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Vancouver Day Trips for Food Lovers

17 Sep 2007  100 Mile Diet
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What's your pleasure? Artisanal cheese purchased within view of the goats who gave the milk, candy bursting with fresh hazelnut flavours, salads filled with freshly picked herbs, or honey tinged with the flavour of the fields that surround you? The Fraser Valley is full of small farms selling fresh foods and food products. Chuckanut Bay, just over the border south of Bellingham, has fantastic oysters. It is possible, within 100 miles of Vancouver, to experience a variety of delicious fresh foods that can be purchased right from the people who have grown and harvested them. This list gives some ideas for tours that allow a "taste" of the area and also expands on the ideas found in the book "The 100 Mile Diet."

  • Category: Perfect day
  • 1. Fraser Valley Circle Farm Tours

    Despite all the development , agriculture is very much alive in the Fraser Valley. Six areas have developed Circle Farm Tours that highlight products grown and produced in the area. These farm gate businesses vary from simple owner-operated farm stands to larger operations with many employees. What they have in common is a dedication to high quality and personal service. My favourite is the Agassiz tour, which can be easily done on bike.

  • 2. Limbert Mountain Farm

    I know they are in the Circle Tour listings for Agassiz, but I just went for lunch and wanted to highlight their new cafe. It's only open on weekends, but they use fresh ingredients and have an open kitchen in a bright sunny new addition. Our lunch was delicious. Afterward, you can check out the herbs and the little gift shop.

  • 3. Great artisanal cheese at The Farmhouse

    You can't get any fresher than cheese sold right at the farmhouse. They have a variety of basic cheeses, plus some fantastic gourmet selections such as those wrapped in ash and Camemberts. They also have ice cream.

  • 4. Oysters at Chuckanut Bay

    Chuckanut Drive is easily accessed from I-5 south of Bellingham from the Cook Road exit, and in Bellingham at the Fairhaven exit. (Fairhaven, with its wonderful little shops and cafes, is another great day trip) There are two restaurants, as well as a store selling fresh Samish Bay oysters. The slogan is: "The oysters that we serve today slept last night in Samish Bay" and they are indeed tangy and fresh as can be!

  • 5. Fresh fish at Steveston

    Steveston, on the Richmond side of the Dees Island Tunnel, has a long history in the fishing industry. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site memorializes that history. Fresh fish markets and restaurants serve today's fish lovers. As a side note, when I did my student teaching in Steveston in the 1970s, I was given a demographic for my class. It was roughly 1/3 farmers, 1/3 fishing industry, and 1/3 other. In addition, there were 3rd and 4th generation Japanese-Canadian children in my class, but few other Asians. This area has changed very quickly, and Richmond is now known for its vibrant Chinese-Canadian businesses and culture, with few hints as to the area's farming and fishing past. Steveston gives a taste of how things used to be.