I love summertime for it’s abundance of fresh fruit. Being on the West Coast in British Columbia, the weather is perfect for growing berries, fruit trees, and whatever else you can think of. Fresh corn on the cob is also a favourite of mine. The best way to eat summer fruit, is simply rinsed/washed, and then down into the tummy it goes!
A few places I’ve been to for picking fresh fruit, is Krause Berry Farms, and Dreidiger Farms, There are also many other farms, of which I haven’t visited, some in Richmond, Delta, Surrey, and Maple Ridge.
Many years back, I’ve also frequented Meadows Maze, at least 3 or 4 times. There are hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo for small children, etc.. It’s a great place for adults who enjoy the challenge of getting lost in a maze, and a great place for families too.
Unfortunately, we will not have the chance to visit any farms or corn-mazes this year. So the next best method of getting fresh farm fruit, is via Farmer’s Markets. I enjoy walking amongst the stalls of Farmer’s Markets, seeing the fresh fruit and vegetables, eyeing the jars of delicious honey, smelling the fresh baked bread… I should say, though, that not all Farmers Markets are equal. Some are larger than others, some have more variety, and others have more of a “community” feel to them, with local performers attending the event, and with kids’ tents to entertain and attract children.
If you are in an area where Farmers Markets are few and far-between, or simply non-existent, I encourage you to purchase locally-produced fruit. Look for the “Made in BC” sticker (or “Made in wherever you happen to live” sticker). Local fruit and vegetables are more fresh, and your “local” purchase helps the domestic economy.
In any case, I believe I will be visiting Farmers Markets more frequently, as I am now beginning to prepare my own baby foods – fresh, local, and organic (whenever possible) are what I’ll be looking for, for my baby’s produce!