Guide Yourself Through Burnaby’s Big Bend Farms and Gardens

by Catherine Dunwoody

Such a glorious way for any food aficionado to spend some time – exploring all the bounty Burnaby’s Big Bend offers.

Burnaby Food First, in partnership with the City of Burnaby and with support from Tourism Burnaby, has just released a self-guided map listing participating farms and nurseries that are opened to the public within Burnaby’s Big Bend area.

Photo: Leila Trickey
Photo: Leila Trickey

Talk about buying local. Sustainable food, all grown right in the area, plus Burnaby Food First is offering local workshops on growing and cooking healthy. Fill up your bike basket with the freshest summertime vegetables and fruit around, or pile the family in the SUV and shop big. Soon enough it’ll be pickle and canning season after all, but visit throughout the summer season as the variety will change as produce becomes in-season.

Photo: Leila Trickey
Photo: Leila Trickey

Participating farms and nurseries include, Urban Digs, Hop on Farms, Gardenworks at Mandeville, Wing Wong’s Nursery and more – 43 farms in all.

Photo: Leila Trickey
Photo: Leila Trickey

Where and what exactly is Big Bend? It’s a mash-up community of parks, open spaces, agricultural, residential and industrial areas bounded by Marine Drive (to the North) and located within Boundary Road to Fenwick Street. The Fraser River runs south of the area.

Download the map here: http://bit.ly/BurnabyFarmTour