Cobblehill Farmers Market

Where The Bees Eat For Free

The Dirty Dozen

Studies show that certain types of organic produce can reduce the number of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80%. Learn more about the dirtiest 12 fruits and vegetables available at conventional grocery stores and how you can protect your family from harmful chemicals. Bonus List: The Clean Fifteen.

Dancing Bees

Bees are so vital to the world’s ecosystem and food supply that Albert Einstein once said, “If bees disappeared, man would have only four years to live.” Did you know that bees pollinate 80% of the worlds flowering plants and account for 70% of the world’s most grown produce? Did you know that bees have their own GPS system they use to provide navigational information to the colony?

Local Wineries 

The Cowichan Valley is the largest grape-growing region on Vancouver Island. Local wineries have an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, most of which welcome visitors for tastings and tours. They are often small, friendly and family-owned and operated and some include dining and picnic areas.

The Rise of
Small-Scale Agriculture

How small farms are growing big change in the way we produce food

Many small-scale market farmers are moving beyond what is considered to be organic farming. They are moving back to what many people did for centuries.

Growing on smaller plots, using compost, manure and other biological additives to keep their soil nourished and fertile and putting plant and soil health at the forefront of their growing practices.

Small-scale farmers and working hard to re-establish the connection between people and where their food comes from by establishing a relationship with consumers.

What better way to find where your food comes from and how it is grown.

Ask your farmer!

Bugs Are The Messengers Of Plant Health

In conventional agriculture insects or “pests” are seen as the enemy. The number one goal is to kill pests in order to guarantee high crop yields and crop quality

However, insects are an important part of natures system. Small-scale market farmers are focusing on “plant positive” rather than “pest negative” philosophy.

Bugs are indicators of problems is soil and plant health. The focus is on correcting the problems and growing soil health and plant health instead of treating the symptoms by killing off pests.

More and more scientific evidence is available today on the mechanisms by which a biologically active fertile soil creates induced resistance in the crops.

Grass Fed Livestock Is Better For Everyone

Small-scale farmers are raising livestock outdoors on grass-based pastures as much as possible.

Farm animals are an integral part of soil fertility and farm biodiversity. Animals are raised in a habitat which allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness.

Letting a pig express its innate “pigness” is integral to the health of the animal and quality of the meat.

The Farm to Table Movement Is Growing

The Farm to table movement is changing the face of agriculture one small acre at a time.

Consumers want to know where their food comes from, how it is grown and what impact it is having on the earth

Farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is giving consumers the opportunity to form relationships with the farmers responsible for growing their food.

These farmers are an integral part of the re-education of food production and farming practices.

Ask your farmer today!