March 14, 2024

Nathan Wild


Spring Is In The Air

Spring seems to be right around the corner. And there's nothing that can prepare you for a season of farming quite like hard manual labor.

We're putting in a new electrical line for our walk in cooler. The line has to be buried so this week we had to dig a long two foot deep trench. Good times 😅


Getting To Know Harmony Hill Basil Farm

We feel it's important to know the hard working people who grow our food. That's why we're excited to introduce Charlie from Harmony Hill Basil Farm, out of Winlaw!

He’s been providing us with his much appreciated microgreens and delicious Basil pesto.


1. Who are you and where are you from originally? I am Charles Curtis . I own Harmony Hill Basil Farm. Focussed mostly on fresh basil but now branching out into pesto , micro greens rosemary and more .


2 How did you end up in the Kootenays?

I originally started farming in downtown Regina Saskatchewan where I had a large warehouse basil farm and grew hydroponic basil there year round . I then moved to the Slocan Valley 14 years ago shortly after having my first child . I thought this area would be fantastic place to raise family compared to the city and seem to be right about that!


3. What's your favorite part about being a farmer?

I like being involved in food production and find that basil is something that can actually make people happy as well as it is very healthy and elevates almost any dish.


4 What are your future dreams?

My future dreams include scaling up pesto production and eventually having it available across BC and the rest of the country . This leads into dreaming of more greenhouses and more basil!! 



Grass-Fed Beef Short Ribs 

Description: When cooked just right these tender, mouth-watering beef short ribs will fall of the bone. Simple slather on your favorite BBQ sauce or dry rub and you're guaranteed to impress everyone at dinner.


About Granby Meat Company

Granby Meat Company is a new butcher shop out of Grand Forks. The owners of Granby also own PV Beef Ranch which has been in their family since 1972. Devin and Brittani are now third generation ranchers and have been running the ranch for the past 5 years.

All of their cows are pasture-raised meaning that these animals spent the majority of their lives outside on a grassy field with the sunlight on their skin, fresh Kooteny air in their lungs, clean water to drink and plenty of nutritious grass to eat.

Their cows diet consists mostly of fresh grass from the mountain range in the summer months. In the winter they're fed a mix of alfalfa, straw, corn silage and rolled barley which is all grown on-farm.

Details: sold per gram.



Parmesan & Chive Biscuits

These savory biscuits are a perfect side for any dish. With salty parmesan, gooey mozzarella and savory chives these are guaranteed to impress.




Why Doesn't Local Food Have A Fad Diet?

Chefs know local food has the best flavour.

Nutritionists know local food is the most nutritious.

Environmentalists know local food is the most sustainable.

So what gives? 

Where are the fad diets, restaurants, bestselling cookbooks and Netflix docu-series?

All trendy diets and eating ideologies fit nicely into an industrialized global food system which allows their ideas to easily spread and eventually enter into the mainstream lexicon. 

The reason the local food movement hasn't taken off is because it can't be mass produced. It is in fact the antithesis of mass produced food - it's food produced by the masses. 

The challenge our movement faces is this: every community has to build their own production and distribution systems from scratch. We need more farmers and better access to farmland. We need restaurants and grocery stores willing to build long-term relationships with local agriculture. And we need more sales and distribution channels to make eating local convenient and accessable. I believe the demand is there - we simply don't have enough supply.

Until these systems are built, one community at a time, our movement will continue to live on the outskirts of popular culture.


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