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Sept 26 – Baconfest at Urban Digs

Saturday September 26 from 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Head to Urban Digs for the 6th annual Baconfest, a celebration of everyone’s favourite food group…… BACON!

Dishes all featuring bacon
Live music with Still Spirits
Local craft beer & spirits from Odd Society Spirits
Friendly farm animals
Farm market featuring local organic produce & pastured meats & eggs
Admission is FREE for Members. General Admission is $5 (does not include food & drinks). We’ll have an amazing selection of bacon inspired dishes in smallish portion sizes so you can try a bunch.


Tentative menu:

Pastured heritage pork bacon burgers – $5
Pastured heritage pork bacon hog dogs – $5
Bacon wrapped smoked organic chicken – $5
Bacon wrapped oceanwise salmon – $5
Veggies with bacon – $5
Bacony dessert plate – $5
Lots more details coming soon! Advance tickets $5. $10 at the door if they don’t sell out online.


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.

Urban digs farm

  • 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.

Urban Digs Farm and Market Summer Party

Join URBAN DIGS FARM to celebrate the start of summer and opening of the NEW butcher shop and farm stand! 4992 Byrne Road in Burnaby.

Admission includes a boozy or non-boozy beverage, entertainment and a farm tour. Reup BBQ will be working their magic on local, organic chicken, their world famous biscuits & gravy and they’ll be delicious coleslaw made with local organic cabbage too. Smaller, kid friendly portions & dessert available too. More details to come!

FREE for members.
Kids are half price.
Starts at 5pm!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Growing Chefs, who are working with some of our favourite chefs to educate children, communities and families about healthy eating and healthy food systems.


(Tickets may be available at the farm gate; however, we encourage you to buy them online asap as you’ll save money and it makes it way easier to organize on our end. Hard to know how much food to make and beer to bring if you don’t let us know you’re coming 🙂 Thanks from the Urban Digs farm hands! Can’t wait to party it up with you.)

Mothers Day Gifts For Food Loving Moms


It’s time to treat your Mama right this mother’s day. While you may not want her to spend any time in the kitchen on that special day, she’s certainly going to want to get in their quickly once you give her one of these amazing foodie gifts.

From the top left to right:

1) All-Clad Copper Core 2Qt Saucepan SALE $179.95 at Cookworks.

2) The Beasty Box from Urban Digs is a “nose to tail” butchery box. We source locally produced meat from small scale farms like our own that practice sustainable farming methods. $175

3) Northern Divine Caviar 

4) Epicure Mini Baker$17 – grab a set of 6-8

5) Lost Inhibitions Wine from Church and State – because even your mother has to let her guard down sometimes!

6) New Roots Cookbook – Inspired Plant Based Recipes

7) Preserves from Vista D’Oro 

8) Tea from The Urban Tea Merchant

9) Millifera Bees Honey local honey

10) Weber Grills new Weber Q 1200

11) Moe’s Home Collection Ring 3 Tier Pedestal Stand $75

Urban Digs Farm’s Ten Spring Gardening tips

How does your garden grow? We recently visited our community garden plot at city hall and are in the process of planning what we’ll plant this year. It’s a little bare right now! We just have a tiny spot so are fairly limited, but even with a little bit of land the tips below from Urban Digs come in handy. Thanks Urban Digs! 

Urban Digs Farm supplies families and chefs with trustworthy meat, eggs, and produce grown at their farm and by farmers they know and trust. AND good news, their farm stand opens officially this weekend on May 2nd. Urban Digs Farm is at 4992 Byrne Road Burnaby.


  1. Make a plan – we are so fortunate that we can have fresh veggies almost all year round – with a little planning you can plant in succession starting in February all the way through to late fall.
  2. Get composting! Build and feed the soil with microorganisms, worms, and organic matter!  Never mind those little hardware store composters – you need about a metre square of material – 30-40% nitrogen (green – grass clippings, kitchen scraps, seaweed, manures) and 60-70% carbon ( brown – woodchips, old leaves, straw). Add a couple of cups of molasses to get things going.  Let it sit for a week to heat up, then turn it over once a week for about 8 weeks.
  3. Don’t till that soil! I know it feels good to churn everything up to give a fresh start – but by doing so you disrupt the brilliant growing network of mycelium under the ground that is nature’s internet – connecting plants with what they need.  As well, the more you dig, the more you spread those weeds.  Cut old plants off at the soil, let the roots rot and return good stuff back to the ground.
  4. Give your seeds a head start. Using a combination of potting soil (sterile) and vermiculate plant your tomato, cucumber, bean, and pepper seeds indoors  – you can use any desk lamp, or get fancy with a grow light keeping it low over the tray to grow strong little guys who, once there’s a couple sets of leaves, can be transplanted in the big outdoors.
  5. Root and tubers, straight in! Direct seed carrots, beets, parsnips into the dirt – make sure they’ve got lots of room underneath to grow down.
  6. Cut and plant potatoes. Either the seed stock from a nursery or the organic ones that are going green in your drawer can work to provide a great mid summer harvest.  Cut them such that there is at least one ‘eye’ per piece. Trench the row and drop ‘em in – covering with 2-3 inches of good soil.  As they grow, continue to bury the leaves as that’ll make for more potatoes later on!
  7. Cover ‘em up – once outside those little guys are still a wee vulnerable to late frost, birds, or even too much early sun. Cover up the seedlings with remay or an equivalent cloth – that provides protection and insulation while still allowing light and water to get through.  Once they’ve got a good foothold and the days are longer and warmer you can remove the cover.
  8. Mulch – bare dirt is like exposed skin. Use straw, old leaves, or even shredded newspaper to cover all the spots that aren’t planted – it’ll suppress the weeds, hold moisture, and create a lovely haven for beneficial soil critters.
  9. Jump ahead of the weeds – get ‘em before they seed! Hand pull weeds before they take over. They are just doing their job, but since you want other stuff to grow – they need to step aside. The goal is simply to advantage the good by disadvantaging the not so good.
  10. Sharpen your tools – now’s the time to get at those pruners, clippers, lawn mower blades, anything with a blade – all sharp – not only does it make the work so much easier, but means the cuts are cleaner and less damaging to the plant, tree, or shrub.


Baconfest at Urban Digs Farm Burnaby

baconAugust 5 – A piggy potluck and pork roast featuring THE RE-UP BBQ  serving mouth watering tender smoked pulled pork on a bun. Bring your most creative bacon dish to share – delectables in the past have included bacon stuffed things, bacon vodka, bacon rice-crispy squares, bacon muffins, bacon wrapped anything – use your imagination and be prepared to be surprised.

We’ll have great food, drink, folks, live music & our always entertaining farm animals. We’ve scaled up this year and are asking for a donation of $30 per person ($20 for kids 10 and under) to cover the cost of food, drinks & entertainment for yourself and our hard working volunteers who will be helping to put this awesome party together in the middle of our busiest season 🙂

Entertainment, 2 drink tickets, a smoked roasted “Beasty Bun,” salad and a bacony dessert. Draft provided by Parallel 49. Non-alcoholic home-made fruit sodas also served.  Donations can be paid at the gate. Cash preferred. Credit cards also doable. Sorry, no debit but bank machines close by!

Transit Accessible. Please do not drink and drive. 


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