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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!).

The Root Cellar matched dollar for dollar, all donations collected at the tills during the week of Dec 14 – 20, 2017.  Combined with the donations received in store to the Rainbow Kitchen kettle, the grand total for the 2017 campaign is $13,801.56 (exceeding that of last year by $1,300).

Root Cellar owner, Daisy Orser said “we are honoured to help feed our community and contribute to such a worthwhile non-profit organization.  We are also extremely proud to announce that our 5 year donation grand total, solely from the Root Cellar’s annual fundraiser for the Rainbow Kitchen, is over $47,000!”.

Through the generosity of the Root Cellar customers and staff, this donation means that a hot meal has been served to over 24,000 people, including families and children in need, within our very own community via the efforts of the Kitchen over the past 5 years.

The continuing collaboration between the Rainbow Kitchen and the Root Cellar has proved an enduring and successful local partnership within the community, and both parties look forward to working towards creating a sustainable food network accessible to everyone, a belief central to both the Root Cellar and the Kitchen.

Rainbow Kitchen board member Jennifer Hawes said “this holiday fundraiser is one of the most important contributors to the annual running costs of the kitchen, and is in addition to the ongoing donations provided to the kitchen by the Root Cellar this past 5 years, that’s over 500lbs of perishable food each and every week – the only grocery retailer to support the kitchen in this way.  Our ongoing partnership means that we can continue to provide healthy nutritious lunches for up to 150 people every week day, and that’s a wonderful gift that extends far past the holiday season.”

Read the full article in Saanich News here.

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.

 

 

We’re holding a very special THANKSGIVING giveaway!

At Thanksgiving we’ll be sitting around our dinner table and reflecting on the things we are thankful for this year.  We have so much gratitude for you – our wonderful customers, huge appreciation for our awesome RC team, and much love and admiration for our farmers and growers.

Tell us what you’re thankful for on our @rootcellar ‘Give Thanks’ post on our Facebook or Instagram pages and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card!  Full entry details on each post.  Contest ends Friday October 6th 2017, good luck!

We are absolutely thrilled to see another local Victoria company, Flytographer, as passionate as we are about making all of your experiences extraordinary (not just grocery shopping, and meal time!), and very proud of our very own The Potting Shed at The Root Cellar’s oh so pretty flower arrangements from our talented team of florists for the company’s first annual garden party.

The party was held to celebrate the success of their year and for the Flytographer team to have a little fun together! Read their full blog post here.

We are delighted to be the featured local farmer this month at the Q restaurant at The Empress​ Hotel on Victoria’s harbour.

This exceptional restaurant in the iconic Fairmont Empress​ showcases the best of the Pacific Northwest cuisine with dishes based on fresh regional ingredients, partnerships with local farmers and artisans, sustainably sourced seafood and traditionally raised meats.

Farm fresh BC and Island Grown produce direct from the Root Cellar is the cornerstone of these 3 delicious feature dishes, on the menu this month at the Q. A fantastic example of local supporting local here in Victoria.

Our friends at Woodwynn Farms are inviting the community to their picturesque piece of paradise for some seasonal cheer and the official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of their year-round farm market.

Housed in an restored old dairy barn built in the 1940’s, The District of Saanich has approved a year-round garden market at Woodwynn Farms Theraputic Work Community to sell the fresh fruit and veggies its residents produce on their 193 acre farm (all organic and heirloom varieties).

An old dairy barn was restored and converted into a farm market at Woodwynn Farms.
An old dairy barn was restored and converted into a farm market at Woodwynn Farms.

Find fresh seasonal winter veggies like kale, turnips, cabbage, lettuce, radish, herbs and more alongside frozen whole chickens and heritage breed pork. They also offer value-added farm products like dried herbs, teas, infused vinegar, bath salts and sauerkraut. 

The ribbon cutting takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11am, followed by an open house in the market from noon until 3pm. The Knights of Columbus Council #1256 will be on hand serving chili and a bun for a $5 donation. There is a wreath-making workshop ($5 donation) and live music and hot apple cider.

Root Cellar owner Daisy Orser and Woodwynn Farm founder Richard Leblanc in front of the Farm Market. The solid wood doors were hand-crafted by residents of the farm.
Root Cellar owner Daisy Orser and Woodwynn Farms founder Richard Leblanc in front of the Farm Market. The solid wood doors were hand-crafted by residents of the farm.

Woodwynn Farms’ Homefulness program provides a safe place for formerly homeless and recovering residents to live, a warm bed and three meals a day in a clean and sober environment. The residents work together on the farm, bringing their various skills and assets to the table, to build a sustainable, healthy, peaceful community. Residents’ days are very structured, including time for mindfulness exercises, farm work and meals. They start each week day with a yoga session at 5:45am before breakfast and their morning meeting.

The proceeds from the farm market will go to help increase the number of residents at the therapeutic work community, which now houses only 7 residents on its nearly 200 acres.

They submitted a request to Central Saanich Mayor and Council to increase the numbers of participants being helped at Woodwynn to 40 over three years, with no rezoning, and no land lost from the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Woodwynn has operated for more than seven years without any police incidents related to resident activity, but have met resistance from the community in terms of growth of the program.

We sincerely hope the community can provide the support they need in order to provide more opportunities for healing at this truly one-of-a-kind community here on the Saanich Peninsula. It’s awe-inspiring to see our community come together in support of programs such as these. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing community!

The farm was owned by William (Billy) Woodward, former president of Woodward’s department store and former Lieutenant Governor of BC. He purchased the land in 1941 after returning to BC from Ottawa after the Second World War. The farm takes its name from Woordward and his wife Ruth Wynn-Johnston.  

It’s a remarkable piece of Saanich history, and is worth the 25 min drive from Victoria just to take in its beautiful vistas, the serenity of the labyrinth in the peace garden and the delicious farm produce in the market. 

Woodwynn Farms founder Richard Leblanc gives a tour of the property's peace garden, which is open to the public.
Woodwynn Farms founder Richard Leblanc gives a tour of the property’s peace garden, which is open to the public.

Find Woodwynn Farms at 7789 West Saanich Road, two minutes north of Brentwood Bay Village. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Www.woodwynnfarms.org

A gorgeous Saanich vista
A gorgeous Saanich vista from the farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more about the Market Ribbon Cutting here: http://www.woodwynnfarms.org/farm-market-ribbon-cutting-december-10/

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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).