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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.

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