Celebrating 35 years: Your 2021 farm-to-table guide is here!

Farm Fresh, your guide to local farmers since 1987, is available now

Dan Ponchet, President of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association and owner of Dan’s Farm and Country Market, inspects some freshly picked strawberries in the patch. Photo courtesy of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

Dan Ponchet, President of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association and owner of Dan’s Farm and Country Market, inspects some freshly picked strawberries in the patch. Photo courtesy of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

It’s not officially spring until that first red strawberry has been plucked from the field. Well, it’s that time of year again and the farming community is celebrating while gearing up for the new growing season.

The Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association represents approximately 70 farms on the Island and Gulf Islands. This year, the association is pleased to release the 35th edition of the Island Farm Fresh Guide, the Island’s guide to local farms since 1987.

“With everything we’ve been through during the pandemic, it’s important to celebrate the milestones we can and this year we’re excited to present our 35th edition,” says association President Dan Ponchet. “We’ve come a long way since publishing that first guide back in 1987 but our mission has always remained the same. We’re here to connect residents with local farmers because there’s nothing better than farm-fresh products.”

Islandfarmfresh.com makes it easy to connect with local farmers by providing directions, hours, products, pictures and more from local farms. Photo courtesy of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

Islandfarmfresh.com makes it easy to connect with local farmers by providing directions, hours, products, pictures and more from local farms. Photo courtesy of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

When you buy direct from the farm, you know you’re getting high-quality products to fuel your family with the nutrition they need. With everything from fresh, in-season produce and berries to wines, cheeses, sauces and more, farmers produce everything at the local level.

“Supporting local businesses has never been more important and when you buy direct from the farm, you’re not only supporting local business, you’re also helping our local farm families grow – in more ways than one,” Ponchet explains.

The 35th annual Island Farm Fresh Guide is available at local farms and a number of the businesses that support the farming community.

All of the information in the print edition is also available online at islandfarmfresh.com. Whether you’re looking for a farm in your area or you’re out exploring what the Island has to offer, the website – with directions, products, pictures and more – makes it easy to connect with local farms. You’ll also find information about local farmers’ markets and what’s in season. For more information, go to islandfarmfresh.com.

For updates straight from the fields – including when those first berries of the season are picked – you can find more on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just search Island Farm Fresh and look for the logo.

Farm to table has never been so easy.

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