Celebrate the Holiday Season with CFT
June 29, 2019
From winter spiced cider to fresh greens and florals, there are so many local products to enjoy this season. To help you find unique gift items or artisan foods to put on your table this holiday season, we invite you to come explore Abbotsford’s Circle Farm Tour. Here are ten ways you can celebrate the bounty of the Fraser Valley with our local producers.
1. Fruit Wines from Maan Farms Estate Winery
For the wine lover on your list (or for you) is fruit wines from Maan Farms Estate Winery. Start with a visit to their tasting room, a place where people can gather to laugh, have fun, eat good food and enjoy amazing fruit wines. With a range of dessert and table wines made from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more, this award-winning winery has just what you need to impress even the most sophisticated palate. Try it warm with mulling spices for an extra special holiday treat!
Maan Farms Estate Winery | 790 McKenzie Rd. Abbotsford BC, and 125 liquor stores in BC | maanfarms.com
2. Fresh Goat Cheese and Goat Milk from Mt. Lehman Cheese Co. & Goat’s Pride Dairy
Try something new on your holiday charcuterie board this year. Mt. Lehman Cheese Co. specializes in locally produced goat and buffalo cheese that are perfect for entertaining. Try their Cranberry Duchess cheese or their Ash Brie for deep, delicious and unique flavours. While you’re there you can pick up a variety of other goat milk products such as yogurts and soap! Goat milk is fantastic for sensitive stomachs and dry winter skin.
3. Winter Greens and Florals from Tanglebank Gardens
A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. While exploring Tanglebank gardens you can stop in for a bite at Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa hug that is sure to warm even the ‘grinchiest’ of hearts.
Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com
4. Winter Spiced Cider from Taves Family Farms
Known as fall’s sweetest harvest, Taves’ tree-to-bottle process takes farm-grown apples and creates a 100% natural apple cider. Nothing is added to this non-alcoholic bevvy, but you can mix it with your favourite spirit and mull it with a pinch of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Or save time by buying it already spiced. Whatever you decide, serving it hot is an absolute must! Available at stores across the Lower Mainland.
Taves Family Farms | Available across the lower mainland | tavesfamilyfarms.com
5. Wine Jelly from Singletree Winery
Yes, you read that right – wine jelly! Unveiled in 2017, these artisanal recipes from Singletree Winery have been perfected even more this year. Available in four varieties, Hot Siggity, Siegerrebe, Spicy Pinot Noir and Citrus Pinot Gris, you can enjoy them spread on fresh-baked breads or make them savoury as an add-on to your charcuterie plate. With no traces of alcohol content left after production, these jellies are perfect for the entire family.
Singletree Winery | 5782 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | singletreewinery.com
6. Handcrafted Premium Deli Meat at Lepp Farm Market
Round out your party platter with freshly made on site deli meat from Lepp Farm Market. Your holiday entertaining headquarters, Lepp Farm Market has everything you need to plan a festive soiree. Their premium rosemary balsamic salami or hand-made fennel salami pairs perfectly with goat cheese and wine jelly! In addition to fresh meat and produce you can also find unique gift items for the chef in your life!
Lepp Farm Market | 33955 Clayburn Rd. Abbotsford BC | leppfarmmarket.com
7. Mead from Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery
Impress holiday guests and savour something different this year: honey wine. Officially known as mead, honey wine is thought to be the first alcoholic beverage made by man and has been sought for centuries for its healing properties. Available in sweet and dry varieties, using elderflowers, crab apples, black currants and more, the Campbell Family invites you to choose your favourite from dozens of options. And if you need help to decide, they offer mead tastings six days a week!
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery | 2595 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford, BC | campbellsgold.com
8. Easy Entertaining Appetizers from Neufeld Farm Market
Stop into Neufeld Farms and peruse their market for delicious and easy to prepare food items. With a large selection of ready to heat and serve appetizers holiday entertaining has never been easier. Choose from crowd pleasing options like chicken wings, wonton shrimp, and more! Don’t forget you can also pick up your fresh turkey for the big day at Neufeld Farms too!
Neufeld Farms | 32215 King Rd. Abbotsford BC | neufeldfarms.ca
9. Chicken Apple Sage Sausage from Rockweld Farm
Looking for to make the perfect stuffing that will have them coming back for seconds? Rockweld Farm’s chicken apple sage sausage is your secret weapon. Add this delicious sausage to any stuffing recipe for a dish that is sure to outshine other sides! In addition to their SPCA certified ethically raised chicken products they also sell grass-fed beef, chicken eggs and more right on site at their farm!
Rockweld Farm / 34205 Townshipline Rd. Abbotsford BC / rockweldfarm.com
10. Local Wine from Mt. Lehman Winery & Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery
No holiday festivities are complete without a very good bottle of wine. For a hostess gift that’s sure to impress try a bottle of Mt. Lehman Winery’s 2013 Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve, aged for 2 years in French oak barrels.
Looking for a bottle that pairs perfectly with your Christmas turkey? Look no further than Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery’s 2017 Fraser Gold Chardonnay. And don’t forget the celebratory sparkling! Pick up a bottle of Mt. Lehman’s Blanc de Blanc or Seaside’s Daffodils Sparkling Wine.