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Third Annual Press Fest!

Come one, come all to the 3rd annual Apple Press Festival!

Participants try their hand at crushing, grinding, and pressing apples. In addition, there are activities like an apple home-run derby, a pressing competition, and old-time games like corn-hole and juggling.The festival aims to bring the community together not only to celebrate the harvest, but to roll up their sleeves and actively participate in it. The Press Fest raises awareness of the great potential of local apples as a readily-available nutrient source, sweetener, fermenting ingredient, and all-around fantastic fruit. In doing so, we support local orchardists who utilize integrated pest management (IPM) and organic farming practices. Many apple varieties, which may not store well as fruit, are normally left to rot in the orchard. By processing them, we are creating value for both the community and the farmers.

It’s a BYOJ sort of event, so bring your own jug, because participants can fill up a mason jar or their own container with the sweet sweet juice!

Where: VanTech’s Schoolyard Market Garden (Map)
When:  October 26th; 12-4 pm
RSVP: @ facebook

Huge thanks to the tremendous sponsors: Duncan Martin with DailyEggs.com; Rick Havlack with Homesteader’s Empourium; and Fresh Roots!

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South Vancouver Harvest Festival

With great excitement we’re announcing our South Vancouver Harvest Festival! Taking place at the Schoolyard Market Garden at David Thompson Secondary on October 18th, 2014, the event is part of Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival, a city-wide celebration of local food culture and sustainability. Together with the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House – we will be throwing an all-ages farm party to celebrate our community’s bounty.

Join us for an afternoon of harvest exuberance and a celebration of food and community! Activities will start at the farm at 3pm and include pumpkin carving, apple pressing, and lantern making. Celebrate the season with a bowl of hearty harvest stew, and cast your vote in a multicultural dessert contest (or enter your own!), or simply bring a blanket and watch the action unfold.

Let us know that you’re coming by getting your tickets here.  There is no charge for this event but there will be opportunities to contribute ‘by donation’ to help cover costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Bring your family, bring your favourite friend, or just bring yourself!

Stay tuned at @freshroots (Twitter & Instagram), our Facebook page, and our website as the full party plan unfolds. Start sharing your #SouthVanLove pictures with us!

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A Lovely Summer Evening at David Thompson

Plant. Harvest. Eat. Celebrate. You’ve been with us for the first two steps – come join us for the rest!

On July 12, Join Fresh Roots for a Summer Evening in the Garden. Our good friends at FARMACIE will be hosting their third installment of their Long Table Dinner Series, and you’re invited!

To reserve your seat, sign up here:  http://goo.gl/E2Utly

All you need is your appetite: a hunger for delicious conversation, dancing, music, and of course, fresh food (grown right on site). Chefs Marika Richoz and Juno Kim will be working alongside other local lovers to satisfy your taste buds. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to support Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Gardens. We’re looking forward to sharing our harvest with you!

Meet Your Farmer on May 2nd

Hello Fresh Roots 2012 CSA Members!
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We are so excited you are joining our 2012 CSA! We are anticipating an abundant growing season and enjoying delicious veggies with our neighborhood community.

This year we will have forty-five members for our weekly CSA (community shared agriculture) program. We are thrilled that you are one of them.

We will be hosting a second Meet Your Farmer evening, for those of you that were unable to attend the first, introducing Fresh Roots farmers, staff, growing plans, etc. to all of you. There will be light refreshments available. Feel free to bring food, or wine and beer. It will also be a chance for CSA members to meet one another before the season begins.

When: Wednesday May 2
Time: 6:30pm-8pm
Where: 1595 E 14 (btw. Commercial Dr and Woodland)

If you have any questions, please call Ilana at 778-862-FARM.

Looking forward to sharing a delicious growing season with you! There are still a few CSA shares left – it’s not to late to join.

The Fresh Roots Farm Team

More photos from our Meet Your Farmer Night #1…