Seasonal Sips to Try this Winter

Escape the chill and sip your way into the season with these suggested warmers. From hot mulled apple cider and spiced honey meads to hot chocolate porter and a fir tips brew, you’ll be loving the winter vibes in Abbotsford.

Brew

Bring a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to get cozy at our local breweries. At Field House Brewing, enjoy the latest Toasted Coconut Black Lager and brewhouse-made, farm-to-plate comfort foods. Warm up by a wood-burning fire or take in the cabin décor with sheepskin-covered benches and a heated patio. Launching mid-December, the Good Life Ale will be available – a woodsy beer made with fir tree tips!

Adding to Raven’s Brewing’s seven taps are two new releases -- the Jackdaw, a citrus-rye sour released on November 24th and the, fan-favourite, Hot Chocolate Porter available as of mid-December. A pop-up shop with One Fish Two Fish  is also scheduled for mid-month where fresh oysters and other seafood items are available for sale.
 

Apple Cider

Known as fall’s sweetest harvest, Taves Family Farms’ tree-to-bottle process takes farm-grown apples and creates a 100% natural apple cider. Nothing is added to this non-alcoholic bevvy, but you can mix it with your favourite spirit and mull it with a pinch of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Or buy it spiced but be sure to serve it steaming hot! Available at stores across the Lower Mainland.


Mead

Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man as was believed to be the drink of the gods. A little unknown fact, second century Romans and Europeans once sought spiced mead as a cure for winter colds but, since the late 1800s and ever since the Swedes first embraced mulled wine as a Christmas tradition, mead has graced many Christmas tables! Try the spiced cranberry or apple, zesty sweet, or dry mead from Campbell’s Gold.  Add honey, brandy, orange rinds, raisins, or simply savour the spicy elixirs as they come.



Field House Brewing | 2281 W Railway St, Abbotsford, BC | fieldhousebrewing.com
Raven’s Brewing Company | 2485 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC | ravens.beer
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery | 2595 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford, BC | bchoney.com
Taves Family Farms | 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tavesfamilyfarms.com
Taves is closed for the season, but the cider is available at a store near you.


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Top 5 Holiday Must Do’s in Abbotsford

Navigate your way through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, pick-up vibrant winter greens, or escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver so bundle up, and come on out to Abbotsford for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and enjoy all these holiday must do’s in the valley. Don’t forget to visit Santa at Highstreet while you’re in town!

Oh Christmas Tree

Nothing feels more festive than trimming a farm-fresh Christmas tree! Starting December 1st, Fir Valley Farms is welcoming everyone to come and choose their perfect pre-cut tree or, better yet, harvest one themselves.

  • Douglas Fir is a traditional choice, aromatizes with a sweet fragrance.
  • Noble Fir has excellent needle retention and stiff branches perfect for heavy ornaments.
  • Norway Spruce is whimsical, upward sweeping branches with an everlasting scent.
  • Fraser Fir has traits of a Noble Fir and Norway Spruce with excellent needle retention and an inviting aroma.
  • Grand Fir/Nordman Fir have softer needles with a robust citrus fragrance.
  • Blue Spruce is a rich dark green to powdery-blue needles.

Fir Valley Farms | 30077 Burgess Ave, Abbotsford, BC | firvalleyfarms.com
Ledgeview Tree Farm | 
36070 McKee Rd | facebook.com/Ledgeviewtreefarm

 

Visit Grandma Glenda

Celebrating its 28th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is another can’t-miss destination that has become a local tradition. In fact, the parents coming today were the children who visited a generation ago. Navigate through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, discovering rustic and classic ornaments and snow globes, that are sure to please even the hardest ones to buy for.  

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage | 4457 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | glendaschristmas.com

 


Winter Greens and Florals

A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. Located at the same place is Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa.

Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com

 


Warm the Soul

Escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer this holiday season at Sojourn in the Valley on Dec. 2nd. Wander through the grounds at Tuscan Farm Gardens, sip a lavender latte, and leave with lavender-infused handcrafted soaps and body products. Enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights and unbelievable ornament selection at Glenda's

Sip and savour around the cozy fireplace at Brambles Bistro, and then visit our three local wineries. Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery will be serving mulled wine with local cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese. Also, you can pick-up Singletree’s latest release, wine jellies to pair with charcuterie or give as hostess gift.  Mt. Lehman Winery will be playing Christmas tunes and featuring a Brawny Tawny Port tasting in the Barrel Room, accompanied by figs, local Mt. Lehman Cheese, and handmade chocolates by Chocolatas. 

Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country | mtlehmansojourn.com

 


Shopping Finds in Downtown Abby

In addition to hosting the Annual Winter Jubilee Christmas Festival on December 2nd, complete with pony rides, fireworks, Christmas carols, an artisan market, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Historic Downtown Abbotsford is also an eclectic place to shop and walk.

Shop the mix of small businesses, independent restaurants, and boutique stores to get awesome stocking stuffers and gifts. Highlights include curated vintage goods, clothing, apothecary goods, local florists, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restored furniture, vinyl from every genre, new and used books, artisanal bakeries and cafés, and craft breweries. So. Much. To. Explore!

Historic Downtown | Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 


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3 Craft Breweries to visit this Fall

Reputable breweries all over BC are pumping out liquid gold, but it’s the smaller towns where you’ll find the diamonds. These hidden gems in Abbotsford are crafting memorable, multi-dimensional beers and we asked the brewmasters what they'd recommend you try!

Make a day out of your valley visit - designate a driver and be prepared to come home with a trunk full of growlers!


FIELD HOUSE BREWING co. 

Field House is all about the vibes, marrying good beer and fun times. Brews are carefully-crafted and you have ten taps to choose from. They also offer craft cider, local wine, local Kombucha on tap, and cold-pressed juice. Walk into a tasting room stirring nostalgia as you inhale the fragrant wood-burning fireplace, a community table, and a growler-fill station -- guests walk away with more friends than what they came in with.

Their Canteen takes it beyond farm-to-plate with the Field House crew, actually, growing and harvesting their own produce. Everything is made on site with a seasonal menu consisting of the favourite 'Faspa Board', flatbread pizza, tacos, and comfort classics like Grilled Cheese, Mac ‘N Cheese, and soups. 


 

WHAT TO TRY

Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA
The team’s own hands harvested these Columbia Hop Cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in Columbia Valley, and met the Sour Red IPA, infusing fresh earthy flavours. fruity melon, and tangy citrus, nestled in a tart IPA.

Field Saison
One of Field House’s originals, inspired by the fields and seasons of the Fraser Valley –the saison is a floral and sessionable Belgian-style Table Beer with hints of pepper, citrus, and clove.

Wild Riesling Ale, Beer and Wine Hybrid
West Coast Riesling grapes are smashed into a tart Farmhouse and aged on wild yeast with traditionally used Elderflower and Sweet Woodruff, yielding an eccentric slant on the time-rooted German Mai Wine.
 



RAVENS BREWING COMPANY

Located minutes off the highway, the bright and airy tasting room welcomes you. With communal tables and bar seating, there are plenty of seating options around to enjoy your beer. Ravens creates approachable beers, while honouring the ingredients that make it great, and collaborates with local businesses to develop their products -- from hops, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers.

Choose from seven beers on tap and four core beers -- English Dark Mild, West Coast Pale Ale which uses Abbotsford-grown hops, India Pale Ale (IPA), and Sumas Mountain Lager. Rotating seasonal offerings and one-off experimental releases range from a Dry Irish Stout to a Rhubarb Strawberry Sour.

What to Try

Dry Irish Stout
Where dark-roasted flavours dominate. A well-balanced stout with hints of a crisp bitterness, espresso, and chocolate. Pair your beer with samosas from a local restaurant or fresh popcorn from Ravens’ tabletop popcorn machine.

Sunset Wheat Ale
A balance of citrus, hops, and clove, the Sunset Wheat Ale is a sweet addition to Raven’s flight line-up. Best served on its own or paired with seafood.

IPA
This India Pale Ale is brewed with the sole purpose of celebrating the hops. Tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are at the forefront as the aromas and flavours balance a firm bitterness with light body.
 

OLD ABBEY ALES

Old Abbey Ales has up to 25 beers on tap! The spacious, industrial-style tasting room offers Belgian-style ale styles with a Belgian Tripel, Tripel IPA, and Quad. The Innovation Series includes selections such as Dank Tank Double IPA, Portrait Thief Amber Ale, and Old Abbey Ales’ signature Sour Raspberry.

