Local, it’s a word that has become a phenomenon for consumers. Where local was formerly just a way of life as humanity progressed we shifted to a more global way of living. As a society we started to become jet setters while technology progressed, so did our food source in the long run. Grocery stores became suppliers of exotic produce flown in from all over the world. Then, one day there was a shift. A nod to the way things used to be, a slower way of life. Some may say that a piece of produce that came from overseas tastes no different than something grown locally; but have they really tried a ripe tomato from the garden that is still warm from the sun, or an entire meal that was grown, raised and cooked within a 100 mile radius? I would beg to differ.
As Spring finally, and I mean finally arrives to Victoria and surrounding area, my meals are getting lighter, my garden is showing signs of life and food around the city is looking a whole lot more lively. This month we focus on local foods, producers and places to experience that down home feel of a fresh home grown/caught/or cooked taste!
Here are my personal favorites when it comes to treating yourself and your body to a local gastronomical treat:
Hungry Rooster: Pierogis, local sausage, say no more. Location… you’ll need to follow it where ever it goes. Use the Street food app to find your meal for the day: http://streetfoodapp.com/victoria
Finest at Sea: For those of you who love local seafood this is the spot for you. Located at 27 Erie St.
Nourish/ Charlotte and the Quail: Restaurants I frequent, not only for their atmosphere but their local down right delicious food! Don’t miss either of these spots when thinking of where to eat out. www.nourishkitchen.ca/
10 Acres: Not a concept but lifestyle as 10 acres is supplied by 10 acres organic farm as well as local minded farmers, purveyors and fishermen!
Be Love: Delicious, nutritious and never a bad meal or kombucha. This is a restaurant not to be missed for the health conscious and taste driver foodie.
Markets: Here are my top 3, Make sure to get there early to get the best selection!
Moss Street Market
Oak Bay Night Market
Eisenhower Organic Produce: Located in Metchosin they have been some of the founders of farm to table in the area. You can find them at the moss street market or if you are looking for an outing they have farm visits every Sunday from 12-4PM year-round (which means they have food year round too!
Haliburton Community Organic Farm: Located at 741 Haliburton Rd, Haliburton Farm has multiple options for your foodie needs. They have a farm stand, attend farmer’s markets, and do food boxes. Farm tours can be booked for a nominal amount and someone from the board or a farmer will take you through what makes this farm tick! A great way to learn about where your food comes from and why they grow the way they do!
I hope you enjoyed the new places, faces and locations to discover for your conscious eating needs. We hope to see you around town enjoying this local food just like we will be!