VFM Direct Fresh Sheet - August 15
Next Deliveries: August 20 & Aug 22

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Have you tried a Santa Rosa plum? These compact cuties have a thin, tart skin and juicy red flesh and are packed with flavour. If you're into canning and making jams, the pectin in the skin of these plums encourages a good "set". They make a beautiful coloured sauce or compote and a delicious for fresh eating too. Klippers Organics, Cawston, BC 10lb case. Looking for other plum varieties? Klippers also has Green Gage and Italian Prune ready to go.

Still getting your lettuce from California or Mexico? The lettuce grown locally is top notch and much fresher - meaning you'll get more time to use it. Try one of the lettuce options from Pristine Foods - Cut Mixed Leaf, Mixed Multi-Leaf Head Lettuce or Green Leaf Head Lettuce. Grown in Chilliwack. 

Sunberry Farms has sweet corn already shucked for your convenience. Bags of 12 cobs. 

Mandair Farms is bursting with late season blueberries. Pickup a 10lb case for using now or freezing for later. Mandair are berry specialists and have also had their delicious raspberries processed into puree - both with and without seeds. 28lb frozen pails. 

Do you know your Kostyn's Red from your Tibetan when it comes to garlic? Abdul from BC Garlic Growers does and he surely grows a variety perfect for your particular application. Tibetan is nicely hot and exceptionally flavourful. Kostyn's Red's intense flavour is great for long cooked dishes like stews and braises. Currently listing 6 varieties of whole head garlic by the 5lb case. 
Field Cukes (Organic) and Heirloom tomatoes from Klippers Organics
Green Cabbage from Sunberry Farms

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Order Klippers Organics product by Saturday 5pm to ensure delivery on Tuesday and by 5pm Monday for Thursday delivery. 

Earth Apple Farm - products from Earth Apple are only available Thursday this week
Tesfa Farm  buffalo milk is available for Thursday delivery only.

Log in to your VFM Direct account to see all product availability and pricing on all the above items and many more!  New crops being added weekly.

Looking for a specific crop for your menu? Contact Sher for more information.

Did you know that you can setup a standing order so that you'll get items core to your menu every week (or on a regular schedule). There's no charge to setup a standing order and our producers love them - its like having a farmer grow specifically for you! If you know you need a consistent supply, setup a standing order with Sher and she'll make sure you're first to receive the items.  You'll have one less thing to worry about every week! 

Talk to Sher to set up your standing order.

PRODUCE: bean s,  blueberries, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, currants, eggplant, fava beans, garlic (peeled, black, separated cloves, freeze dried scapes, fresh scapes), kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms (white, portobello, mini-bella, cremini, shiitake, oyster), pea shoots, dried peppers, peppers (bell, mini-pointed and shishito), plums, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, sunflower shoots, tomatoes (cherry, grape, campari, heirloom, heirloom cherry and beefsteak), zucchini

GRAINS, DAIRY & VALUE-ADDED PRODUCT: apple cider, buffalo milk, buffalo milk cheese, butter, cow's milk cheese, cheese curd, yogurt, sour cream, cream, eggs, dried lavender, milk, dried chanterelle mushrooms, dried morel and lobster mushrooms, dried nettles, dried padron peppers, kelp, kombu and other seaweed products, fruit juices, frozen berries, frozen rhubarb, goat cheese, honey, water kefir
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Chef Scott Korzack of Autostrada shared with us some photos of his recent work preserving raspberries from Mandair Farms. Nothing like cracking open a jar of summer produce once the season has passed. 

Birchwood Dairy 

Birchwood Dairy Farm is a combination Dairy Farm, Processing Plant and Country Store/Ice Cream Parlour. The farm has 210 acres of land where we milk approximately 150 cows and have close to 150 young stock. Enough hay and silage is grown on the farm to feed the happy cows all year long. The onsite processing plant produces all the dairy products including gourmet ice cream, milk, feta cheese, cheddar cheeses, yogurts, sour cream and “cheddar curd” made once a month.

They strive every day to produce top quality milk while practicing sustainable farming and strong animal welfare practices as set out in the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cows. 

Currently listed with VFM Direct: milk, cream, yogurt, feta, sour cream, cheddar curds
A variety of zucchini available from several producers right now. The ones above are from Klippers Organics but also available from Pristine Foods and Sunberry Farms (and don't forget about patty pans from Taves).

Currently listing product on the Fresh Sheet:
BC Garlic Growers
BE Ingredients
Berry Brook Organic Farms
Birchwood Dairy
Cedar Isle Farms
Chick-Inn Farm
Daily Fresh Produce
Earth Apple Farm
Forager's Delight
Golden Ears Cheeseworks
Goodly Foods
Jane's Honey Bees
Klaassen Farms
Klippers Organics
Maan Farms
Mandair Farms
MS Lee's Natural Foods
Mt Lehman Cheese
North Pacific Kelp
Open View Orchards
Soban Organic Farm
Sole Food Street Farms
Squamish Water Kefir
Sunberry Farms
Taves Family Farms
Tesfa Farms
The Food Pedalers
Your Wildest Foods

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Raspberries, Burrata and Balsamic - Chef Scott Korzack, Autostrada

The following local businesses received deliveries this week! Thanks for supporting local producers! 

Bad Dog Bread
Belgard Kitchen
Compass Group - HSBC
Di Beppe
Douce Diner
Earl's Restaurants
Earnest Ice Cream
Fable Diner
Glenburn Soda Fountain

LaSalle College
Orto Artisan Pasta
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Main St
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Kits
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Surrey
Royal Dinette
The Soap Dispensary
UBC Food Services - Sage
UBC Food Services - Scholar's Catering
Vancouver Golf Club

Don't forget to send us your local food photos - we'd love to share them! 

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Order Friday through Tuesday, 11:59pm for THURSDAY delivery
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