Beautiful fava beans from Anneth Farm, North Saanich.

There is nothing better than experiencing and tasting food at the peak of its season!  In the Southern Vancouver Island region, on the land of the Southern Coast Salish peoples, this means year-round.  This list is not exact, and not exhaustive…it just gives you a hint of the kind of variety you can expect when you set forth to buy local.

Forge on and enjoy!!

Spring

Haliburton Farm displays their wares at Moss Street Market

Typically Available: Arugula, Bok choi/pac choi, Beans (broad), Broccoli (purple sprouting/regular), Cabbage,  Cilantro, Collards, Green onions, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Microgreens, Mustard greens, Parsley, Parsnip, Peas (sugar snap/snow/shelling), Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnip

Strawberries (start late May), Salmon Berries

Where to find: all regional farm markets and farm stands

Early-Mid Summer

Typically Available: Arugula, Asian Greens, Beans (pole/bush), Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Chives, Cucumber (greenhouse) , Gai Lan, Garlic, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Microgreens, Mushrooms, Onions (green), Peas (shelling/snap/sugar/snow), Peppers (greenhouse), Potatoes (new) , Radishes, Rutabaga, Sprouts (sunflower/other), Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes (greenhouse), Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Currants, Haskap Berries, Loganberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Raspberries, Salmon Berries, Saskatoon Berries, Strawberries

Where to find: all regional farm markets and farm stands

Late Summer/Fall

Typically Available: Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Gai Lan, Garlic (cured), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lentils, Lettuce, Microgreens, Mushrooms, Onions (green, red, yellow), Parsnip, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Sunflower Sprouts, Squash (winter), Tomatoes, Turnips, Wheat (flour), Zucchini

Apples, Asian Pear, Blackberries, Cranberries, Crabapples, Figs, Grapes, Melons (all varieties), Pears, Plums

Where to find:  all regional farm markets and farm stands

Winter

a fabulous display of winter abundance at the Comox Winter Farmer’s Market

Typically Available: Arugula, Bok choi/pac choi, Broccoli (purple sprouting/regular), Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cabbage,  Cilantro, Collards, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Microgreens, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Onions, Parsley, Parsnip, Potatoes, Rutabaga, Shallots, Swiss Chard, Turnip, Winter Squash.

Apples, Hazelnuts

Where to find: Esquimalt Winter Market, Moss Street Winter Market,