Old Abbey Ales also supports buying local by incorporating fresh and local ingredients including berries and hops from Abby farms. Pair with Old Abbey Ales’ brewery-made charcuterie board, hummus and crackers, nachos, tandoori chicken bites, and mini pizzas. You can also order a glass of red or white wine, even French-pressed coffee.
 

What to Try

Coastal IPA
Rusty, orange colour with aromas of orange zest and pepper. The flavour is a blend of caramel and honey, offset by bitter citrus fruit, creating a sessionable IPA.

Sour Raspberry
The perfect balance of ripe, red raspberry, and sour tang. Juicy, fresh fruit, and lactic sourness harmonize to create a crisp and refreshing beer.

Purple Draank
Blueberry flavours dominate this fruity sour with just a hint of raspberry.
 


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Abby Hops - From Farm to Brewery

The fields in Sumas Prairie are budding with rows of vibrant, green hops to accommodate an exploding craft beer industry. Before the craft beer scene, decades ago, hop fields covered the Fraser Valley, but due to low demand, the hop crops were replaced. 

Today, they have come back full circle and are even celebrated at festivals like BC Hop Fest. Abbotsford’s climate with fertile soil and gentle breezes makes it one of the best hop-growing environments in the Pacific Northwest. See this short clip on how hops are harvested, right in time for the BC Hop Festival.
 

The Hop History

From 1902-1950, the BC Hop Co. operated over 300 acres of hop yards in the Fraser Valley. This rich history was what prompted a conversation between brewery owner, Paul Sweeting of Ravens Brewing Company, and local entrepreneurs Dwayne and Diane Stewart in 2014. Sweeting was looking for a place to grow hops, for his upcoming craft brewery which opened in 2015, and Stewart was looking for a way to generate new revenue for his family farm.

The first hop yards were installed in spring of 2015 and a modernized BC Hop Company was born. The entire processing plant was completed just in time for harvest in 2016. In collaboration with partner farmers, BC Hop Co. harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cashmere and, the newly released –Lumberjack -- varieties.

“We recognized, early in our business development, that quality was fundamental to everything we would be doing. BC brewmasters are discriminating and demand the highest quality for the ingredients they use in their beer. We have been working hard with the amazing BC brewer community to bring more high quality BC-grown hops to every beer in BC, while helping to preserve family farms," states Dwayne Stewart, Owner of BC Hop Co. and founder of the BC Hop Festival.

Ravens Brewing Company is now using Abbotsford-grown and harvested hops! One of the first beers ever produced was Ravens’ West Coast Pale Ale, creating a strong, malty beer before adding a generous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.  This hop-forward approach showcases some of the best hops that Abby has to offer.

“Raven’s Brewing is founded on creating approachable beers for our community while honouring the ingredients that make great beer. We celebrate Abbotsford whether it’s our Heritage Series with branded labels sharing Abby’s heritage or working with community partners to develop our products, from hop, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers,” says owner, Paul Sweeting.

Examples include the Raspberry Hefeweizen, Coffee IPA showcasing BC-roasted coffee in a strong India Pale Ale, and a Hot Chocolate Porter featuring cocoa nibs sourced from ChocolaTas.

While Abby has always been proud of being a strong agricultural hub and sharing farm-to-table stories, it’s clear that our farm-to-brewery movement is just getting started.
 

Photo Credit for photos 1 - 4 to BC Hop Co. 


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Eat, Play, Love Abby: Family Friendly Adventure!



This fun filled itinerary is loaded with family friendly experiences that will have your children sharing memories for years to come.

If you’re heading from the west, start with the award-winning Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery in Mt. Lehman and end the day swinging and sliding at Delair Park. If you’re starting from the east, begin the morning with a playful workout at Delair Park before entertaining the kids with educational ‘Did You Know’s’ and farm-to-plate goodness.
 

Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery

The ‘busy bees’ create a honey-sweet experience! Owners, Judy and Mike, love meeting new people and teaching their guests everything there is to know about bees, how they communicate, and what they produce.

You can sample honeys and go home with a bottle of mead (honey wine), or beeswax ointments and tinctures, honey soaps, beeswax & honey creams, and other unique gifts! The honey sticks are a perfect treat for kids and if you ask nicely, you might even be able to put your hand in a buzzing bee hive!
 

