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Dig in in the city
Even if you live in Vancouver, there's no excuse for not enjoying fresh, local Pemberton produce practically grown right in your backyard. Along with Helmers and Rootdown Organics, Ice Cap Organics, an eight-acre farm run by Delaney and Alisha Zayac, makes a point of keeping delicious, fresh produce flowing to city slickers via farmers' markets there. Locals in Whistler/Pemberton area can sample Ice Cap's impressive organic veggies through their harvest box network - another CSA venture - and enjoy an array that reads like a who's who of vegetable gardening, including intriguing Scarlet Ohno turnips and piquant mizuna. Alisha and Delaney are happy to take you on a tour of their farm, and show you the new chicks they're raising that you can buy for your own backyard chicken ranch. Call first. Visit their blog ( http://icecaporganics.blogspot.com/ ) to learn more.
Farmers' markets, sky to sea
• Pemberton: Wednesdays 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pemberton Valley Supermarket parking lot. North Arm Farm, Helmers' Organic Farm, Riverlands Market Garden, Rootdown Organics
• Whistler : Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Upper Village near Fairmont Chateau Whistler. North Arm Farm, Riverlands Market Garden, Rootdown Organics every second Sunday, starting July 24.
• Squamish Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cleveland Ave. North Arm Farm, Helmers' Organic Farm, Riverlands Market Garden, Rootdown Organics. Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Village Garden Centre.
• Vancouver: Trout Lake: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Helmers' Organic Farm, Ice Cap Organics. Kitsilano: Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 10 th . Ave. & Larch St. Helmers' Organic Farm, Ice Cap Organics, Rootdown Organics every second Sunday, starting July 17. West End: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Comox St. Ice Cap Organics. Main St. Station, Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Ice Cap Organics
Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who loves her local farmers.