North Saanich Flavour Trail - Centre for Plant Health

North Saanich Flavour Trail 2014

North Saanich Flavour Trail - Centre for Plant Health

We are pleased to announce that the North Saanich Flavour Trail will be held this year on the weekend of August 22-24, 2014. We are busy getting our venues organized and will have more details by the beginning of June. We can tell you that the weekend will kick off again with a fabulous BBQ at Muse Winery! The BBQ more than sold out last year so don’t wait long too long to get your tickets! Photo: Tour group at the Centre for Plant Health – what an spectacular view!


Lots to do and see today on the Flavour Trail

There are 11 sites open on the Flavour Trail today (Sunday). Here’s a quick overview of special tour times – check the Flavour Trail web page for details for all venues, including hours.

> Centre for Plant Health: Tours at 9am, 10am and 11am
> Dominion Brook Park (next door the Centre for Plant Health): Tours at 10 am, 11am, and 12 noon
> Documentary film “Food Security: It’s In Your Hands” (Nick Versteeg) at 1pm  at the Pavilion Centre for Plant Health
> Wine and Words at Domaine Rochette: Carolyn Herriot, 11am; Bruce and Logan and Elaine Head, 11:45am; Anny Scoones, 12:30pm, Wally du Temple, 1:45pm
> Demos at Snowdon House at 12 noon (yogourt & ricotta cheese) and 2pm (olive oil bread)
> Permaculture tour at 2pm at Wild Edge Garden Farm
> Tours at Roost Farm Centre from 11am to 2 pm
> Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) at Russell Nursery
> Art in the vineyard at Muse, First Nations art at the Pat Bay Trading Post, pie and ice cream at Cartref Gardens and greens at Greene’s Farm…


Flavour Trail starts at the North Saanich Farm Market

North Saanich Farm Market
Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
@ St. Johns United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich
It’s the North Saanich Flavour Trail weekend!  As in previous years, our market will be the starting-off point. In addition to lots of new and returning vendors (as well as all our regulars), you can come to the market to get your program for the tour.  Hedgerow Press will be back, as will the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners and hopefully, Ed Banas with his wonderful local honey!  Music by Water in the Crawl Space.  And a great dinner starts at the North Saanich Farm Market too. We’ll have Sweet Yellow and Peaches’n’Cream corn from Silver Rill this week.  Summer fruit season has moved into early apples and golden plums.  Tomato season is in full swing, with lots of heirloom and cherry tomatoes, as well as sweet basil, summer squash (yellow and green zucchinis, pattypans), great garlic, new potatoes, fresh greens (mixed salad, lettuces, kales), beans and beets, early winter squash, crafts (knitted goods, hand-sewn dresses and bags, jewelry, garden art), preserves and baking; beautiful flowers; local organic meat and poultry products and eggs; and live music to listen (or dance!) to.

Peninsula Country Market
Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
@ Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton
The Peninsula Country Market is back for another week of farm fresh food and fun!  Be prepared for a lycra storm – Jazzercise at the Market starts at 10:20 a.m. This week’s music: Out Stealing Mules. On that note, next weekend is the annual Saanich Fair – this year’s theme is “The Donkey – Hee Haw” – which means the market is closed for the Labour Day weekend but back again on September 7 through to the Thanksgiving weekend.  Check out our new market video at or on Facebook

Sidney Street Market
Thursday evening, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Next market: August 29
Along Beacon Avenue in Downtown Sidney
Next week is the final week of this bustling street market.

Russell Nursery: A Flavour Trail in Your Own Backyard!

To enjoy the Flavour Trail in Your Own Backyard, first stop is Russell Nursery!  We have starter plants for your winter vegetables, and all the information you need to enjoy a bountiful harvest all winter long, no matter what size garden you have.

Only a balcony?  Try a winter garden in a pot!

Got lots questions? Too many summer veggies taking up space? Can I still seed my own vegetables for winter? What insects do I need to worry about, and how to deal with them? Should I be fertilizing? Do I need to cover the garden for winter?

Ask us! We’re here to make your winter vegetable garden the best it can be, and keep that Great Canadian Refrigerator well stocked.  See you on the Flavour Trail!

Russell Nursery
1370 Wain Road
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Submitted by Fay Ford

Adding Flavour with Art on the North Saanich Flavour Trail

Muse Winery
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich

The Flavour Trail encompasses the ideal of introducing everyone to the local flavours of the community, with locally grown produce, wine and baking, and we think that local art should be a part of the bountiful mix that creates flavour for the home.  We’ve invited a number of local artists to bring their works of art to Muse for the weekend and you’ll find them in the vineyards!

As you wander through the Bacchus, Marechal… also look for the work of Gord Langston and Heather Gunning. Gord and Heather both have their unique flares of taking that which other might discard and turning metal into beautiful pieces of art for the home, garden and to wear.

