Farm map shows where to buy food locally

2016 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map now available.

If you’ve been waiting for the 2016 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map, it’s now available.

Cowichan Green Community, which puts out the extremely popular annual publication, announced April 28 that the seventh edition was hot off the press.

It covers a wide area, from Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, helping Cowichan residents and visitors to the region search out Cowichan-grown food, drink, and value-added products.

There’s a good reason why the 50 Mile Diet and even the 10 Mile Diet is a hit across the Valley.

Blessed with Canada’s only maritime-Mediterranean climatic zone, the Cowichan region is continually making a name for itself for producing a ‘wonderfully diverse’ range of high-quality farm-fresh produce, artisan foods, and beverages.

The map showcases it all, and the talented and hard-working producers behind it. This year, 56 farms and businesses are included, each with something distinctive, fresh, and delicious to offer consumers.

From seasonal fruits and veggies, wines, baked goods, honey, tea, seafood, nuts, berries, and meats, to more unusual products like steelhead trout, hemp, limes, and balsamic vinegar, local ingredients and products can be easily found.

You can browse listings on the map or use the online search component at cowichangreencommunity.org/foodmap, where you can search by farm name, product, production method, or location.

Print maps are available at Cowichan Green Community’s office at 360 Duncan Street in Duncan, or phone 250-748-8506 to find out other pick-up locations.