Links and Resources

Seasonal Availability Chart

Growing our awaremness of what we eat brings control of our food system back home, where it belongs. Eating local starts when you make a commitment to buy local, seasonal, and sustainable. Use our Seasonal Availability Chart as your guide to get you started eating locally and seasonally. 

Tips on How to Get Local

  • Shop at farmers' markets and get to know the folks growing your food. Visit the BC Association of Farmers' Markets website to find a market near you or visit the Vancouver Farmers Market website for information about Vancouver markets (including the twice-monthly winter market.)
  • Visit a farm, meet the farmers and learn how your food is grown. The Fraser Valley Farm Direct Marketing Association's website lists farms, products, and activities. You can even download their BC Farm Fresh Guide. Visit the Circle Farm Tours website for a list of tours by region.
  • If you're looking for Organic Delivery Services, Meat and Dairy, CSAs (Community Shared Agriculture), Food Buying Clubs, Fruit Tree Projects, Sharing Farms, Seeds, Community Gardens, Community Kitchens, Harvest Preservation, and more visit FarmFolkCityFolk's Knowledge Pantry.
  • Find Seasonal Recipes and learn about varieties of produce you're unfamiliar with at World Community Cookbooks.
  • Find more Recipes from BC food businesses.
  • Ask questions about where your food was grown. Read product labels. Where was it processed? Where are the ingredients from? If the information isnÕt there, many products have a toll-free phone number you can call to ask. Get to know your food.
  • Encourage your family and friends to Get Local! Tell them about our website!
  • Read about local food in Edible Vancouver, a great magazine that tells the story about food and farming in Vancouver's foodshed.

Recipes

As anyone who goes local knows, it's impossible to eat locally without eating seasonally, too. In addition to our fabulous Seasonal Chart, the following is a list of local business websites that have great recipes featuring local foods.

Anita's Organic Grain & Flour Mill Test Kitchen
BC Fresh (beets, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, parsnips)
BC Farm Fresh Guide: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
Duende Farm: Garlic recipes
East End Food Co-op: A variety of recipes
Edible Canada: A variety of recipes
Estevan Tuna: A variety of tuna recipes
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks: cheese recipes
Natural Pastures: cheese recipes
Many of our Get Local members have an email sign up option for receiving seasonal recipes, including Hopcott Meats!

Eat Local initiatives throughout British Columbia and Canada

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Get Local Metro Vancouver
Eat Kamloops
Slow Food Vancouver
Shuswap Food Action
BC's Hwy 16 Region
Kootenay Food Directory
Creston Valley Food Action Coalition

ALBERTA
Dine Alberta
Slow Food Calgary

MANITOBA
100 Mile Manitoba

ONTARIO
Toronto:
Local Food Plus
Hamilton:
Hamilton Eat Local Project
Waterloo:
Food Link

QUEBEC
Aliments de Quebec

NOVA SCOTIA
Select Nova Scotia
Women's Institute of Nova Scotia Buy Local Challenge

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Fresh from our Farms