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Anthocyanins and Polyphenols

If you haven’t seen the July issue of Seaside Magazine, there is a great feature on the benefits of currants and other berries grown locally.

If you didn’t get a hardcopy, check out the link here – the article is on page 55.

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Crop Update

The cherries are ripe and the currants are right behind them!

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We have a very limited supply of sour cherries left, if you would like some, please call the farm right away to place an order (250-652-5227).

We have sweet cherries available almost daily while supplies last – if you’re in the area look for our white and red cherry signs.

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We will also begin picking currants this weekend (if all goes according to plan) and will have some fresh berries Saturday at the Peninsula Country Market.

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Crop Update

It won’t be too long now, we’re starting to see some colour on the berries, especially the cherries! The cherries will likely be ready in early July and the currants are on track for mid-July. If you’d like to place an order for fresh fruit, please call the farm at 250-652-5227.

A little history

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Pamela Fox comes from a farming family that has a long history on the Saanich Peninsula. Her grandparents came over from England in the early 1900s and loved the area so much, they soon brought over their parents, Pamela’s great-grandparents.

They had a dairy farm near Butchart Garden’s and before that, milked Jersey cows in the Mt. Newton Valley at Lawrence Hagan Farm – what is now known as Woodwyn Farm.

Pamela’s father, Stan Fox, eventually took over the farm and delivered milk all over Greater Victoria. In 1961, he started growing sweet corn, eventually producing enough for every man, woman and child on Vancouver Island.

Pamela was able to purchase land in the Mt. Newton Valley on Hovey Road, which was part of the farm her grandparents named Silver Rill.

Her father suggested she grow something different and she drew on her British roots to start growing currants and gooseberries. Pamela has four brothers that also operate their own farms.

If you scroll down you’ll see lots of updates from the farm. We are also very active on social media so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for even more news straight from the fields! Just search Silver Rill Berry and if you have any questions, please give us a call at 250-652-5227.