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.
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.
This is one beautiful bulb of fennel. The root or bulb is great raw, roasted, or glazed. </br> </br> If you are lucky to get a bulb with the fronds make a wonderful tea. Be sure to use the whole plant! </br> </br> Like many of its fellow spices, fennel contains its own unique combination of phytonutrients including the flavonoids rutin, quercitin, and various kaempferol glycosides that give it strong antioxidant activity. In addition to its unusual phytonutrients, fennel bulb is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant, able to neutralize free radicals in all aqueous environments of the body.