Whether it’s devouring a tower of entrees at a thanksgiving meal or cozying up to a cranberry scone and apple cider at a local coffee shop, the Fraser Valley awards visitors with an impressive selection of fall farm fresh foods. More than its mountain views on a cloudless day, the Fraser Valley is known for its farm fresh food—and autumn brings out all its heartiest gems.
We’ve gathered a list of the Fraser Valley’s top 5 fall farm fresh foods and where to get them. We’ve even included a few links to recipes from local farmers so you can use these ingredients at home. So whether you want to pose with them for an Instagram shot, eat them fresh, or fold them into a pie, we’ve got the fresh fall foods for you.
For many Fraser Valley residents, a visit to a pumpkin patch is a childhood rite of passage. With plenty of entertaining activities and memorable photo backgrounds, pumpkin patches are the perfect fall outing for the young and the young at heart. The Taves Family Farms in Abbotsford and Petey’s Pumpkin Patch in Chilliwack have various events to keep the family occupied on any afternoon.
But pumpkins aren’t only for carving and photo props, they’re also for pies (and pumpkin spice lattes). Not a baker? Pick up a pumpkin pie from a Fraser Valley patch. Places like Maan Farms make fresh pumpkin pies using pumpkins from their own patch.
Here are a few places to pick up a pumpkin this fall:
Pumpkin recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Toffee Cake from Lepp Farm Market
Cider, cake, crisp, pie, caramel-covered, and just straight up fresh—the ways to eat apples are seemingly endless. With a variety of orchards and u-pick farms, the Fraser Valley is the ideal place to stock up on apples this fall.
With many tours, activities, and events available, local farms are a great place to get the entire orchard experience. Try Lepp Farm Market during Applelooza 2017, October 14.
The Fraser Valley is full of places to buy local apples. Check out:
Apple recipe: Bavarian Apple Torte from Taves Family Farms
The overlooked darling of the fall season, cranberries provide the tart counterpart to the sweetness of apples and the warmth of pumpkin. With many farms and a dedicated festival, the Fraser Valley is a hub for cranberry products and delicacies.
With over 60,000 attendees in 2016, Fort Langley’s Cranberry Festival—which takes place this year on October 7—provides an entertaining day complete with family activities, a pancake breakfast (with all the cranberry syrup you can drizzle) and plenty of cranberry products to buy. You can also learn about how cranberries are grown and harvested.
Round out your cranberry experience with a visit to The Fort Wine Co. Their cranberry wine is always a crowd favourite at the annual festival and throughout the season.
Where to buy farm fresh cranberries in the Fraser Valley:
Cranberry recipe: Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze from Lepp Farm Market
Ideal for getting stuck in your teeth and getting lost in, corn is a part of life in the Fraser Valley. The endless fields of cornstalks dot the landscape and farm fresh corn is featured in many fall recipes.
Most Fraser Valley farmer’s markets will sell locally-harvested corn, but one of the most recognizable sellers is Sparkes Corn Barn. These memorable roadside stands resemble green and yellow barns and are scattered from Abbotsford to Agassiz.
Here are a few other places to buy corn in the Fraser Valley:
Corn recipe: Corn and Black Bean Salad from Ralph’s Farm Market
Often responsible for sitting on the edge of our thanksgiving plates, potatoes and squash may not be part of those idyllic fall photos, but they’re an essential component of fall dishes.
Visit these markets and farms to find locally-grown potatoes and squash:
Potato recipe: Potatoes & Broccoli with Caper Vinaigrette from Ralph’s Market
Squash recipe: Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges from Lepp Farm Market
From beer festivals to corn mazes and haunted houses, the Fraser Valley shines in the fall. Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of the fall in the Fraser Valley is the delicious food—taste some of the best at a local farm or one of the many farmer’s markets. You can even plan your fall foraging trip to the Fraser Valley with the help of our trip planner. We’ll see you by the pumpkins.
Header photo courtesy of photographer Sean Dalin and @thehabitproject.