I buy most of my produce from Kins Farm Market because I believe they represent the next best thing to buying produce straight from a local farmer. Plus their story is inspirational! Twenty-two years ago when the Leung family moved to Vancouver they opened an 8-foot produce stand on Granville Island and now they are running a produce empire with 26 stores. But lately I’ve been getting frustrated with Kins because their lack of local produce has become apparent. So, I took local to the next level last weekend by taking a drive to Emma-Lea Farms.
Emma-Lea is a family run farm located in Ladner, BC, where you can go and pick your own berries. If you’re in a rush you can also buy already picked berries, but I highly recommend you pick your own. To get to the farm you cross the century old wooden bridge onto Westham Island, so bring some lunch and buy an ice cream and you’ll think you’re 1,000,000 miles away from the city. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday.
As an aside, if you’re a parent with a picky eater then I recommend this activity since I’ve never seen so many children eating so many fruits and veggies.
I don’t mean to beat up on Kins because I know they mean well but sometimes we need to be aware that even the ‘local’ option may not always be as ‘local’ as we think it is. I’ve said this a million times, but again, be an active shopper.
It’s officially blueberry season – happy picking!