Eco Dairy in Partnership with Science World

As agricultural advocates, EcoDairy is the first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada! Offering a highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World.

Test your skills at milking a cow, take a journey through a cow's digestive system, learn how they use cow manure to power the farm, and experience cow-comfort on the cow bed. Meet the Vitala Cows face-to-face and see Robbie, the Robotic Milker, go at it.
 

Maan Farms Country Experience

Known for growing raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, Maan’s U-Pick fields offer the authentic berry-picking experience. Take a break and pedal go-kart on the race track, run around the playground, zip-line over the farm, and pet the sweet barn animals.

In the fall, add the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Little treat for mom and dad--don’t forget to stop by the tasting room on the way out and sample some award-winning wines. 
 

LUNCH SPOTS

By this time, we guarantee that the kids will be starving and in need of a recharge. Our recommended lunchspots are Maan Farms Kitchen and Anne Marie’s Café. Maan Farms Country Kitchen offers home-cooked local food and fresh baking every day.

Anne Marie’s is a ‘blast from the past’ with the nostalgic 1950s ambiance. The menu is loaded with traditional favourites like chili fries, loaded burgers, and creamy milkshakes while the walls and a classic jukebox whisper tales from long ago.



You can’t leave the area before stopping for a farm-fresh ice cream cone at Birchwood Dairy. But we warn you, with over 50 flavours, the kids might not want to leave.

Abbotsford is full of great parks, but Delair Park is closest and full of green spaces, playgrounds, and welcoming picnic spots. Bring tennis rackets and enjoy a late afternoon game at the tennis court or you might catch the start of a baseball or soccer game. Did we mention that the Highway #1 is only a quick 3-minute drive away?
 


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Abbotsford Must-Visit Fall Destinations

A refreshing, crisp breeze, the leaves changing colour, pumpkin-spiced lattés…all signs that fall has arrived. The change of seasons doesn’t mean that we should be spending time indoors. In fact, quite the opposite!

We are talking about colourful pumpkin patches, vibrant apple orchards, daunting corn mazes, bumpin’ hayrides and so much more. Our list of fall destinations has something for everyone.

And, while most are family-friendly, we have a few activities that are better suited for the adult kid in all of us, like craft beer stations and haunted experiences in corn mazes.
So, whether you're looking to stock up on decorative gourds, master the perfect pumpkin pie with locally grown pumpkins, make jars of tree-fresh applesauce, or spend the day having ‘fall family fun’, Abby has you covered.

Come prepared. Bring shoes and pants you can get dirty. And, don't forget to layer.
 


Abby Roadside (NEW!)

Family-friendly | Dog-friendly (on leash) | Designed for adults, but fun for the whole family.

Highlights

  • Roadside social
  • BC’s first beer-tasting corn maze with local breweries (Fieldhouse, Ravens, Old Abbey Ales, Old Yale). Two other mazes for all ages. (please check their social channels for closure updates due to weather) 
  • Craft beer garden
  • Doggie bar & photo booth
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Apple cannon
  • Autumn Eats at Food Trucks

Open September 30th to October 23. (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Admission: Free for 2 and under, $5 for 3-18 years, and $10 for 19 plus.
@abbyroadside on Instagram and Facebook
 



Taves Family Farms (Applebarn Pumpkin Farm)



Family-friendly | No dogs | Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch

Highlights

  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends. Smaller trees that are perfect for the little ones.
  • Large pumpkin patch to choose that perfect Jack-o-Lantern and stands with several pumpkin varieties and gourds to choose from.
  • Fresh cold-pressed apple cider (100% apples), made before your very eyes.
  • Hayrides and ponyrides
  • Petting Barn
  • Corn maze, with a quest, that is best suited for children ages 3 to 12.
  • Farm foods to keep you energized like caramel apples and apple cider slushies

Admission for attractions: Applebarn pass includes most attractions. Free for children 2 and under. See website for details).
Open daily until November 1st.
@tavesfarms on Instagram and Twitter and @tavesfamilyfarms on Facebook
 



Maan Farms COUNTRY EXPERIENCE & ESTATE WINERY 



Family-friendly | No dogs | Family-friendly with experiences just for teenagers and adults

