Explore The Province
Food Circle Farm Tour gives us an inside scoop of what’s happening this spring in the Fraser Valley region.
Question: Why is it important for Vancouverites to visit local farmers and artisans in their communities?
Answer: The task of sourcing local food and connecting to where your food comes from can be a difficult one. The Fraser Valley communities of Maple Ridge Pit Meadows, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Agassiz have developed a program to connect the consumer to products produced in the agricultural belt known as the Fraser Valley. Working together as Farmers, the vision of a self-guided Circle Farm Tour came to life in 2003.
Q: What are some of the activities you can do when visiting the various regions?
A: Interwoven between the Fraser Valley communities is a rich farming culture that works hard to bring the juiciest berries and garden-ripe produce directly to you and your family. Spend the day visiting a variety of farm gate vendors offering products such as fruit, vegetables, wine, cheese, grains, flours, honey, and so much more. Finding your way to the barn door has never been easier.
"Interwoven between the Fraser Valley communities is a rich farming culture that works hard to bring the juiciest berries and garden-ripe produce directly to you and your family."
Q: Any tips for getting around and seeing as much as possible?
A: Accessing each farm is possible by car, but don’t forget your bikes. You can simply map out your route and bike between some of the properties. In the summer, take a cycle tour of Agassiz and Chilliwack during the annual Fraser Valley Slow Food Cycle Tours, learn about sustainable farming, and tour a variety of farm operations in these two communities.
Q: Does the rural experience make for a great weekend escape from the city?
A: Living in Vancouver is beautiful — you have the ocean and the mountains — but by taking a drive to the countryside, you can enjoy a different pace of life. This leisurely drive to the Fraser Valley will delight your senses and help you to discover the tasty world that is beyond the bridges.
Q: How can one be part of B.C.’s local food movement?
A: The best way to support B.C.’s local food movement is to support local. Travel to the Fraser Valley and visit our 60-plus quality Farm Gate Vendors just beyond the bridges.