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.
We have finished picking cherries, but fear not, our currants, gooseberries and josta berries are ready.
Fresh berries available right now include:
- Black Currants
- Red Currants
- White Currants
- Green Gooseberries
- Red Gooseberries
- Josta Berries (a cross between a black currant and a gooseberry)
We will have a supply of frozen berries throughout the rest of the year but if you would like fresh berries, please call the farm right away to place an order – 250-652-5227.
You can also find us Saturdays at the Peninsula Country Market, taking place at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Central Saanich from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The calm before we started harvesting our top field of black currants. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of our harvester in action.
The cherries are ripe and the currants are right behind them!
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.
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.