Highlights

  • Flashlight Corn Maze opens after dark. Only a flashlight can guide corn maze-goers through the rows.
  • Haunted Corn Maze: This year, Leatherface and his accomplices have been joined by a band of crazed clowns. It’s a terrifying corn maze with many dead ends and full of surprises from starving zombies and chainsaw-wielding murderers to killer clowns.
  • Maan’s Estate Winery, award-winning wine with a free tasting room.
  • Moonlight Wagon Rides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Petting Zoo
  • Country Store with farm-fresh foods and home-made fudge

Admission: A la carte pricing. See website for details.
Open daily until November 11th
@maanfarms on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
 



Willow View Farms



Family-friendly | No dogs please | No general admission rates

Highlights

  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends.
  • Pumpkin patch with several varieties to choose from in different colours and sizes.
  • Home of the annual Farmer vs. Farmer’s wife giant pumpkin growing contest. This year ‘meet Ugly Randy’, an 800 lb pumpkin! (see photo above) 
  • Hayrides
  • Playground and petting zoo
  • Country-chic décor

Open daily until November 1st. Hayrides are available on weekends only including Thanksgiving Monday.
@willowviewfarms on Instagram and Facebook
 



Directions

Coming from the east on Highway 1, head to Abby Roadside and then take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Road where you can visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms, and Willow View Farms all within a 10-minute stretch.

Coming from the west on Highway 1, reverse it and take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Rd to visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms and Willow View Farms before heading back on the Highway to hit Abby Roadside.
 

Celebrate Hop Harvest at BC Hop Fest



Although the recent boom of craft beer may make it seem like hops are a new crop to the Fraser Valley, it has been grown in our fertile soil for more than 100 years.

Until the 1940's, the Fraser Valley was a huge hop-growing region but dissipated as demand dropped. Now with 120 local craft breweries and more launching every month, the demand for local hops has returned.

On October 1, it’s this rich tradition BC Hop Company celebrates, as well as the emerging craft beer industry, at the second annual BC Hop Fest at Kinloch Farms on Sumas Prairie.

“What makes it unique is there aren’t festivals focusing on wet-hop beer,” said event organizer Donna Dixon. The festival is timed to coincide with the hop harvest and the beginning of BC craft beer month.

Wet hop, or fresh hop, beer is a challenging type of brewing utilizing the green hops of the harvest. Hops are fragile and don’t survive long after being cut, and are meant to be drunk within weeks of brewing. Wet hops are said to taste different than traditional kiln-dried hops.

“The hops add a vibrancy, a fineness, a definition, and a chlorophyll-driven energy you don’t get in standard hopped beers,” said Dixon.

Kinloch Farms grows some of the hops used for the festival and is the only hop farm in Abbotsford. Using the best European technology to preserve the quality of the hops, they’ve just completed building a world-class processing plant.

Traditional large-scale processing involves drying thousands of pounds of hops over direct fired furnaces and can take up to three days from harvest to bailing. This European technology uses indirect heat and air conditioning so the hops are in final bailing condition in less than one day.

“We’re very excited because we grow hops and process them and a lot of the breweries attending are using our hops,” said Dixon.

More than 30 of the province’s best craft breweries are bringing their fresh-hopped beer to this year’s BC Hop Fest. Attendees will not only get to sample fresh-hop beer but also enjoy field and plant tours, take in a panel talk from local brewers discussing how they use wet hops, learn home brew tips and tricks, shop at the artisan marketplace, and take in live entertainment.

“Breweries love coming out here to the Fraser Valley because they can engage with a new customer base. Customers love the breweries coming to them.”

Last year’s event sold out so they’ve added more space for this year’s event, which happens rain or shine. Tickets to the 19+ event are only available in advance.

BC Hop Fest
October 1, 2016
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford BC

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city. All photo credit: PhotoArt by Simpson & BC Hop Co. 
 



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Abbotsford's Beer & Wine Tour

Sip, Savour and Share on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour! Meet all the local craft breweries & wineries and start tasting the unique flavours of our valley. From honey mead and berry fruit wines to salted stouts and raspberry ales, you'll discover something new. Download your tour map here or pick a copy up from one of the locations below. Cheers! 



