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The BC Berry Trail
Jul 25, 2018
Strawberry smoothies, blueberry crumbles, to blackberry jam, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered! If you’re looking for delicious BC grown berries look no further than these berry bursting Circle Farm Tour locations. You’ll be ‘berry’ happy you did.
Here are the locations that will take you along the Berry Trail:
1. Langley - Driediger Farms Market
Driediger Farms has been bringing the best of BC Berries and U-pick since 1964! They farm over 160 acres of Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Red Currants, and Raspberries that you are able to select from the farm store or straight from the U-pick fields. Did you also know that Driediger Farms Ltd. is one of British Columbia’s largest wholesaler, retailer, producer and distributor of fresh and frozen berries throughout North America, Europe and Asia?!
Driediger Farms is your first stop on the Circle Farm Tour and has been featured on many Langley Tourism maps and attractions listings. It’s a definite go-to for berries in the Valley! But what’s even better is you can also snag eggs, ice cream and specialty artisan products during your next visit.
2. Langley - Gojoy Berries
Unlike your typical strawberries and blueberries, Gojoy Berries Inc. is offering its visitors and customers a new exotic superfood that is native to China - the goji! Started by Peter Breederland, a veteran farmer who decided to focus on bringing the best goji berries to the province - and boy did he deliver!
If you haven’t already heard of goji berries (known as wolfberry), they are a bright red-orange oval-like fruit that is sweet-sour that resembles a grape or a tomato. Here you can grab some fresh, frozen packs, or even ready-made smoothie booster kits. Throw them in a salad, muddle them to make a lemonade, or simply use in your morning smoothie - your day will definitely be that much better when you incorporate the “happy berry”.
*Note: U-pick season is officially open and goes till mid-August.
3. Langley -Krause Berry Farms
Credits: Krause Berry Farms on Facebook
Alf Krause planted his very first acre of strawberries back in 1974, which has now expanded into over 200 acres of some the finest berries and vegetables the Valley has seen. This family owned and operated farm/estate carries an abundance of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and of course the infamous strawberries.
Did you know that they even carry wine?! Take a visit to their Estate Winery for a taste of the old west and some of their berry flavoured wines - infused with the same berries you find at the farm! Cheers!
4. Abbotsford - Neufeld Farms
At Neufeld farms you will be welcomed into a family run farm that has been running for over 40 years. Here they raise their own chickens, and always look to provide customers with a variety of top quality frozen meats, seafood, gourmet sides & fresh produce. But what customers love most come June, is the amazing homegrown berries that are hand-picked daily. Grab a bowl of their soft serve ice cream and sprinkle some strawberries on top - summer’s perfect treat!
5. Abbotsford - Maan Farms
Credits: Mann Farms
It’s no secret that Maan Farms has some of the freshest and juiciest berries within the Fraser Valley. The 80-acre farm also supports sustainability; which means that when you purchase berries from the farm you’re giving back by supporting sustainable, cost-effective and ethical farming practices which are safe for you and the environment.
When realizing they grew some amazing berries, Maan Farms looked at creating an even better product for the community - fruit wines! Varieties such as blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and even a combination of two berries Maan Farms is truly creating a unique experience with berries at its very core.
6. Abbotsford - Lepp Farm Market
Credits: Lepp Farm Market on Facebook
Things are always “better when shared” and that’s exactly the philosophy that Lepp Farm Market takes. Since opening its doors back in 2009 this market truly shows how passionate they are about farming and sharing their love of local; it’s no surprise why this destination is popular amongst locals of the Valley.
At Lepp’s you’ll never be disappointed with the selection of available produce and fruit that has been hand-picked from their very own farm and orchards in the Okanagan and right here in the valley. Currently at the market you will find some amazing cherry varieties, apricots, blueberries and of course, raspberries (plus so much more).
7. Chilliwack - Chilliwack Blueberries (Klassen Farms)
Credits: chilliwackblueberries on instagram
At Klassen Farms, also known as Chilliwack Blueberries - they strive to bring you the best quality product by using organic sprays on the plants and berries. A family owned and operated blueberry farm that loves being the perfect spot for other families to come to and enjoy a picnic while picking berries.
Also if you haven’t checked out their website be sure to head over to the blog, as they post amazing blueberry recipes from popsicles to parfaits! Yum!
8. Circle Farm Tours - Farmers Markets
Credits: Haney Farmers Market on Facebook
Another few great stop to get local berries is by visiting one of these farm markets in the Valley. Here you will find a wide range of local farm products, produce, and artisan goods, and of course your favourite fraser valley berries (as they come into season). There are three circle farm tours visit to stop at:
Maple Ridge - Haney Farmers Market
Haney Farmers Market is a lively Saturday morning farmers' market held weekly in Memorial Peace Park on 224th in the downtown core of Maple Ridge.
Chilliwack - Yarrow Farm Market
Credits: Yarrow Farm Market on Facebook
Back for its third season the Yarrow Farm Market is Chilliwack's largest market with over 20 vendors that come out each and every week. With a focus on farm fresh produce, foods and other "grocery store" items, and handcrafted art.
Chilliwack - The Local Harvest Market
Credits: The Local Harvest Market on Facebook
Using sustainable growing methods, The Local Harvest Market produces some of the finest fruits and vegetables in Chilliwack. At the farm you can take part in an interactive tour where you’ll see workers in action as they nurture the crops and care for the bees and other animals. Don’t forget to check out the farm-sourced café - you can enjoy a variety of pies, soups, salads and more.
What are some of your favourite Circle Farm tour stops? Tell us what kind of berries are your favourite and how you incorporate them into your own recipes!
To learn more about these Circle Farm Tour partners: https://circlefarmtour.com