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The First of the Season: Enjoying Local Strawberries

What could be more exciting than the season's first ripe strawberries? Perhaps trying to decide how you will enjoy them! Will you put them atop of your waffles or morning yogurt? Maybe you like to pack them as a fresh snack for your lunch? They add a pretty dash of colour, and round out a healthy spinach salad. Perhaps you love to bake and look forward to your first rhubarb and strawberry pie. No matter how you like to eat your strawberries, they are tasty and also healthy. A source of vitamins C and K, strawberries also provide a good quantity of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. Enjoyed since Roman times, strawberries have also been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. What's more, they are weather obliging: strawberries can be available to us throughout the spring, summer and even into fall. Strawberries are grown in every province of Canada and are a member of the rose family. Their clusters of fruit are produced from a single flower. The timing of strawberries' return to our lives coincides perfectly with the seasonal start of the Peninsula Country Market. On Saturday June 1, market vendors will showcase their glorious offerings at the Brentwood Bay Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Park. If available, Gobind Farms and Dan's Farm and Country Market will have their first of the season strawberries available. From June 8 to October 12, the Peninsula Country Market will continue every Saturday at the historic Saanich Fairgrounds. For a list of weekly vendors and information, visit www. peninsulacountrymarket.ca or follow @peninsulacountrymarket. In the meantime, you can get you're the season's first local strawberries from the following local farms. Enjoy! Andrew Engqvist/Silver Rill Berry Farm. You can find Andrew's strawberries Saturdays at the Peninsula Country Market next to the

main entrance at Silver Rill Berry Farm's booth. The tastiest berries on the Peninsula, these strawberries are big, bold and beautifully delicious. Andrew, Pamela Fox's oldest, is the fifth generation to farm on the Saanich Peninsula and you can taste that family pride in every bite. @SilverRillBerry | www.SilverRillBerry.com | 250-652-5227. Dan's Farm and Country Market. Daniel Ponchet says their strawberries are available continuously from June on. Hit them up at the Brentwood festival and Peninsula Country Market throughout the season. 2030 Bear Hill Rd., Saanichton. 250-652-9100. Open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gobind Farms. Gobind's strawberries arrived at the end of May. You can visit them at the Brentwood festival and Peninsula Country Market throughout the season. 6929 Veyaness Roadd, Saanichton. 250-652-0182. Farm store is open 7 days a week, during strawberry season, from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Photo courtesy Silver Rill Berry Farm.

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