Want to buy fresh food locally? Then you’ll want to have a copy of the Cowichan Food Map in your back pocket, or a link to cowichangreencommunity.org/foodmap in your mobile.
“The map is a fantastic resource for families who want to find local food grown right in their own neighbourhood or on their regular driving routes,” explains Cammy Lockwood, from Lockwood Farms. “The map really connects people to where their food is coming from.”
Many farms, like Lockwood, have been listing their diverse products on the “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” map since its inception six years ago, but Cowichan is a region populated by a rich array of farmers and food processors and every year new producers are added to it, says a release from the Cowichan Green Community, which produces the map.
This year, the paper map’s release coincides with the upcoming launch of the new online marketplace for Cowichan food producers, Cow-op.ca.
Cow-op.ca will be the first online marketplace of its kind for the region. It will feature a variety of produce, meats, eggs, seafood, cheeses, honey, and more all grown or produced throughout the Cowichan Region.
Many of the same producers who list on the BLBF map are also choosing to sell through the new online marketplace.
Print versions of the map are available at CGC’s Garden Pantry Thrift Shop at 360 Duncan Street or phone 250-748-8506 for other pick-up locations near you. For any questions regarding this year’s map, contact Heather at 250-748-8506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.