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Our West Coast Bread is Ready to Enjoy!

West Coast Bread

The Douglas Fir Tips used in this bread paired with our FirEssence or soda is a truly West Coast original. The Douglas Fir tips are packed with vitamin C and electrolytes.

To make the West Coast Bread, simply add a 341 mL bottle of our FirEssence or soda, mix, and bake at 375 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes. Serve Warm!

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Coming this Summer: Salsa Anytime

Salsa Anytime

A convenient blend of dried garden vegetables. Easy to make, just add water and vinegar, and it rehydrates in two hours. The longer it sits, the better it gets. Salsa Anytime has a bit of a bite to provide a flavourful addition to any dish. Makes a simple spaghetti sauce when camping.

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Lavender Vinegar

Lavender Vinegar

“The gauzy gray-green foliage, graceful violet spikes, and above all, unequalled perfume make lavender a shameless seducer. Its fragrance is both invigorating and sedating and one of the great pleasures of the herb garden.”

The most common variety of lavender is English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, which grows to between two and three feet, with one-and-a-half-inch flower spikes on eight-inch stems.

Come try our breathtaking vinegar! Soon to be added to our Essence Collection. A non-alcoholic champagne style bubble.

Quote and information retrieved from the Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld.

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Kale Crop

Our Kale crop is so bountiful that anyone who visits the house goes home with some! The germination rate and crop yield of the 4 Kale Mix from Salt Spring Seeds has been exceptional!

Kale Salad

“A mix of our 4 favourite kales: Red Russian, White Russian, Laurel’s Frilly and Rainbow Lacinato. Easy to care for and extremely winter hardy. Delicious and nutritious in winter salads or steamed.”

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Kale Salad Recipe:

½ cup of coarsely chopped toasted pecans

2 bunches of chopped kale

4-5 thinly sliced radishes

½ cup of coarsely chopped cranberries

1 chopped Granny Smith apple

2 ounces of soft goat cheese

Dressing: 3 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 ½ Tablespoons of Snowdon House Fruit Infused Vinegar

Vinegar: 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1 ½ teaspoon of honey

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

Toss kale, radishes, cranberries, pecans and apple in a large bowl. Crumble goat cheese over the top. In a small bowl, whisk Snowdon House Fruit Infused Vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey & salt and pepper. Drizzle over kale mixture and serve. Serves 4-6.

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Summer Salad Recipe

Amaranth Salad

Amaranth & Mango Salad

1/2 cup of yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder

1 teaspoon of grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1 cup of Amaranth grain

1 1/2 cups of water

2 chopped mangos

1/2 cup of diced red pepper

1 tablespoon of parsley

1 tablespoon of diced jalapeno

2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

Mix the yogurt, ginger, curry, salt, and jalapeno. Bring the water to a boil and add the Amaranth, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain the water. Cool the Amaranth. Toss the cooked Amaranth with mangos, red pepper, jalapeno, yogurt, and herbs. Serve your salad right away or when chilled.

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Look at the Quinoa!


Black Quinoa Seed purchased from Salt Spring Seeds is 3 feet tall and the first of the seeds have started to appear in pink and green, as shown in the photo above.

With about 100 days of maturity, it will continue to grow until 6 feet tall in late August. Once the seeds have matured, we will pick the stems and bring them inside to harvest, stripping the seeds with our thumb and forefinger. Several pictures to follow.

“Variable coloured flower-heads produce copious amounts of vibrant black seeds. Original accession from Peru via the late David Cusack. Resisted sprouting on the plant in rainy conditions better than other quinoa strains in 2013. A bit earthier, sweeter, and more crunchy than white quinoa.”

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Farm Update!

baby chicks

The 26 baby chicks have arrived! We have Ameraucana chicks and Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks. Ameraucanas lay bluish-green eggs and Silver Laced Wyandottes lay large brown eggs.

Egg availability pending, stay tuned for updates!

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Fresh From Our Garden – Rhubarb Crunch!

rhubarb crumble

Rhubarb Crunch Recipe

1 cup of flour

3/4 cup of rolled oats

1 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 cup of melted butter

4 cups of sliced rhubarb

Topping ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon of vanilla

In a bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix ingredients in a bowl until crumbly. press half of your mixture into an ungreased square baking pan. Cover with rhubarb. For the topping, add sugar and cornstarch to a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Cook and stir until thickened. Then cook for an additional two minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and pour over rhubarb. Top with extra crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

This recipe was retrieved from Visit the Rhubarb Compendium for more recipes!

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Fresh From Our Garden – Rhubarb!

Look what’s fresh this week! We’re freezing rhubarb and making rhubarb vinegar.

rhubarb vinegar

Curried Lentils with Rhubarb & Sweet Potatoes Recipe

1 cup of dry orange lentils

1 peeled and sliced sweet potato

1 tablespoon of oil

1 cup of diced rhubarb

2 tablespoons of our rhubarb vinegar

1 tablespoon of curry powder

1 teaspoon of chilli powder

1 teaspoon of grated ginger root

1/4 cup of shredded coconut

First, add lentils to a pot, and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and add sliced sweet potato. Simmer until the lentils are soft. Remove from heat, drain the water. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a skillet. When the oil is hot, add the rhubarb. Lower heat, cook rhubarb until it is tender. Add vinegar, curry powder, and chilli powder. Mix with the cooked lentils and sweet potato. Pour into a dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with coconut.

This recipe was retrieved from Visit The Rhubarb Compendium for more recipes!

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Guess What’s Happening?!

totable potatoes


Our toteable potatoes are already up and growing, and are soon to come through the third layer of dirt. We cut holes in a used polyester grocery bag, we used two polyester woven rice sacks, and one Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts canvas bag. Stay tuned for updates and more pictures!