The Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Food Map (BLBF) has been sent to the printers and will be available for free in early June. Businesses, organizations, and farms are welcome to contact CGC to get on our distribution list. Individuals will be able to pick up their 2015 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Food Map from the Garden Pantry Thrift Store in the comings weeks. For other pick-up locations, contact our office at 250-748-8506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BLBF is an annually produced local farm map which has been helping Cowichan residents search out locally produced food, wine, and value-added products for the past six years. Spanning from Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, the map highlights local food, farm products, and businesses.
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.
In the mean time, 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. Happy eating!