It is finally been hot and sunny for awhile and that is helping the fruit in the orchard to ripen up, and the vegetables to grow.  The forest fire smoke has been making things more interesting, but alas just another factor in British Columbia summers.

Currently we are busy around the farm mowing, weeding and watching the orchard in anticipation to start picking our fruit.  Pollination for the most part was successful, but it certainly is not the bumper crop like last year with that amazing Spring.  We are still on par for this to be a more average year for harvests times, than the past few Summers.

Our Montmorency Sour Cherries, sold out incredibly fast, as we only had a small amount this year. Next up is our Dolgo Crab Apples.  It is amazing the amount of different products you can make with these two tart fruits, each year I learn about a new way to bake, cook or even make cocktails, beers and wine with them.  They are incredibly versatile fruits!  We are anticipating beginning to pick the Crab Apples in one weeks time.  Following these items being ready we should have some Gravenstein and Bramley Apples start to come available, and a variety of other vegetables and beautiful Dahlia bouquets.  This year we will not have our Russian Red Garlic available for sale, as we ended up with a smaller crop than normal and will need it all for seed garlic.  We are disappointed in this, but unfortunately there is never any guarantees in farming!

Once our Crab Apples are ready we will have the farm stand open 7 days a week for pickups and drop-ins. If you have questions, or would like to place an order for anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. As soon as we have a firm opening date of the farm stand will send out a quick notification, and will post to our Social Media accounts. 

Currently at our farm market we will also have our frozen Free Range Roasting Chickens available. These chickens are fed a top quality locally produced grain, and are given no hormones or antibiotics.  Our chickens are also allowed access to graze outdoors.  They are then professionally processed at Farm Fed Processors and flash frozen.

Also available at our Farm Stand is a selection of preserves all made with our own Organically grown products.  Currently available is our Peppery Pear Salsa, Sour Cherry Jelly, Apple Earl Grey Almond Jelly, Strawberry Vanilla Jam, Crab Apple Jelly, and a Spicy Apple Chutney and a Curried Apple Chutney.  Gift packs and baskets are available upon request.  We will have some new varieties of Jams and Jellies available this year – including Strawberry Vanilla with Pistachio Jam, Strawberry and Roses Jam, and Raspberry with Merlot and Peppercorns, with many other news ones to come.

If you have any questions, or would like to place orders for any of our products, please feel free to contact us via phone 604.556.4273 or email: [email protected]  You can also send us a message through our contact us form on the website, or a Facebook message. Feel free to find us on Facebook and Instagram under Garsides Farm.  We post almost daily to our social media accounts with pictures and information of upcoming and current products.