Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, August 18-20, 2017 is celebrating 10 Years and there is a great weekend in store!! Consisting of over 20 venue stops and activities throughout the weekend, as well as two special events, the festival has something for everyone. Learn More Here. Download festival Brochure and Map here!! (Side 1 and Side 2 of brochure.)
Be sure to stop in at Deep Cove Market – The Funky Market and Community Meeting Place in North Saanich! (10940 West Saanich Road near Wain Road)
Deep Cove Market has been serving celiacs for more than ten years with the most eclectic selection of gluten-free products that Vancouver Island has to offer. Their Gluten-Free Product List does not begin to do this celiac champion justice. Trust Deep Cove to carry the brands that are impossible to find at major retailers – honouring independent celiac manufacturers who are dedicated to supporting us – one kitchen to another.
A first and last stop shop for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Schwarz Bay Ferry Terminal as you arrive or a last stop before heading to Vancouver or the Gulf Islands, you’ll be sure to leave with items you won’t find anywhere else.
An ideal destination for a Sunday drive or bicycle trip from Sidney or even Victoria. Be welcomed with wide verandahs, aisles jam-packed with goodies and shaded, picnic seating in a beautifully landscaped garden.
Open 8-8 Seven days a week
A Small Business at the Heart of the Community
“The Deep Cove Market is not your typical convenience store. A destination for foodies, it’s a charming country market nestled in North Saanich that has become, through much hard work, a gem of a meeting place for the community.
After the Deep Cove Farm on Wain Road was retired, I wanted to provide locals like myself with a place to meet over breakfast, lunch or lattes and have a place to shop that supports our local farming community. If you want locally raised lamb, beef, poultry and eggs, it’s a place worth visiting. 10 years ago, with no grocery experience whatsoever … more
Deep Cove 10th Anniversary Feature Review in the Peninsula News, March 2015.
“Walk into Deep Cove Market and the first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of smiling faces. With the smell of fresh coffee lingering in the air, the charming wood plank floor and woven baskets of produce capping off the aisles, it’s easy to see why the shoppers are in a good mood. There’s a quaint feeling of discovery that permeates the shop, as though the perfect ingredient is waiting just around the corner. “I’ve tried to offer a lot of organic products and local products. In the summer, we try to have 100 per cent local produce,” she said. “We try to make the choices really interesting, besides regular grocery, we try to have a lot of specialty items just to make it more fun for the consumer.” That includes spending sometimes hours on the internet trying to track down a supplier if a customer has made a special request, said Waddington, always prioritizing local first” … more
Rosemary is a frequent (gluten-free) recipe contributor to Sidney’s Seaside Magazine.
Here are just a few of her best!
Island Dish: Tomato Jam
“What is tomato jam? It’s a thick, intensely tomato-flavoured condiment that is delicious enough to
- spread on your favourite burger (you’ll never use ketchup again)
- serve up on a fresh (gluten-free) baguette
- toast point with cheese
- toss into pasta with some fresh parmesan shavings
- add to your homemade soup to elevate it to a whole new level
- eat it all by itself right out of the jar. It should come with a warning on the label: “highly addictive.”
Island Dish: Summertime Spinach Salad
“I have to be honest here and tell you that this recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Ros Scott. I love this salad for many reasons: it is colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for!
There are a number of ingredients in this recipe that are part of the top 100 healthiest foods list. First of all, we have the fresh local spinach that is readily available at markets this time of year. Spinach is among the top greens for folate, and it contains high amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium, which offers antioxidant protection and supports thyroid function.” See recipe here
Island Dish: Spring Fettucine
“When I think of spring, lamb and asparagus come to mind! The Galloping Goose Sausage Co. in Metchosin makes excellent herbed lamb sausages. They are gluten- , MSG- and preservative free. We are fortunate here at the Deep Cove Market to be able to carry fresh asparagus from Raphael at Guités Farm on Oldfield Road. I’m a big fan of easy one-dish meals, so I have combined a number of items I carry here at the Market into one entrée. This dish could easily become gluten free by substituting the pasta with a rice pasta or quinoa. I also think the lemon cooking sauce would pair nicely with chicken if you are not a lamb fan. We carry farm-fresh, free-range, antibiotic-free chicken from Kildonan Farms located right here in North Saanich. I am also a huge lover of Greek food, so I combined the lemon and lamb with peppers, onions and feta. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ” See recipe …