Market gardens in the West Kootenay: Bringing fresh produce, meat and more to local tables

Summer is the perfect opportunity to explore our area and shop locally

Family members at Linden Lane Farm standing in field.

Multiple generations are involved in the operations at Linden Lane Farm. The farm has been owned by the same family since 1978. — Photo courtesy Linden Lane Farms website

Here in the Kootenays, our fertile valleys and mountains are home to a multitude of farms, ranches and people dedicated to local food production. Shopping locally at market gardens ensures that these hard-working folks stay in business for years to come.

Having a secure and robust food economy helps to ensure our local food supply remains dependable in times of crisis. Buying local means access to a plethora of the freshest available food—unlike grocery stores where fruit and vegetables are often shipped from far-flung locations. Supporting our local food producers also helps to maintain our ecological diversity as many farmers grow several varieties of plants as opposed to one specific species common in mass farming productions.

Check out this list of West Kootenay farms and food producers who offer sales directly to their customers on site. From freshly-grown fruit and vegetables, homemade jams and fresh-cut flowers to hand-crafted sausages and smokies, there is a rich selection of local products to be discovered. Here's our list of market gardens in the East Kootenay region. 

Where to buy local food in Arrow Lakes

Burton City Cider: This family-run business specializes in all-natural dry craft ciders, using fruit from their own orchards. Open by chance or appointment throughout the year. Please call or text to inquire about availability. Phone: 250-265-7044.

Caribou Creek Market Gardens: Offering fresh and freeze-dried organic fruit and produce. Farmgate sales by appointment. Phone: 250-265-7120.

A flock of chickens in a pasture.

Nothing beats farm fresh eggs from free-range chickens. — Photo courtesy McCormack Farm Facebook

McCormack Farm: Family-run since 1903, the McCormack Farm offers grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and turkey, fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit. Visit their Facebook page for market and gate sales information.

Where to buy local food in Castlegar

Hawthorn Creek Farm: Run by a husband and wife team, this farm produces a wide range of pesticide-free crops, including several varieties of squash, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Phone: 250-399-6313.

Skattebo Acres:  This organic vegetable farm has recently switched from commercial sales to offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes. Formerly known as Glade Valley Gardens, the farm offers weekly sustainable food boxes, full of fresh, seasonal produce. Contact [email protected].

Where to buy local food in Crescent Valley/South Slocan

Kosiancic Farms: A family-run farm since 1900, the Kosiancic Farm specializes in sausages, with no less than 12 different kinds of sausage on hand at all times. Their sausage repertoire includes up to 50 different kinds, between cured and fresh. 2183 Highway 6. Phone: 250-359-6706.

Linden Lane Farms: Truly a family effort, this multi-generational farm has been in operation since 1978. The certified organic greenhouses are brimming over with produce, and the farm also offers field-grown vegetables, small fruit and berries. In the spring, Linden Lane Farms is home to one of the biggest edible plant nurseries in the region. Phone: 250-551-2012.

Where to buy local food in Fruitvale

Earthy Organic Farms: A local certified organic farm offering fresh vegetables, egg sales and honey. 1208 Columbia Gardens Road. Phone: 250-368-1909.

Where to buy local food in Grand Forks

Boundary Hill Farm: Boundary Hill Farm offers naturally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Farm is open Monday through Saturday, by appointment only. Phone: 250-444-9659.

The inside of Jerseyland Organics, showing a row of bright windows, a ledge to sit at and a row of stools below.

Visitors are welcome at Jerseyland Organics in Grand Forks - home to speciality organic cheese, dairy products and yogurt. — Photo courtesy Jerseyland Organics Facebook

Jerseyland Organics: Speciality organic cheese, dairy products and yogurt are available at Jerseyland Organics. This family-run operation was the first certified organic farm in British Columbia. Bring the kids to check out the petting zoo! 2690 Almond Gardens Road East. Phone: 250-442-8112.

Where to buy local food in Nakusp

Fraser’s Market: If you’re in the Arrow Lakes region, a pit stop at this farm market stand is a must. The market is home to a wealth of items: gourmet coffee, freshly-grown produce, baked goods, pantry items, unique artisan wares and more. 4250 Highway 6, Nakusp. Phone: (250) 857-9858.

Fox Farm: Farm raised pork and beef, farm fresh eggs when available. 2250 Hwy 6 South. Phone: 250-265-4393.

Where to buy local food in Nelson

Bent Plow Farm: This small-scale market garden grows a range of certified organic vegetables and offers weekly CSA boxes to customers. Phone: 250-505-3553.

Kootenay Corner Gardens: This small vegetable farm is run by two environmentally-minded chefs. Located near Nelson, Kootenay Corner Gardens offers weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box subscriptions, as well as pickled vegetables, preserves and more. Phone: 250-509-3777.

A colourful array of fresh vegetables.

