The Lower Mainland
The verdant Fraser River valley east of Vancouver has some of the richest soil in the province. Here you’ll find U-pick farms, dairy farms, and even an organic grain mill. The region has created a series of self-guided circle farm tours, each of which gives you an opportunity to meet the farmers and hear their stories, and to taste what’s in season right where it was grown, including wines, for those interested in acquainting themselves with the unique terroir of this delectable region.
Fall also means plenty of fresh cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, as well as crops that inspire some of the sweetest comfort foods, like cranberries, pumpkins, and apples. From the sea, this is the time to feast on salmon—the fish that is synonymous with British Columbia—and practise your shucking skills in anticipation of oyster season. Wild mushrooms will also start to appear on menus at farm-to-table restaurants like Burdock and Co. and Farmer’s Apprentice. And there’s no better time to warm up with hot, steaming dumplings by following Richmond’s Dumpling Trail.