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WOW! BEST PRODUCE for 9 YEARS! And Best Farmers Market AND Best Place to Meet a Mate this year. We’re truly honoured, and humbled that you took the time to vote for us, thank you so much for your support these past 10 years! Congratulations to our amazing team for their hard work and effort at #thelittlegreengrocerthatcould 🙌 XO

The beloved strawberry – this beautiful berry signals the very welcome start of summer.  Delight in luscious local berries with Root Cellar owner, Daisy Orser in the newest Get Fresh article in EAT magazine.

Click below for the full article or pick up the latest copy of EAT from news stands around the city (and at the Root Cellar).

Get Fresh – Strawberries May_June 2018
PRESS RELEASE: This new venture for the Root Cellar sees the expansion of their retail space, which, from its humble green grocer beginnings of just 4500 square feet in 2008, now encompasses the island’s largest selection of local produce, a full-service butcher and deli, an extensive bulk foods department, boutique floral and garden market, artisanal grocery products, locally baked goods and dairy products to an 11,000 sq. ft. locally focused shopping experience with the addition of their new coffee space, The Coffee Project.

Root Cellar Co-Owner, Daisy Orser said “We are proud of our deep roots in the community and see this expansion as an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our customers, give them a little treat to look forward to while they shop or to bring home to their families.  We have been overwhelmed by requests and suggestions for this space and as a small business we are thankful to have the opportunity to really listen and give our customers what they want.  Pop in for a locally roasted coffee and a wholesome lunch to go (with a local & gourmet nod) on your way to work or enjoy a brew and a sweet treat while you shop (often to the sound of live local music in store).”

The Coffee Project opened its doors on March 20th and embodies the Root Cellar’s local focus, offering honest to goodness lunch and snack options to go from 7AM to 8PM EVERYDAY – think a sandwich of house roasted orange & fennel pork loin with kimchi, garlic aioli and arugula, or a soba noodle salad with bok choy and house marinated mushrooms – in addition to serving locally roasted Discovery Coffee featuring a special Root Cellar blend, Jaga Silk and Silk Road teas, as well as locally made cold pressed juices and turmeric lattes.

The Root Cellar’s loyalty to local farmers and producers, passion for providing sustainable lifestyle choices and long-standing commitment to their community is clearly reflected in every aspect of their new space, from the locally made and lusted after Yonni’s donuts and giant delicious Sidney scones to the compostable cutlery.  Every new offering is intended to inspire you as well as introduce you to Vancouver Island’s culinary treasures.

With the world’s most popular banana, the Cavendish, threatened by a global virus, find your new favourite here in the newest Get Fresh article from Daisy Orser.  Discover the spectrum of delights from the sweet Red and stubby Burro to the classic Plantain.

Click here for the full article or pick up the magazine from news stands around the city (and at the Root Cellar!).

 

 

 

These rays of seasonal sunshine in the middle of winter have distinct naughty by nature proclivities.  Find out more about this unique family of fruits in the first EAT magazine issue of 2018.  The newest Get Fresh article from Root Cellar owner, Daisy Orser, details this ever expanding extraordinary family tree; come and delve into the wonderful world of citrus with us.

Click here for the full article or pick up the magazine from news stands around the city (and at the Root Cellar!).

Look for the Root Cellar’s insider tips from owner, Daisy Orser, in the GET FRESH section of every edition of EAT magazine.   Discover how your food is grown and meet the local farmer’s behind some of the most amazing island produce available throughout the seasons here on Vancouver Island.

Discover the lovely seasonal treats that are Persimmons, at the height of their season right now.   These beautiful vibrant orange Asian tree fruit are both astringent and sweet, and dependent on the variety, amazing eaten fresh (Fuyu) or in baking (Hachiya).

Read on in the November/December issue, on news stands around the city and at the Root Cellar now.

Sustainable, dairy free, gluten free, environmentally friendly, non GMO and most of all, super DELICIOUS!  YES, really!

Made with organic cricket protein flour from Ontario and all natural whole ingredients these bars are available in Peanut Butter (with apples, pears and honey) or Dark Chocolate Raisin (with sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and vanilla) in store from today!

