Skooter reports 02/24/13
Sheltered against the rain, Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market is always a friendly gatherings of locals and visitors hunting for tasty treats. From cheese-filled bagels to sugar-frosted cakes, from exotic fruit pastries to mountainous meat pies, there is no shortage of excitement for those who like to imagine they have not eaten for days.
But while small-bunch, artisan-produced dig up is the zest of the moment across North America, Vancouver is going extra than most or more precisely, not going far at all.
When the book entitled 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating was published in 2007, Vancouver authors Alisa Smith and James Mackinnon has motivated those concerned about the carbon footprint that ingredients create when they travel thousands of miles before being chomp through. The pair spent a year eating food that was not just made on their kitchen basin but was also produced from ingredients grown or raised within 100 miles or 160km.
Until the present day and Vancouver-area food and drink providers have since committed themselves to this local ingredient society, offering visitors and residents a full menu of true West Coast flavors as long as they know where to look.
From market to market Granville Island Public Market is a perfect starting point. Together with its globally imported fruits and jars of European preserves, a number of vendors work hard to keep the local foodie flag flying.
Benton Brothers Fine Cheese stocks heady offerings from across Canada and around the world. But they also include a tough selection of appealing products for dairy-loving locavores, many of which are situated just a few kilometers away. Ask for reference, and they will assist you create a cheese plate from little British Columbia suppliers, like for example Agassiz’s Farm House Natural Cheese, take a crack at the rich Country Blue Stilton – and Salt Spring Island’s Moonstruck Organic Cheese, with its creamy Ash-Ripened Camembert.
For famished shoppers one should take a look in a Vancouver’s list of local farmers’ markets. From between May and October, there are several sun-dappled options to choose, while November to April visit a bustling Winter Farmers Market at the Nat Bailey Stadium in the city’s Riley Park-Little Mountain neighborhood. Cyclic produce from the verdant Fraser Valley farming region, which is 60km east of the city, is a focal point of the market, from crisp autumnal apples to orange-hued winter squash.
However, it is not only about fruit and vegetables. In the midst of the 100-mile producers frequently appearing at these markets, Langley-based Chef's Natural Sausage obtains its meat from small Fraser Valley farms, the sun dried tomato and turkey variety is suggested. And while the Flour Peddler can regularly be seen cycling a pedal-operated flour mill at the markets, the majority of his products are milled at the company’s Roberts Creek base, from grains grown in either the Fraser Valley or British Columbia’s further afield Okanagan region, that includes organic oats that are popular with locals who like a hearty breakfast.