The passion behind edible gardens was planted on the west coast of BC in the early spring of 1995 . We were excitedly sowing our first crops on a large community garden plot nestled along a fertile river bank that wound down to the ocean. Using our blessings from that first garden I began creating in the kitchen along with my talented husband who is the true chef in the family. Here is a shot of me in that first garden with my late Dad and Mom, who were visiting that summer. My daughter was still very little as you can see. I had named the garden Hailey’s Herb Farm, and I was so pleased with that years results!
Using our harvest of common and exotic herbs we married our favourite flavours into unique varieties of vinegars and artisan oils. That year to our delight, our fragrant Purple Basil oil and a savoury Blackberry Balsamic, fresh from the branches that grew prolifically around the garden, won blue ribbons at the Farm Fair. My garden neighbours began leaving orders for our two specialties, in this old red postal mailbox I had erected along the garden fence.
Not knowing then, what journey we had begun, we took our winners to market quite literally two years later… with our daughter, sleeping soundly at our small stall at the local Farmer’s Market, the first one in White Rock. That was our Start…….
A rich cornucopia of colours, smells, sounds and flavours and no matter where we travel we always love to find the local Farmers Market and better understand the makers- bakers and growers of the community.– a celebration of quality produce with a conscience.
It is our continued pleasure to bring this gift of good taste, to you! Its been a wonderful story to tell. Enjoy!