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Exploring Abbotsford Tulips and Craft Beer

What’s up in Abbotsford these days? Blossoms and beer!

Abbotsford is growing rapidly of late and the city is attracting all sorts of new and very cool businesses and festivals! We recently ventured out for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival (on until May 1, 2016), and on the way back stopped in for some craft beer and a locally sourced dinner.

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The area is known for it’s farmland and while the Tulip Festival is seasonal, many farms and attractions are open year round; check the Circle Farm Tour website for touring suggestions here.

Be sure to mark your calendar for August 19, 2016 when the Applebarn at Taves Family Farm opens for the season and plan a day in the country.

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The newest brewery is Field House Brewing and they’ve got a variety of seasonal beers and a gorgeous tasting room.

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Bonnie Friesan and her efficient crew Faspa and Co Catering and the brewery and chef worked together to produce a well-paired dinner at the brewery using local and seasonal ingredients

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The long table was beautifully set using local foliage.

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Beets, spinach and ricotta.

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Local duck and fiddleheads!

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Delicious rhubarb!

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For more on Abbotsford, check out our last stay in Abbotsford at Brookside Inn. 

The Applebarn Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

25 Years of Family Fun on Taves Farm – The Applebarn Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

Have you jumped on the pillow at Taves? I have and now it’s your turn as anniversary celebrations take place in Abbotsford on  September 12-13 at Taves.  There’s 25% off guest admissions, entertainment, free pumpkins, and much more!

For 25 years, guests have come to the Applebarn for a family-fun experience that reminds them of days gone by.  In more recent years, the local food movement has also increased interest for people to see where their food comes from.  Parents bring their kids, friends and family pick apples together, students participate in field trips and colleagues take a break from their busy workday.

We invite everyone to come out to the Applebarn and experience a ‘taste of the country’, says Loren and Corinne Taves.

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  • Picking your own apples right off the trees (U-pick)
  • Choosing the perfect pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch
  • Tackling the challenging Corn Quest Maze
  • Bouncing on a hay ride or zip-lining through the barn
  • Petting farm animals, feeding goats, and riding ponies
  • Playing together on a massive air-inflated jumping pillow
  • Blasting corn guns and pumpkins cannons
  • Learning about how bees make honey
  • Tasting freshly pressed Apple Cider
  • Experiencing the local food movement

For more information, visit www.tavesfamilyfarms.com and follow the Applebarn on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, September 12th and  Sunday, September 13th

The Applebarn Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

September 12th

25% off all Admissions to the Attractions

  • 11 am to 12:30 pm      MEI Drumming Band
  • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm    Cake and ice cream
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm    Magican
  • Free pumpkins (one per family with Applebarn Family Pass)

September 13th

25% off all Admissions to the Attractions

  • 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm  Cake and ice cream
  • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm    Magician
  • Free pumpkins (one per family with Applebarn Family Pass)
  • Anniversary Cake and Ice Cream from Birchwood Dairy!

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


We Heart Local Awards


Why not recognize someone in your community by nominating them for these awards. You have until Sept 6 to nominate and then voting begins. You can vote daily, which can be a bit of an effort, but it’s worth it if you you truly love local.

From the release:

Get ready to show your favourites a little love: it’s time for the third annual We Local Awards! For the last three years, the people’s choice awards have highlighted the most popular food and agriculture businesses across the province. Your vote not only helps spread the word about locals doing great things, it shows producers how loved they are by their communities. To get you inspired, we asked our favourite local ambassadors to tell us who they’d nominate (and we’ve included their social info so that you can give them a little local love too!). Meet this year’s 15 awards categories and your local ambassadors below.

  • Favourite Local Farmers’ Market: Zach Berman (The Juice Truck) says, “My favourite farmers market is the Trout Lake Market.” Connect with Zach on Twitter.

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  • Favourite Store to Buy Local: The Vancouver Sun’s award-winning Food, Science & Sustainability Reporter Randy Shore nominates “Urban Digs Farm – they sell meats, fruit, vegetables, preserves, eggs and there are pigs, goats and chickens on site. They also operate their own custom butcher shop in Marpole and do smokehouse items.” Follow Randy on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier: Mark Brand says, “My favorite local meat supplier is Two Rivers.” Ask Mark about it on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Seafood Supplier: Ambassador Kevin Huang (Co-founder of  hua foundation) says, “The Fish Counter. Mike and Rob work directly with producers to provide the best local, sustainable, seafood to Vancouverites – and their fish & chips is something special.” Find out more from Kevin’s Instagram or follow hua foundation on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Cheese Maker: Farmhouse Cheeses in Agassiz is my favourite by far.” proclaims 4 Seasons’ Chef Ned Bell. Connect with Ned Bell on Twitter.
  • Favourite Sweet Treat: Blogger Mijune Pak (Follow Me Foodie) says, “Thomas Haas.” (Click on him and you’ll see why!) Connect with Mijune on Instagramor Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Advocate: Lori Pike-Raffan from Township 7 Vineyards & Winerysuggests “Debbra Mikaelsen, the editor of Edible Vancouver Magazine.” Follow Lori on Facebook.
  • Favourite Local Winery: Ambassador Andrea Potter (Founder of Rooted Nutrition, Certified Chef, Registered Holistic Nutritionist) says, “My favourite local winery is Summerhill Pyramid Winery. They use organic and bio-dynamic practices.” Find out more from Andrea  on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Brewery: David Robertson (The Dirty Apron) says, “My favourite local brewery is 33 Acres.” Connect with David  on Instagram.
  • Favourite Local Food Truck: Sandra Oldfield (CEO/President of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards) says, “My favourite local food truck is Thai on the Fly.”  Connect with Sandra and follow Tinhorn on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local U-Pick: Food writer and author Jennifer Schell suggests “Meadow Vista Artisan Farm Winery in South East Kelowna!” Follow her on Facebook orTwitter, and find out more about her here.


