Long-time Vancouver Island resident Pablo Plenti is the farmer behind Cowichan Bay’s Mobetta Herbs. On this small acreage, you’ll find greenhouses and raised beds packed with a bounty of mixed fresh greens, herbs, and peppers. Pablo moved to Vancouver Island in 1969 while travelling, picking fruit, and planting trees. Agriculture was clearly a passion for him from an early age.
While the farm name is Mobetta Herbs, Pablo also produces a wide variety of salad greens, baby broccoli, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. The peppers are beautiful and worth the visit just to see the many varieties of obscure hot and sweet peppers on hand.
Pablo supplies his produce to local eateries such as Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant, Cure, and Hudson’s on First. His customers shop at the self-serve farm stand daily – the only outlet for his greens. “It feels so good to hear people tell me, “you have the BEST greens!” This makes it all worthwhile.”
The wide variety of salad greens available offers an opportunity to sample some lesser used salad mixes like Chinese Chrysanthemum, Magenta Spreen, Purslane, and lots of others. There are of course beautiful bags of more common greens including Mizuna, Spinach, Argulua, Tatsoi, and Baby Kale. But Pablo is always on the lookout for unique, nutritious additions to share with his customers.
From the beautiful soil on this property, Pablo gets 2-3 cuttings of greens from his plants. It’s a very intensive way of growing, but he uses organic methods, respecting the soil and allowing it to rest through winter. He passionately believes in growing organically and clearly enjoys growing food for the community.
Market gardening is very hard work, as many of us know, and with a 65th birthday approaching Pablo hopes to retire and work only 40 hours a week from then on.
Farm gate sales are available 7 days a week, March – November at
1465 Cowichan Bay Road.