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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.

From turkeys to trimmings and potatoes to pies we’ve got you covered this Thanksgiving.  We’re open all weekend so pop in for a little party shopping – there will be #rootcellarjams (live music) everyday!

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!

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.

Pick up the September/October issue for an inside look into Island Grown Table Grapes.  Whilst Vancouver Island wineries are well known, who knew table grapes, those crisp, sweet little gems are grown right here too? For this article Daisy visited Tod Creek Farm on the Saanich peninsula and discovered a farmer with a true passion for his vines.

Here’s a sneak peek of the article – pick up a copy of the magazine in print around the city.

Pop in to see us this long weekend!  We’ve got everything you need for your Labour Day BBQ plus huge Back to School savings on all the essentials.  Enjoy the September sunshine!

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.

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.

Heirloom and heritage tomatoes grown by Sun Wing Greenhouses just up the road from us in Saanich were the latest in gorgeous summer produce to be featured in the July/August edition.

Here’s a sneak peek of the article – pick up a copy of the magazine in print around the city or find the full scoop on Love and Home Grown Tomatoes in the digital edition here.

…Farmer Tom’s favourite is the beefsteak. I am a sucker for anything heirloom,
preferably striped. Whatever your fancy, we are spoiled with tomato options here in
Victoria. I recently spent an afternoon with one of our local master tomato growers,
Tom Law at Sun Wing Greenhouses, and if I close my eyes I can still smell the warm,
tomato-y air. Anyone who knows that heavenly smell of a vine-ripened garden
tomato can well imagine the aroma produced by 40,000 square feet of tomato vines.
It was glorious…

Because of the generosity of its customers and staff, The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer will help provide more than 6,200 meals for the most vulnerable people in our community with the results of its fourth-annual holiday fundraiser in support of The Rainbow Kitchen.

The Rainbow Kitchen, based out of Esquimalt United Church, is Victoria’s second largest soup kitchen, and can serve up a hot meal for less than $2.

The fundraising campaign ran from from Thursday, December 8th until Wednesday, December 14th offered customers and staff the opportunity to donate at the tills or directly to Rainbow Kitchen volunteers who were on site sharing hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies as well as information about the organization. The Root Cellar matched every donation, dollar for dollar for a total of $12,472.40 going to this amazing program — meaning that for every dollar our customers donated, a hot meal can be served to the poor and marginalized people in our community.

Rainbow Kitchen board members Patrick Hunt and Mark Watt were in store spreading Christmas Cheer and collecting donations for Victoria’s second largest soup kitchen

The Rainbow kitchen provides more than 36,000 hot meals annually in a safe and supportive environment. Meals are served Monday to Friday at noon, 50 weeks a year. With only one paid staff member, The Rainbow Kitchen has been relying heavily  on volunteers and the generosity of our community since it opened in 2001.

On top of the holiday fundraiser, The Root Cellar donates about 500 pounds of perishable food to The Rainbow Kitchen on a weekly basis. This ongoing program diverts produce from the discount rack and the compost bin and gives it to the people in our community who need it most.

“We are proud to work with The Rainbow Kitchen because their beliefs align with ours – good people who believe strongly in creating a sustainable food network accessible to everyone. We are honoured to help feed our community,” says The Root Cellar owner Daisy Orser.

“The Rainbow Kitchen, like many other charities, relies heavily on donations that come in this time of year.  Our ongoing partnership with The Root Cellar means that we can continue to provide healthy lunches for 150 people every week day. And that’s a wonderful gift that extends far past the holiday season!” says Rainbow Kitchen board member Jennifer Hawes.  www.rainbowkitchen.ca

 

Most of you already know us, but in case we haven’t had the chance to meet we’re The Root Cellar owners, Adam, Daisy & Phil!

When we opened The Root Cellar in 2008 we started with 8 employees, a store half the size of what you see today, and babies strapped to our backs. We now have an amazing team of over 80 dedicated individuals, a 10,000 square foot store including a full service butcher and a deli, a bulk department, a flower bar and garden centre, as well as the Island’s largest selection of local produce – and our eldest just started university this year!

Our love for local runs deep. We are invested in keeping our dollars in the community, supporting sustainable food systems and opportunities for growth on this beautiful Island that is our home. By working with over 250 local, Island and BC suppliers, all of our buying is done with a local focus, sourcing HERE at home before taking our buying elsewhere.

Growing up The Root Cellar was always a place in our home where we knew we could find nutritious food and we are so lucky to have amazing customers who appreciate fresh, healthy goodness as much as we do!

From our family to yours —
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support!
xo,
Adam, Daisy & Phil

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