Field House Brewing  Co.

At Field House Brewing Co., we believe it’s about a full craft beer experience, we brew great beer that we love and want to share with our community and beyond. We’ve also created a unique gathering place for friends and family to create new experiences and learn more about the world of craft beer. Whether you are new to craft beer or a seasoned pro - we offer a range of styles, all with a high drinkability factor and we’re always searching for new inspiration and ideas. Cheers.

604.776.BREW (2739)
www.fieldhousebrewing.com
2281 West Railway St



OLD ABBEY ALES

Old Abbey Ales brews and serves 30 beers on tap. Brewed with the finest ingredients and employing the time-tested traditions of Belgian beer brewing methods with West Coast creativity affectionately called Belgian Forward. Visit our tasting room for pints, flights, and growler fills.

604.607.5104
www.oldabbeyales.com
1A-30321 Fraser Hwy 



RAVENS BREWING COMPANY

Ravens Brewing Company is inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area. We will be brewing European and West Coast beers, respecting the ingredients traditionally found in these great brews. Working with local growers and suppliers to craft great beers full of character and style, we look forward to welcoming you to our tasting room.

604.758.1557
 www.ravensbrewing.com
 2485 Townline Rd



Maan Farms Estate Winery

A culmination of three generations of farmers, has brought forth a taste of true distinction. From ground to glass, Maan Farms wines are soley produced here, leaving no room for anything less than the best. Showcasing wines made from Maan Farms mouth-watering berries, expanding to now include grape wines, and a VIP Wine Club. Visit our fun family farm for our tasting room, great country food and family activities.

604.864.5723
 www.maanfarms.com
 790 McKenzie Rd



CAMPBELL’S GOLD HONEY FARM & MEADERY

Believed to be the oldest known alcoholic beverage, Mead or Honey Wine was first discovered by the Samarians in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Campbell’s Gold produces these ancient elixirs including the traditional Mead. In addition, they offer Pyment (honey wine & grapes), Melomel (honey wine with fruit or berries), Metheglin (spiced honey wine), and Cysor (honey wine with apple juice/cider).

604.856.2125
 www.bchoney.com
 2592 Lefeuvre Rd



Mt. Lehman Winery

Mt. Lehman Winery is a family owned boutique winery specializing in small lots of premium naturally made wines. Come tour
our beautiful farm and vineyard where we have over 15 acres planted of a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir (our flagship wine), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and others. While you’re here, drop by our tasting room to sample our unique award winning wines.

604.746.2881
www.mtlehmanwinery.com
5094 Mt. Lehman Rd
 



Singletree Winery

Join us at Singletree, a family operated Vineyard and Winery located in Mt.Lehman. The site where the farm is located has a rich farming history, with activity starting in the late 1800’s. We are proud of our focused portfolio of wines, crafted by family member and winemaker, Andrew Etsell.  We welcome you to taste a new generation of wines in our rustic tasting room and also enjoy the vineyard and surrounding area in our licensed picnic area located right beside our winery.

604.381.1788
www.singletreewinery.com
5782 Mt. Lehman Rd
 
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Taves Apple Barn Opening

Not that anyone is quite ready for summer to be over, but it’s hard to deny that these cooler summer days don’t have us heading into fall mode! And, fall means fall harvest with apples and pumpkins.



Opening on August 19th, the Applebarn at Taves Family Farms is ready to welcome everyone on the farm. The late spring warm weather has ripened these apples, earlier than anticipated, and the trees are loaded with beautiful red apples. There is nothing quite like spending the day with family and friends, reaching for that highest apple and, of course, ‘testing’ it to make sure it passes inspection. U-Pick begins with Alkmene and Gravenstein followed by Ambrosia, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Spartan, and, the Taves’ signature apple, the Jonagold.  Elstar and Sunrise are only available in the Country Store.



Types of Apples grown on Taves Farm:

Alkmene:
Originates from Germany, related to the Cox, but with a more robust flavor. Slightly sharper than the Cox and commonly known as the Early Windsor. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and aromatic.
Gravenstein: An older apple variety from Denmark. High quality flavor. Sweet and sharp. White to cream to pale yellow.
Ambrosia: Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Honeyed, scented, aromatic.
Fuji: Originating from Japan. Attractive, crisp, very sweet modern apple.
Gala: One of the most well-known apples. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and sharp.



