Ever pick a bright nasturtium blossom, bite the end off the little tube at the back of the flower, then suck out the hidden nectar? Or yank a baby carrot straight from the garden and munch it down faster than you can say "wabbit"?
Then you're over the moon like the rest of us fresh fruit and veggie junkies. Summer has finally landed, bearing that sweet local produce we crave year-round.
For our friendly neighbourhood farmers in Pemberton these are high and highly intensive times, when months of labour and decision-making start paying off.
I'll feature more on these producers later but to whet your appetite, here's a round-up of some fine Pembie producers. Check them out on their farms or at one of the many farmers' markets dotting Sea to Sky Country. A full list of markets, with the ones noted that Pembie farmers attend, appears at the end.
A river land of veggies and seed
Jesse Fromowitz cut his eyeteeth farming 13 years ago through WWOOF Canada - Willing Workers on Organic Farms. After doing his own market garden in Pemberton Valley, he hooked up with Riverlands to develop an organic market on four acres. There, he and his brother, Elliot, now harness the "power of Nature" and apply traditional, organic farming techniques, such as using herbs and plants like stinging nettle and horsetail to provide nutrients and control pests. The results are amazing: Riverlands Market Garden was selling impressive zucchinis at farmers' markets when most local producers only had ones the size of your baby toe! Check out their heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, lettuce, squash, carrots and much more at markets. And get in touch for Riverlands own heirloom seeds by contacting the Pemberton Farmers' Institute website ( pembertonfarmers.com ).
A Sturdy supply from North Arm
From their 60-acre, organic North Arm Farm, Jordan and Trish Sturdy provide a huge array of fresh fruits, veggies and great field-to-fork experiences. Professional chefs from Vancouver to Whistler depend on their produce, from buttery sunchokes to amazing flower blossoms and spring greens, and the fresh baby root veggies now popping up. Match them at their game or, if you missed last Saturday's Outstanding in the Field long table event (picture a very long, pretty dinner table in the midst of green fields set for 100+ people), then drop by the farm and gather your own fixings. Visit 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and pick your own fresh berries and, soon, peas and beans. Or buy fresh produce right from the field or at the markets, including spring greens sprinkled with edible flowers. If you need a break, The Pony Espresso has teamed up with North Arm to serve full meal deals in the barn. Or share the next long-table moment, starring Araxi chef, James Walt, who proved his outstanding talents at the Outstanding event. Sign up for fresh sheets and more at Northarmfarm.com .