The summer may be over, but the autumn harvest season has just begun. A leisurely afternoon spent exploring Delta's many locally-owned farms is the perfect way to embrace the change of season.
These shorter, crisp days call for comforting soups, rich stews, perfectly roasted vegetables, and even hearty salads created from the bounty of fall crops. Delta is known for its many different farms and farm stands, and they boast an embarrassment of riches at this time of year with a rainbow selection of root vegetables, hardy greens, gourds, squash and more.
It is a lovely way to support local farmers and find sustainably farmed eggs, produce, honey and connect with the charm of the season.
Farming in Delta first originated in the Ladner area, and it is still one of the more established farming communities in Delta. Since then, agriculture has continued to branch out into surrounding neighbourhoods like Tsawwassen.
For a day out in Ladner this fall, consider stopping in at Backroads Family Farm Market to stock up on your fresh fruits and veggies. They also have a beautiful selection of fresh-cut flowers for sale that they grow in their fields. Their farm stand is open up through till October.
Vandula Farms is another must-visit farm this fall. They are a “one-stop market” for fresh produce, beautiful plants, and thoughtful gifts for any season. Check out their fall collection for home decor or gifts for friends while you shop through their fresh fruits and veggies.
The Earthwise Society in Tswawassen is an excellent resource for produce and farming education for Delta. This year they will be putting together their annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Harvest boxes, which is a fantastic way to enjoy fresh Delta produce around the holidays. To learn more or sign up for yours, visit their website.
Emma Lea is gearing up for their Apple Fest on October 6th and will be open all of October with their fresh veggies, Oat Maze, and Pumpkin Patch (don’t forget to pre-order your turkey for Thanksgiving weekend!)
Westham Island Herb Farm will be opening their Pumpkin patch to explore the end of September until after Halloween this year. While you’re visiting, don’t forget to stock up on their potatoes and squash.
Lesser-known Cropthorne Farm is a certified organic family farm, offering mixed vegetables, flowers, and eggs at their farm stand.
And do not miss Angel Estate Winery, for award-winning berry wine. Their wines offer the sweet taste of summer throughout those sometimes long autumn and winter months.
North Delta is a bustling, family-friendly community, boasting serene parks, excellent biking trails, a fantastic South Asian dining scene, and fun local events. And while farming does not immediately pop to mind, there are accessible, centrally located farms along with an award-winning gastropub and legendary brewery committed to supporting and serving local food.
If you are craving a taste of summer, head to Didar Berry Farms to stock up on blueberries frozen at the peak of their freshness. Glory in muffins, pies, smoothies, and crisps all winter long.
The One20Pub is famous for serving dishes with local ingredients from Delta farms. Visit them in North Delta for a taste of local ingredients and an evening out in the fall air. Stay informed on events happening at the pub, like live bands and local musicians, by following their Facebook page.
Keep cozy this fall by stopping in at Four Winds Brewing Co. to stock up on their delicious and local craft brews. Stop in to warm up with a flight, or top up a growler to bring home with you to share with friends.
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