that time again for Local Feature Tuesdays! We’re so excited to bring some well deserved attention to these fabulous Campbell River and Area businesses and events.
This week we are showcasing Whimsy Woolies, a great mother-daughter business. I have had the pleasure of being personally tutored by Mimi herself and have been grateful to receive a couple of the adorable hats from her patterns for my boys. Here is a little bit more about these lovely ladies and their business below.
Mimi Wilson & Kate Denne, mother and daughter team, are the creators of “Whimsy Woolies”; a crochet pattern design business.
“Myself being the artisan and Kate the queen of computer savvy, allowed my dream to become a reality in this high tech world. Inspired at a very young age by my protegee, Mimi Foort, who was an amazingly talented and spirited Lebanese woman. She lived on Quadra Island, across Discovery Passage from my home. I am reminded of the kerosene lantern, the spinning of the wheel and the smell of fleece. Mimi taught me to knit, crochet and spin. I was 19 when I opened my yarn shop, taught others my crafts, and had a design company for a number of years. This was prior to the web, when it was a great effort to market your talent. I was fortunate enough to sell my designs both in Victoria and Vancouver, but burnout hit and I lost my creative spark for a number of years. Then along came my sweet grandchildren, who have re-ignited my flame. I read a quote that lit a spark, by George Elliot, “It’s never to late to be what you might have been”. I want to leave a legacy, my patterns, a book, something to hold in your hands, a craft that I hope will ignite your creativity. I want everyone to be able to create and enjoy my Whimsy Woolies as much as I have in their creation.I am so fortunate to collaborate with Nycky-jay Vanjecek, the talented artist behind Bluetree Photography. She is amazing, how she captures my precious models personalities and indulges visual touch to my ‘Whimsy Woolies’, releasing the essence of each design. www.bluetreephotography.ca www.facebook.com/bluetreephotography.ca”
Kids room design has really evolved in the last few years. Kids rooms have become a place for parents to showcase their children’s interests as well as matching the vibe of the whole home. You can take the simplest of kids rooms and turn them into functional and fun sanctuaries for your little ones. From bright and bold wall decals to cozy little reading nooks, we’ve gathered some great ideas to inspire your creativity. We’ve also found some awesome shared bedroom ideas that will make your kiddos more than happy to have a roommate!
This first link showcases some AMAZING Toddler Room Ideas:
This old chaise lounge has sat rotting on my back deck for 2 years so I decided to give it a make over. I love chalk paint because it fits my painting style perfectly. NO prepping, quick drying, no rules, and very forgiving to work with! I bought a few colors at Red Living in Courtenay. I know that the cans are fairly pricey but a little goes a long way here! You can use this paint both indoors and out. Below I have provided the step-by-step instructions of this great DIY project.
Step #1- Prep! A quick hose and wipe of the major cobwebs and dirt. That’s about all the prepping I can
handle. I HATE prep work!
Step #2- I watered down the paint a bit to give it more of a beachy, distressed washed look. This paint is non toxic and so easy to work with that my 5 year old helps me with projects!
The paint drys within minutes and you are done!
In this case I rubbed on Annie Sloan Dark Wax to give it a darker finish that would complement the surrounding outdoors.
And in LESS THAN AN HOUR, the cushions are on an the chaise is ready to enjoy!
So…we’re just going to pretend that it’s Tuesday today so that we can showcase a business close to Deanna’s heart.
Going to brag about my husband a bit here today.
We first met almost 20 years ago when I was a dock girl at Painters lodge the summer after grade 12! He had me at “I am a fishing guide”…for real!
I LOVE being out on the water. Catching fish is fun, but I just think everyone should get to enjoy just how relaxing getting out on a boat can be. I love the suspense of a boat trip, never knowing what you may catch or see. I love cruising up through Seymour Narrows and watching the untouched forests wondering if today will be the day I see a cougar or sasquatch saunter out! My best memories are the days we have killer whales swim under our boat or have been surrounded by hundreds of dolphins.
Bryan works most of the year at the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery and spends his summers guiding here in Campbell River and out of Gold River and Nootka Sound areas. This summer has been a busy one with unreal Chinook salmon fishing in the area and weeks of sunny flat calm days. Sockeye season is open and shaping up to be another record breaker!
If you have friends or family visiting and want to get out on the water check out:
I would love to introduce Tiffany McFadden who I originally met as a new client, but now am fortunate to call one of my good friends. She is a Registered Dietitian with a great blog chock full of recipes I refer to time and time again. If you are not already, you should probably start following her Facebook and Blog.
I always look forward to her posts, the recipes are always great and her stories and writing can be pretty hilarious too! Here is one of our favourite recipes:
Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters
1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Oil of your choice, for frying (I used canola)
1 cup plain, Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinches of salt
1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.
Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor.
In a large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Wring out the zucchini by squeezing out small handfuls at a time. Get out as much liquid as possible to prevent soggy fritters.
Return deflated mass of zucchini shreds to bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from more salt (most gets lost when squeezing), add a little bit more; we found 1/4 teaspoon more just right. Stir in green onions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.
In a large heavy skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula. Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned again. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting and getting extra crisp.
For the topping, if using, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, zest, salt and garlic and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving.
We are so very lucky to have some great photographer friends in our lives who have been able to capture beautiful family photos for us. And as you know (because we mention it a lot so you should), our town is beautiful and we love to take lots of pictures while we’re out enjoying it!
But, what do you do with all of these amazing photos? You want to showcase them all, but you don’t want to clutter your space right? We hear you! So we’ve done some Pinterest Research and found some really cool ways to show off your beautiful images. Check out the links below to get some great ideas.
You can just see them starting to ripen on the tops of bushes all over town. Delicious, tart Blackberries. There are soooo many great ways to celebrate the flavour of these dark , rich berries. You will no doubt start to see many people out with ice cream buckets filled to the brim with these little guys. They’ll be made into jams, baked into yummy pies or frozen and used in winter to add some sweetness to our cozy dinners.
We love searching the web for cool, creative way to use blackberries in our everyday cooking. Here are a few recipes that we’ve found to tempt your taste buds!
Comment below and tell us what you’re going to do with your buckets of berries.