The Cowichan Valley offers a surprisingly wide range of products from seasonal veggies to honey, bee pollen, tea blends, hazelnuts, berries, and meats like grass-fed beef and rabbit. Local ingredients can be easily found by browsing farm listings on the map or using the online search component at cowichangreencommunity.org/foodmap.
Many of the same amazing farms list on our map year to year but the Cowichan is a region blessed with a rich array of farmers, and every year we welcome new producers to the map. For 2015, join us in welcoming: Warmland Organics, Tanners Orchard, South Island Saskatoons, Unsworth Vineyards, Romney Farm, Local Forage, Caleana, Local Flavours, Wild Plum Farm, Green Fire Farm, Crackpot Florals, Carmenia Farm, Yellow Point Blues, the Garden Path Tea Garden, and Dogwood Ridge Farm and Soap Factory.
This year, the paper map’s release coincides with the launch of the new online marketplace for Cowichan food producers, Cow-op.ca. Cow-op.ca will be the first online marketplace of its kind for the region and will feature a variety of produce, meats, eggs, seafood, cheeses, honey, and more all grown or produced throughout the Cowichan Region.
Many of the same producers who list on the BLBF Food Map are also choosing to sell through the online marketplace. Cow-op.ca will give farmers yet another option alongside the food map, existing farmers markets, CSAs, and farm-gates sales, to get their yummy local fare onto Cowichan plates. For consumers, accessing and purchasing Cowichan-grown food has never been easier.
The online version of the 2015 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Food Map is now updated and available at www.cowichangreencommunity.org/foodmap. Search by farm, product or location. The print maps are available at Cowichan Green Community’s office at 360 Duncan Street in Duncan (or phone 250-748-8506 for other pick-up locations near you).