Honeycrisp: Medium-sized white to cream, pale yellow. Crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA.
Spartan: Attractive, crunchy, sweet and with the characteristic of a delicate wine-like "vinous" flavor like the McIntosh family of apples. Sweet and aromatic. Honeyed. White to cream to pale yellow.
Sunrise: Originates from Canada. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow. Sweet and sharp, leans towards sharp.
Elstar: Successful offspring from the Golden Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin. Excellent flavour quality and great for cooking. Honeyed and scented. Medium-sized. White to cream to pale yellow.
Jonagold: Originates from the US and inherits many of the good qualities of its parents, the Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Great for cooking and cider. Exceptional flavour, bold and sweet. White to cream to pale yellow.



For those who don’t feel like U-Picking, the Country Store has bags of freshly-picked apples ready to go. Be sure to watch the U-Pick page for expected picking dates and frequent updates. No need to bring your own containers as the Taves have that covered, and tour buses and larger groups are always welcome.

The Taves invite you to spend a full day at the farm for that taste of the country experience. The kids will be bouncing away on jumping pillows, petting adorable farm animals, gazing at alpacas and peacocks, feeding the goats, riding ponies, bumping along on a hayride, shooting pumpkins and corn cobs, swooshing through the air in tire swings, watching bees make honey, sliding and zip-lining, and running through a corn maze. A concession stand is available on weekends, but everyone is also welcome to bring a packed lunch and rest at a picnic table.



A visit is not complete without trying an apple cider slushy and bringing home a few jugs of cold-pressed cider. So sweet and delicious, but contains nothing more than pure apples. The viewing window shows the process in action. Healthy and tasty? I know, hard to believe!

Visit www.tavesfamilyfarms.com & www.circlefarmtour.com

Meet Jeff Massey, Farm to Table Chef

Q: What is Restaurant 62 (R62) and what is the secret to your success?

R62 is a stand-alone, farm-to-table restaurant that has been serving the Fraser Valley for a decade. I have been working in kitchens and, as a chef, for the past 25 years, and wanted to bring the ‘Vancouver dining experience’ to the Valley. Even though Abbotsford was a chain-restaurant community, I recognized the opportunity and decided to take the plunge.

Our secret is to simply to put good food on the table and to keep people coming back. The rest of the dining experience brings great service, and a wine list that best complements the food.



Q: Why did you decide to become a farm-to-table restaurant?

Truth be told, initially, we didn’t set out to be a farm-to-table destination. I was used to the Vancouver scene where you couldn’t source farm-fresh ingredients easily, but I would drive to and from the restaurant, around the local neighbourhoods, and just saw beautiful mountains, farms, and rolling pastures. I became inspired, and then the farmers came in to experience R62 and we started developing relationships.

I visited their farms, met their families, and learned about their philosophies and relationship to the land. I felt their pride and knew how emotionally invested they were in the foods that they produced. The quality of the food wasn’t comparable to anything else I could source, and the taste spoke for itself. The savings and reduced carbon footprint were added benefits as deliveries were made from within a few miles.

It just made sense.

Our team was challenged and forced to be creative as we were given seasonal products. Sometimes, we planned a longer run with a menu item, but had to cut it short due to uncontrollable weather fluctuations. People care about where their food comes from, and we can answer those questions. We watch our guests’ faces light up when they see familiar farms on the menu, and they feel great knowing they are supporting their very own community. The gifts of buying locally and supporting local farms has been rewarding in so many ways, and Abbotsford has a very strong community built around supporting one another.


Q: Has Abbotsford embraced R62 and what changes have you witnessed within the community?

At first, people thought of us as a special occasion restaurant—a place to celebrate your anniversary or birthday—but now they just see a team cooking up a storm in the kitchen, followed by smiles and welcoming hello’s. Our guests know that we are passionate about farm-to-plate and celebrating the landscape that Abbotsford has been blessed with.
We have watched a younger generation hit the ‘nail on the head’ as they pour their hearts into their businesses. People are picking their own fruit again, capturing the freshness and quality with canning, and abandoning chain-restaurants in favour of privately owned restaurants.

We’re going back to the way it once was.

Check out Jeff's Fresh Faces of Abby video story here.


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