Pauline Olesen will be bringing some of her fused glass work and jewelry to the vineyard. If you’ve been to the winery before, you might have seen some of her work in our Wine & Gift Shop. Here’s a video clip from a recent Monday Magazine interview at her Piers Island Studio.

In the Bacchus Room, look for work from the Peninsula Plein Air Painters on exhibition and you’ll find a few of those artists in the vineyard… painting… plein air of course! We welcome works from Keith Levang, Stephanie Quainton Steel, author and artist John Moloney, Ian and Renate Waterlow and Paul Alex Bennett.

We hope you can join us to enjoy the marvelous palette of work showing off captured moments and places in our area.

Last, but by no means least…sculptor Paul Harder will be bringing his newest creations to the vineyard.  He mentioned cats and dogs were his newest works – we wonder what kind of cat will be coming to the vineyard!?

We look forward to seeing you out at the winery this weekend.  Keep up to date on all our events on the Calendar on the website.

Bistro Muse will be open for the Flavour Trail weekend and we do suggest reservations.  Along with the regular bistro menu there will be a few extra choices and specials.  Please call us at 250-656-2552 to reserve or email

Photograph: Pharoah’s Sunrise (Pauline Olesen) – Morris Gallery

Adapted from the Muse blog by Pauline Olesen


Ponder the Life of Pie at Cartref Gardens

Apple pie and ice creamThis Saturday and Sunday, as part of The North Saanich Flavour Trail, The Pie Social will be offering homemade fruit pies, served with ice cream, tea and coffee, on the beautiful grounds of Cartref Gardens. The Pie Social began in the summer of 2012, based on the idea that we love our homemade pie, and if we love it, others would probably enjoy it as well! The Pie Social is a family business, with pie making duties shared between Courtney Thomas, her aunt and owner of Cartref Gardens, Eiddwen Thomas and Courtney’s mom, Christine Thomas. Many a Thomas family meal has been capped off by a slice of homemade fruit pie and we are so excited to share our delicious pies with the public.

We love to support local farms, when we aren’t using produce from our own gardens. To date we have made apple, blueberry, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, apple blackberry, and apple rhubarb pies, with peach, pear and plum pies and galettes arriving soon. The Pie Social has received many words of praise, appreciation and encouragement for our product this year, and we are certainly excited about how things are going.

Where’s the Beef? Right here!
Boughneath Farm will be joining us Sunday at the Flavour Trail, with their pasture-raised beef for sale. In addition, we are excited about our Nature Table, which will include many interesting objects for children and adults alike to enjoy! There will also be a nature scavenger hunt for children and ice cream cones.

Submitted by Courtney Thomas

Wine and Words: Author schedule posted

The Sidney Literary Festival has posted the schedule of readings by authors for the Wine and Words event at Domaine Rochette on the North Saanich Flavour Trail weekend (August 23-25). Be entertained with readings by local authors while you sip a glass of Domaine Rochette estate grown wine. Readings start each day at 11:00 a.m. followed by a panel discussion at 3:00 p.m. You’ll also have a chance to talk with the authors and purchase their books.

R. Bruce Logan and Elaine Head
Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Sunday: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Written in each of our voices, this memoir follows a journey from the horrors of the battlefield to peaceful and rewarding humanitarian work.

Wally du Temple and Edward R. Ostachowicz
Ardmore: Home Community and Golf
It is a book about the Ardmore region… with a history of arson, scandal, racism, farming, the du Temple family and the early days of golfing on Vancouver Island.  Wally will read his new released book, titled with I Heard The Eagles Piecing Cry
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday: 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Anny Scoones
Hometown: Out and About in Victoria’s Neighbourhoods
A read full of gems for both the casual visitor and long term resident; it is full of observations, beautiful watercolour illustrations, and fascinating details.
Saturday: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Carolyn Herriot
The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food
Put organic home-grown fruits and vegetables on your table throughout the year, using the time-saving, economical and sustainable methods of gardening….
Saturday: 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Want to know more about the authors?  Visit the website of the Sidney Literary

New! Screening of Versteeg’s Food Security Documentary

The North Saanich Farm Market, in conjunction with the North Saanich Flavour Trail, is pleased to announce a screening of Nick Versteeg’s documentary “Food Security – It’s in Your Hands” on Sunday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Hall at the Centre for Plant Health (8801 East Saanich Road, North Saanich). The screening is a new event on this year’s North Saanich Flavour Trail weekend.

Versteeg’s popular first documentary “Island on the Edge” examined the food history and food future of Vancouver Island, including regulation and legislation that impacts small-scale farmers.  The film has been shown at community events, at political party conventions, and toured Canada as part of a community film festival. Nick’s follow up documentary “Food Security – It’s in Your Hands” asks key questions about food security not just for our island, but for the planet as a whole, and provides interviews, insights and personal experience in formulating ways we can all provide the answers.

For more information, visit or call 250-812-1312. Admission: Donations appreciated.