While the cool farm soils of the Cowichan rest under cover of mulch, the heat is being turned up on the 2015 production of Cowichan’s premiere Food Map.
Published annually in June, the BLBF! Cowichan Food Map is a comprehensive directory for sourcing local food; it makes food producers more visible in the region, supports their growth into the market, and links consumers to local food. The map showcases our region’s abundance of local farms, food producers, and local food events. The map is available to the public for free.
The map enhances the local economy by promoting these local food producers, but also by promoting local businesses, restaurants, farmers markets, garden and grocery stores. All are important contributors to our local food system, and the map seeks to build relationships between all facets of the food chain for a stronger, more resilient community.
Since 2010, we have printed 10,000 copies annually of the map which are distributed to both residents and tourists alike. Printed copies can be picked up at CGC’s office, via local farmers, farmers’ markets, and tourist centres throughout the Cowichan Region. The map is also available online here: Buy Local! Buy Fresh Cowichan Region Food Map and is compatible with most mobile devices.
As demand for local food increases, listing in our guide is a cost-effective way for local farmers to reach this growing market. Registration for the map takes place each year starting in December and closing in March. Click here to register online or download a registration form.
Spots are limited so register today.