If you travel south or east of Vancouver, B.C., you will soon find yourself surrounded by acres of farmland. Much of this land has been owned and farmed by the same families for decades. Throughout the year the land produces a variety of crops that provide a rich “farm to table” experience for both residents and restaurants.
Some farms have flowers blooming alongside the other crops. The flowers are used for beautiful bouquets in the summer months before going to seed in the fall. The increase in the number of bees is benefiting from these flowers and more hives are being built for the collection and sale of honey.
Many farmers plant and maintain a selection of fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. In the lower mainland you will find corn, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and peas, along with a wide selection of berries. In the fall, the gourds, with their unique colours and shapes, are one of the final products to be harvested.
Pumpkins, both in the fields and on display, are often the last crop of the year, a visual reminder that winter is coming.
These pictures were all taken over the years at Westham Island Herb Farm, located in Ladner, B.C. They are open to the public from May to October and during these months you can purchase a wide selection of produce from them. Visit their site here.