5 THINGS YOU HAVE TO TRY IN SALT SPRING ISLAND
Local Farm stands
If you reside in Vancouver the idea that people have little farm stands that work on a honesty system is both unbelievable and refreshing. For us, we were enchanted at the idea of stopping mid drive in the quest to inspect and perhaps purchase from these little farm stands. All home grown or farmed goodies, these farm stands are filled with everything from pumpkins, eggs, baked goods and fresh apple juice. We stumbled across sweet little stand that was the baked goods of an 8 year old girl, we stocked up on tasty spiced nuts and baked items. Do the right thing and be honest and pay for what you take, the idea that locals will stop this due to opportunists is just too horrific.
Salt Spring Ales
A trip isn’t complete without checking out the local beer scene and a trip to Salt Spring means a must see stop at Salt Spring Ales. Nestled up a back road on a small but charming property, Salt Spring Ales isn’t flash of showy. Simply walk into their tasting room which is cozy and well decorated and let the beer speak for itself. The guy in the store was super helpful and informative, he let us try as many samples as we wanted and walked us through the back stories. We were lucky enough to taste the last of their raspberry summer mistake which was fresh and full of tasty raspberry flavour. Needless to say we walked out with about $40 worth of beer, money well spent.
Salt Spring Vineyard
It turns out that the cool, crisp climate found on Salt Spring is actually perfect to make really great wine with. The owners at Salt Spring Vineyards can attest to this after taking home handfuls of wine awards year after year. The vineyard is set on the most picturesque property that looks down onto the vines and the beautiful local landscape. In summer they have live music, wine for purchase by the glass and they invite you to pack a picnic and just enjoy. We were impressed with how knowledgeable yet approachable the owners were, walking us through the history behind each bottle. Special mention to the Rosé, it may as well have been from the South of France.
Salt Spring Island Cheese Company
The perfect accompaniment to all the booze we’d tried, Salt Spring Island Cheese was next on our list. Words can’t describe how great this place is, it’s small and can be done easily in 15-20 minutes but it’s so quaint you could easily spend longer. When you enter you have the option to walk around into the stables and see the goats in their element. You’ll also get to peep in and witness behind the scenes and see the cheese making in action. From there, head into the cheese shop where you can taste all their truly amazing cheeses. Some favourites we tried were the chili, basil, olive tapenade and the brie, we went home with some souvenirs.
Salt Spring's Saturday Market
If you want to try it all then head over to the Island from Summer until the end of October and check out their Saturday Market. Although the market isn’t huge, you will get to sample all of the local goods from Moonstruck Organic Cheese to Bite Me baked goods. It’s a great place to stock up on some tasty treats as well as fresh veg and local crafts. It’s also a great place to check out if you’re not able to access anywhere else by car or you’re pressed for time. Expect to pay a premium for the exceptional quality and flavour and to help keep the island sustainable. Things didn't get going until around 10 am or so.
Been to Salt Spring Island? Tell us what tasty treat you enjoyed.