These bright, vibrant, as-fresh-as-you-can-get vegetables were grown at Bent Plow Farm near Nelson. — Photo courtesy Bent Plow Farm Facebook

Kramars Berry Farm: Offering U-pick blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries and red/black/white currants from July through September. Black raspberries, blackberries and frozen blueberries are also available, but only as we-pick. Please call ahead to ensure there are sufficient ripe berries and for address/directions. Phone: 250-505-5328.

Where to buy local food in Revelstoke

First Light Farm: A new market garden to Revelstoke, First Light Farm specializes in organically-grown baby greens, arugula, basil, carrots, beets and more. They are dedicated to producing food locally for Revelstoke residents. Delivery can be arranged and their products can also be found at the Revelstoke Farmers Market. 2009 Big Eddy Road, Revelstoke. Phone: 250-661-7149.

Where to buy local food in Rossland

Happy Hills Farm: Using regenerative farming practices, Happy Hills Farm is family-run and offers high quality, nutrient dense, and flavourful vegetables, fruit, herbs and microgreens year-round. The farm store is located at 2302A Happy Valley Road, Rossland. Phone: 250-231-1828. Read our Q&A article about Happy Hills Farm by writer Virginia Rasch.

Where to buy local food in Salmo

Salix and Sedge: A small market farm offering lots of tasty, fresh veggies from their farm stand. Located at 204 Curwen Road, the stand is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and takes cash or email money transfers. Phone: 250-551-6499.

Forrest Farms: Offering pasture-raised livestock, goat milk soap, eggs, wool, meat, CSA Farm & Field boxes and more. Farm gate and online sales available. 1244 Airport Road. Email: [email protected].

Where to buy local food in Ymir

Hunter & Crowe Gardens: This small-scale micro garden is located in Ymir. They offer fresh vegetables, fruit, fresh-cut flowers and honey. Weekly produce boxes and flower subscriptions are also available. Phone 250-357-2837.

Where to buy local food in Winlaw

Against the Wind Farm & Gardens: Organically-grown U-pick blueberries and cut flower sales. Come and visit our farm at 6376 Slocan River Road. Phone: 250-226-7765.

Cripple Crow Ranch: Ethically-raised and certified organic meat chickens. Direct sales to the public in the summer and autumn. Email [email protected] for availability.

A close-up of oyster mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms and other fresh produce is grown at Crooked Horn Farm in Winlaw. — Photo courtesy Crooked Horn Farm website

Crooked Horn Farm: A small-scale, certified organic farm selling a variety of market vegetables as well as oyster and shiitake mushrooms. 5361 Filipoff Road. Phone: 250-226-7062.

Dancing Baba Food Company: Dancing Baba is a small batch company offering delicious and traditionally-made pyrahi, borscht, vareniki & perogies. Phone 250-226-6945 or email [email protected] for direct sales.

Fairway 4 Farm: Offering a variety of greens, herbs and vegetables including bok choi, radishes, turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, squash, peas, onion, kale, spinach, asparagus, peppers, eggs and much more! Farm gate pick-up, farm stand and weekly deliveries to Slocan City and Winlaw. 7055 Bentley Road. Phone: 250-226-7767

Four Seasons Greenhouse & Nursery: Flowering bedding plants, fruit trees and shrubs. 5531 Slocan River Road. Phone: 250-226-7254.

Little Piece of Paradise Farm: Sustainably-grown culinary and medicinal herbs are grown on this small family-run farm. A series of herbal remedy workshops are also offered at the farm, where customers can learn all about the medicinal and health benefits of herbs that are grown and found locally. Phone: 250-226-7803

A woman preparing a tincture of St. John's Wort oil.

Culinary and medicinal herbs are grown at Little Piece of Paradise Farm. Here, a tincture of St. John's Wort oil is being prepared. — Photo courtesy Little Piece of Paradise Farm Instagram

Ravine Creek Garden Farm: Nutritious, delicious, ecologically-grown, organic vegetables are available at this 10-acre farm.  Weekly CSA boxes are available. 6868 Fern Road. Phone: 250-226-7333.

Where to buy local food in Wyndell

Kootenay Natural Meats: Quality meat raised naturally, offering grass-fed Angus beef, lamb, heritage pork, chickens and turkeys. We also sell unpasteurized honey and farm fresh eggs. Please call ahead for orders. Phone: 250-428-4034.

Webbers Mountainside Cherries: A small, family-run cherry orchard offering fresh cherries, chocolate-covered cherries and freshly-pressed cherry juice. 5293 Bossio Road. Phone: 250-866-5573.

If we missed adding your farm or food producer to this list and you would like to be included, please send us a message: [email protected].

Julie Matchett

Julie Matchett is a writer and content coordinator for KPI Media. She ranks as a 7 on the Introversion vs. Extraversion scale out of 100, which might help to explain why she chose a career of quiet contemplation as opposed to public speaking. View all of Julie Matchett’s articles

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