This article was published on September 27th, 2015
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to get out of the city. Bright, vibrant colours create picture-perfect moments and a bounty of fresh ingredients await. While most people head for the local grocery store to pick up the usual weekly groceries, autumn is the perfect time of year to head out on an adventure to stock up on the harvest. Here are seven great reasons why you need to go on a farm tour getaway this autumn.
1. 100-mile diet. This trend has been around for a few years now. Eating fresh and local is important. Not only is it supporting local farmers and the environment, but also it’s a better way to manage a healthy diet.
2. The farmers. Believe it or not when you visit many of these places you get to meet the owners, the real people behind the products you are purchasing. They are passionate about their products and are more than happy to share with you the entire process that it takes to get from farm to table.
3. Get the best of what’s in season. You could asked for anything better than fresh carrots, parsnips, apples, pumpkins, squash, and potatoes. They will be bursting with flavours and high in nutrients. Perfect for warm, homemade comfort foods like stews, soups, roast beef, and turkey dinners.
4. Go for the adventure. Finding fresh, quality ingredients that are in season is part of the fun. Whether you make it a day trip or an entire weekend getaway, you can spend hours hopping from farm to farm finding all kinds of exciting treats and fun activities.
5. More than just fruits and vegetables. Expand your horizons on eating local. Stock up on honey, artisan cheese, meat, wine, craft beer, small-batch spirits, glycerin soaps, and fresh-baked goods.
6. More than just great food. Along your journey you’ll find all kinds of unique items to help with fall decorating, like mini gourds, dried corn on the cob, and beeswax candles. Unleash your creativity into stunning centre pieces, mantle displays, and vibrant touches of nature throughout the house.
7. Dine local. While on your journey stop at restaurants that embrace locally sourced and forged ingredients. Top chefs will go out of their way to create season menus and work with local farmers to put together amazing dishes.
Take a break from the grocery store and head for the fields. The Fraser Valley, located an hour from downtown Vancouver is the largest agriculture regions in British Columbia. Here are some great places you’ll want to stop in at: