A Little Stop at Makaria Farm Market

Have you heard… Makaria Farm Market is now open daily from 11am to 6pm?

Hand Painted Sign

Source: Makaria Farm

That’s right, daily through the growing season!

Here’s a little sampling of Makaria’s organic offerings…

Organic Produce Makaria Farm Market


Organic Produce Cowichan Valley

Looks pretty tasty, right?

I bet you’re dying to see a few close-ups, aren’t you?

Like these garlic scapes, for instance.

Organic Garlic Scapes

Have you ever eaten garlic scapes? They’re super delicious, and can be put into just about any savory anything. We chop them onto our nachos, into our scrambled eggs, quiches, spaghetti sauce… you name it! And we sautee them with plenty of things, too. For more on garlic scapes, click here!

Kale is one of our favorite, favorite veggies, especially when it looks like this!

Organic Kale Makaria Farm

What’s not to love about this silvery green bundle of deliciousness? Full of nutrients, and keeps for days… even up to 2 weeks if stored properly, no kidding! Here’s our favorite kale recipe to enjoy with a meal…

We also love beets, and their tops, too.

Organic Beets Makaria Farm

Just look at the rich, ripeness of these beauties! And when you cut into them, mmmmm, so sweet, and don’t even get me started on the intense colour that lies within!

Swiss Chard.

Organic Swiss Chard - Makaria Farm

Easy to clean, simple to cook, and oh, so good for you! For storage and cooking tips from the Mrs. half of Makaria Farm, click here!

And did I mention the asparagus yet?

Organic Asparagus - Makaria Farm

We love our asparagus steamed, buttered and eaten straight up. But if you would like to serve it with an awesome zingy vinaigrette, you might want to give this one a try.

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Mix together:

3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp Dijon Mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp sugar

ground pepper, to taste

Serve with 2-1/2 lbs fresh asparagus

This is my favorite vinaigrette, and can be used on just about anything for a little extra perky zip.

Are you a fan of kohlrabi (pronounced: kōl-ˈrä-bē also -ˈra)?

Organic Kohlrabi - Makaria Farm

Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, so that gives you a hint to it’s flavor and texture, and you can eat it raw or cooked. But with colours like these, don’t you think kohlrabi would make a pretty table display, too?

If you’re new to Makaria Farm, what you’ll learn is they’re famous for their strawberries. If you want sweet, juicy, mouth-watering strawberries, Makaria is the place to go!

Makaria Farm Strawberries - Cowichan Valley

Seriously, once you’ve tasted Makaria’s strawberries, there’s no turning back. A basket or two will do… but you’ll want three, or four, or MORE!

If you’re in the area, or just passing through you’ll find Makaria Farm located just off the Trans-Canada Hwy, on Bench Road (click here for directions)…  For all locations to purchase Makaria Farm fresh produce, click here.

How’s your long weekend been going? Have you had a chance to head out and do something fun, too?

We love this time of the year, because there’s nothing quite like freshly picked organic produce. And the little outings are always so much fun! If you get a chance to chat with Makaria’s Brock and Heather, you’re in for a treat. They’re friendly, knowledgeable, and so much fun! And who knows… if you’re heading off to the market, maybe we’ll see you there!

PS – if you’ve got plastic plant pots you won’t be using, Makaria Farm is happy to take them off your hands! Just pop by the farm to drop them off… They’ll be reused to plant something new!


All photos by Clemens Rettich unless otherwise stated.

8 Replies to “A Little Stop at Makaria Farm Market”

  1. I’ve lately been intrigued by garlic scapes and kale, but have had no idea what to do with them. Now, I just might buy some at my next local farmers market. As for beets, I’ve never been a fan…to me, they taste like dirt, even the tops. Asparagus, Yay! Kohlrabi…another vegetable of confusion. And strawberries speak for themselves. Yum!

  2. Ooooh how I love markets!!! These little markets are so inspirational little places for me to take pictures of and it seems as though you got the urge too. How fabulous!! I must try out your asparagus recipe.

  3. We have a fabulous Sunday farmers market in my town! They have the best arugula in the world!!
    My other friend just told me about garlic scapes! I had never heard of them but she raved about their amazingness so I am going to have to try them!

    1. Hi Cris!
      I just love stopping in at these little stands, and the fresh fruits and veggies are always so delicious. What always makes me smile is the trust so many show by leaving a little cash box for you to pay. It makes me happy that we still have this in our world of today…

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