Buying quality, fresh, local produce couldn’t be easier in the community in and around Glenmore and Highland Park. Which may take some of the weight off this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for residents in the area.
A short distance from Glenmore and Highland Park, the paved suburban street turns into a winding country road. At the end of the way, you’ll be greeted by a basket of fresh, free-range eggs. Reminiscent of the good ’ol days, these eggs are there for the taking through an honour system – select what you need, and leave a nominal sum in exchange. It’s wonderful to witness such a gesture of good faith.
Nestled off to the side of 184th, sits Hazelmere Organic Farm. In addition to providing organic grocery stores, organic wholesalers and Vancouver’s fine-dining restaurants with certified organic produce through Hazelmere Organics, the farm has been part of South Surrey’s local produce scene for the past 16 years. Over the years, the farm has provided locals with weekly produce orders ready to be picked up at the farm, or delivered straight to the front door.
But the farm’s respect for the environment and the surrounding community goes beyond its culinary herbs and vegetable varieties. The intentional cultivation of milk thistles and killdeer nests offer protection and habitat for songbirds and finches, ensuring that all nearby can enjoy the birds’ charming twitters.
Mary’s Garden is another well-known, family-run produce business that calls South Surrey home. And while harvest season may be at a close, you will find an assortment of jams, dressings and marinades for your cooking needs.
Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without pumpkin pie, and a visit to the pumpkin patch! Bring the family to Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch at Gabriel Farms for U-pick pumpkins and gourds. And don’t forget the camera. A visit to Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, a petting zoo and face painting, not to mention grinning faces.
When it comes to giving thanks, the residents in and around Glenmore and Highland Park don’t need a public holiday to remind them to show their appreciation. This growing community in South Surrey has always been eager to spread the wealth and celebrate good fortune. We hope you’ll also soon be sharing in the bounty of this dynamic neighbourhood.