  • Favourite Local Orchard: “I live in Abbotsford so my favourite orchard is Taves Family Farms.” says BC Chicken advocate Cheryl Davie. “Their u-pick apples are so fresh and delicious. There is so much family fun at Taves Family Farms, we make it a day outing!” Connect with Cheryl on Twitter.
  • Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef: Vancouver Farmers’ Markets Operations Manager Roberta Laquaglia says, “My favourite local chef is Rob Belcham of Campagnolo” Connect to Roberta on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Favourite Local Florist: Blogger Jennifer Pallian (aka Foodess) tells us, “My favourite local florist is The Flower Factory on Main!” Double tap with Jennifer on Instagram.
  • Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower: Chef David Hawksworth says, “North Arm Farm from Pemberton.” Connect with Hawksworth on Twitter.

Ready to spread the local love? Here’s how the contest works: British Columbians can nominate their local favourites beginning on August 17 through to September 6. Then, voting is open from September 7th to September 14th, 2015. Anyone living in BC can vote for their favourite nominees in the 15 delicious categories listed above by visitingwww.weheartlocalawards.ca. Everyone’s a potential winner: nominating and voting for your local BC favourites also enters you in a weekly draw for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to your local BC VQA store. Plus, you’ll be automatically entered in the Grand Prize draw for a luxurious three-night stay at Taku Resort and Marina, along with your choice of a cooking course for two, valued at $2,100. This prize includes a $300 gift card for BC Ferries to cover the cost of ferry transportation to Quadra Island. The Grand Prize winner will be drawn on September 15, 2015. Now, if you participated in the WHL awards last year, you’ll remember Taku Resort’s amazing family story. We caught up with Erin Rowsell Taku’s Cookery Manager, to find out what’s fresh this year.We Heart Local: What kinds of ingredients will Taku be featuring in their cooking courses this year? Erin Rowsell: We LOVE featuring local products from Quadra Island and the Comox Valley in our cooking courses.  When in season we always highlight our local seafoods – oysters, mussels, spot prawns, halibut, wild salmon, scallops and so so much more.  There is a beautiful farm – Granite Bay Farm –  that both helps us grow food on the property as well as supplying gorgeous farm eggs and luscious produce! We serve Island-roasted Aroma coffee and locally harvested Red Cedar teas! The Comox Valley has so much to offer including creamy cheeses, organic meats and beautiful, seasonal produce. WHL: Why is supporting a contest like WHL important to Taku? ER: We are teaming up with WHL because we love what you do.  We love promoting local farmers, fishers, hunters and growers in our own community and then of course love all the other BC producers as well.  We believe strongly in supporting sustainable food practices and voting with our forks, and what better way than to partner with other folks doing the same work, such as WHL! Ready to get in the running for this grand prize? Head to weheartlocalawards.ca and help your favourite local producer shine through your nominations and votes. And just a reminder – We ♥ Local is supported by BC Agriculture Council and sustained by thousands of passionate local food enthusiasts – like you! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest,Instagram or download our We Local mobile app and cheer on your favourite local loves while discovering new ones.

Visit a Greenhouse on BC Veggie Day May 23

Owners of British Columbia greenhouses are inviting their neighbours and customers to tour four Lower Mainland greenhouses on May 23 and to see for themselves how so much can be produced from so little, and for so long.

To visit a B.C. greenhouse is to look through a figurative, and rarely uncovered, window and see modern science’s solutions to the time-and-space restraints on food production that have challenged humankind since the first nomad planted the first grain seeds 12,000 years ago.

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In B.C., greenhouse production of flowers and vegetables accounts for 21 per cent of total agriculture production. Remarkably, that production occurs on only 1/100 of one per cent of all the province’s agricultural land.

In B.C., too, greenhouse production puts fresh local vegetables on the kitchen table 10 months of the year.

The occasion the annual BC Veggie Day promotion organized and sponsored by the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, owners of greenhouses in Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Surrey are opening their facilities to the public on May 23.


The greenhouses and their locations are: Calais Farms, 34079 Clayburn Road, Abbotsford; TAVES Family Farms Peppertree Farms, 270 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford; Topgro Farms, 1110 – 264th Street, Aldergrove, and Sunnyside Greenhouses, 1119 – 176th Street, Surrey.

Their open house hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BC Veggie Day is supported by the B.C. government’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. with funding from the provincial agriculture ministry.

The growers’ association website is bcgreenhouse.ca

The association’s Veggie Day website bcgreenhousegrown.com

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