Food With Thought
Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in BC with a developing downtown core and six thriving neighbourhoods, however there is no denying that its roots are still firmly planted in the great outdoors. Surrey’s land mass encompasses more than 6000 acres of parks and green space and over one-third of its land-base is within the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve, a provincial zone that recognises agriculture as its primary use. Surrey is home to nearly 500 farms and as a result, agriculture plays a crucial role in its economy.
Many of these farms are family-run, having been handed down over multiple generations. We think that’s pretty special. But what we really find extraordinary is the way this agriculture industry involves and impacts our local food scene.
The Bose Family Farm has raised over 62,000 turkeys, a quantity that yields roughly 500,000 kilograms of meat. Honeybee Centre rents thousands of honeybee colonies to Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley fruit growers, pollinating close to $100 million dollars worth of fruit annually! Rondriso Farms and Pumpkin Patch is a traditional family farm, committed to naturally raised beef and pesticide-free produce. And Zaklan Heritage Farm utilises an intensive cropping style; the vegetables and fruits produced on the farm are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals.
In a world where the ever-increasing mantra is to eat locally and sustainably, Surrey dairy farm, Donia Farm’s assertions that its practices are “modern, progressive yet based on traditional values” are spot on. For three generations this family has been treating its cows like… well… like family! Animals that are treated with love and compassion make all the difference to producing quality meat and dairy products.
The weekly Surrey Urban Farmers Market is a way for consumers (locals and visitors) to connect directly with the farmers who grow their food. The knowledge that comes from this type of interaction creates a deeper understanding of every meal, which in our opinion makes everything taste better!