So why crickets?  Well, we all know food security and industrial production are key discussion topics at the forefront of our society –  for the future of not just our farmers, but also of ourselves and our environment.

This is where crickets come in – not only are they a complete protein (with all 9 key amino acids) chock full of vitamins and minerals, they require 2000x less water than cows, produce 100x less emissions and require significantly less land.  Wow!  Next time you pop in for produce why not try something new and join us in looking towards a future with sustainable protein.

 

 

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The holiday season is upon us and December is fast approaching – local produce is getting harder to find but take a look at these numbers – We always choose local first and are proud to offer this selection in November! Amongst these numbers you will find a selection of over 20 varieties of Okanagan Apples and 3 types of Okanagan Pears to satisfy your sweet tooth … all of them crisp and delicious!  This week we’re expecting a new variety.. the JONA RED.. we can’t wait to try it!

Local count 54. BC produce count 60. Organics count 104.

It’s TURKEY TIME! YES we have Locally Raised, Free Range, Grain Fed, Hormone & Antibiotic Free FRESH TURKEYS available to book for your holiday feast! And YES local turkey TASTES BETTER! But we’re wondering if FREE TURKEY tastes even better… if you PRE-BOOK your turkey, you will be entered to win it for FREE – so you can let us know!  Please visit our Chop Shop Meat Market, a full service butcher shop and deli determined to make you hungry.

Island Grown Fresh Christmas Trees have arrived – The holidays are in full swing in The Potting Shed At The Root Cellar; The Christmas Tree forest has appeared-with a huge selection of trees, fresh wreaths and holiday greens, and of course carols and candy canes for the kids – Stop by for a visit and start your season with a local focus!  While you’re here we can of course help you out with your holiday gift shopping, poinsettias, amaryllis, paper whites and perhaps some flowers for your sweetie (or book your centerpiece for Christmas dinner while you’re at it).

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It’s a sunny autumn morning here at the Rootcellar and things are happening!

A huge order of tomatoes has just arrived with all sorts of wonderful varieties: Campari Tomatoes, San Marzano Tomatoes, Mini San Marzano tomatoes, Yellow Campari Tomatoes, On the Vine Tomatoes, and Grape and Cherry Tomatoes of all colours, shapes, and sizes!

5lb Flats of BC Strawberries are in steady supply, enjoy the tastes of summer while they last!

Locally grown parsnips have started rolling in from our friends at Michell’s farm… think of all the great fall recipes!

Pear lovers will be happy to hear that we have just received more new crop pears from our friends at PT Fruit growers up in Oliver: Bartlett, Anjou, and Bosc will all be here in abundance.

If you are looking for fall recipes to inspire your grocery shopping, check out the recipe archive on our website www.therootcellar.ca .

Stay tuned for more exciting news, or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/rootcellar for daily updates.

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Welcome to another edition of Market News.

It’s an exciting week at The Root Cellar.. the FIRST OF SEASON arrivals of BC grown vegetables are pouring in.. Bunched Spinach, Bok Choy, Shanghai Bok Choy, and Organic Green Kale have already arrived! BC grown bunched Radishes, Asparagus, and Chard are expected later in the week.

We hope for more sunshine.. with warmer weather BC grown Lettuces and Green Onions will be arriving sooner than later! Keep a lookout in store for ’em!

As for the LOCAL goodies in store… we have locally grown Green and Red Kale arriving next week! Tomatoes, cucumbers, mustard greens are in store now, with much more LOCAL on the way!

BC and Local greenhouse items are in abundance at this time of year… the first arrival of BC sweet tooth peppers just came in yesterday!

BC grown Apples are coming to an end, the good news is.. fresh New Crop juicy and crisp apples from New Zealand and Chile are coming in!

Onion lovers will be happy to hear that the famously sweet Georgia Vidalia onions are now in stock for their short season. It’s time to get these fabulous onions while they last!

Hurry over! Wild Harvested fiddle heads are still available but.. not for long!!! The fiddle head season is coming to an end shortly.

Remember to check out Dirt Cheap This Week tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in store, on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/rootcellar) or right here on our website! Also just a reminder, that every Wednesday is DOUBLE AD WEDNESDAY! With 2 ads in effect for one day!

See you soon!