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.

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PEARL Magazine

We were also mentioned in the June/July issue of PEARL Magazine. Check out this great feature and tips on what to do with berries – spoiler – they’re not just for dessert!

You can find the issue online here (page 10).

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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.

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung and we’re getting excited around the farm.

There is lots in the works for this growing season but in the meantime, we still have our delicious Black Currant Concentrate available to hold you over until our fresh berries are ready.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram – @SilverRillBerry – for more updates straight from the field.

Holiday Craft Fairs

The market season is over but don’t worry, your Favourite Farm Girl will be at a number of winter craft fairs in the coming months.

First up is the On the Ridge Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It takes place at the Cordova Bay United Church Hall, 813 Claremont Ave. Along with your Favourite Farm Girl there will be a number of other vendors with high-quality items as well as afternoon tea and luncheon options. Brad Prevedoros will be performing live on the guitar. Admission is $2 (for charity) and the hall is wheelchair accessible.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, we’ll be at the 27th annual Highlands Winter Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This craft fair has multiple locations filled with fantastic, high-end local vendors. Make sure to stop by the Highlands Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Rd., and the Caleb Pike Heritage Park, 1589 Millstream Rd. – where your Favourite Farm Girl will be. Admission is free .

We will also be at the Christmas in the Manger Craft Fair, running from Saturday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This show is now juried and features more than 140 high end vendors in both the RCMP Barn (with your Favourite Farm Girl) and the Main Hall at the Saanich Fairgrounds. New this year is a petting zoo and gingerbread house to keep the kids entertained while you shop. Admission is $2.

Stay tuned, we’ll be adding a few more locations to this list as more dates are confirmed.