Bob Myers can remember, as a youngster, clearing the land for their family hobby farm in the Fraser Valley. 40 years later, he's still at it, having just finished putting in yet another 10 acre field this past summer to go with the 60 acres he, his wife Marlene and son Brock (pictured above), have expanded to over the past 13 years. This family operation is the major provider of high quality lettuces, chard, kales, parsley, bok choi, spinach and many more leafy green crops to a handful of major retailers in Vancouver, plus six wholesalers who serve organic stores and supermarkets as far away as Manitoba and the Yukon. Occasionally they have too much spinach or lettuce when there is a simultaneous shortage in Washington or Oregon, and often ship product into those markets, at the same time as a B.C. shortage of collards, bok choi or black kale is being covered with shipments into B.C. from Nash's in Dungeness, Full Circle in Carnation, or Siri and Sons east of Portland. In BC, the Myers Farm stands strong as an organizer of regional cooperation in shipping.
Rich and colourful lettuce that has deep redish hue at the end of the leaves. Great source of vitamins A and K. </br></br>Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, low in calories, a good source of manganese, and an excellent source of vitamins A and K.
Of all the lettuces, Romaine is by far the most nutrient packed. Tonnes of vitamins K, A, and C hidden in these crunchy leaves. Also lots of folate, carotenoids, and other minerals.
Although slightly resembling flat leaf parsley in appearance, cilantro can be distinguished by its unmistakable aroma and flavor. Cilantro offers citrus overtones with a flavor that can be bright, earthy and pungent, though its pungency is often contested to border on "soapiness". If left to go to seed, the plant produces white delicate flowers from the cilantro leaves that have the exact essence of cilantro with a sweet floral finish. You either love it or hate it! It's in your genes!