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By Sonu Purhar Nothing beats a caffeinated pick-me-up, especially when paired with a tasty treat or three – and at New Westminster’s bustling waterfront, you’re spoiled for choice. The colourful district boasts a deliciously distinctive array of cafés where depending on the weather,  you can lounge on sun-soaked patios or cozy up for some raindrop watching while indulging in fancy coffees or refreshing iced drinks, then continue onward for more. Read on for five stops that’ll hit the spot for coffee and culinary fans alike. Old Crow Coffee Co. 655 Front Street A cozy haven bursting with coffee and comforts, Old Crow pours Instagram-worthy brew enhanced by decadent pastries (check out the café’s social accounts for the eye candy otherwise known as “Donut Day”). The funky yet laid-back vibe is supported by rotating artwork to ogle while you sip, as well as regular events and a cute patio where you…

By Ashley Lockyer Classic red tractors, fields bound by forests, and bright red beets that radiate nutrition with their sweetness: That’s what you’ll experience at A Rocha farm in Surrey, BC. Their dedication to good taste doesn’t only apply to flavour. It’s their farming philosophy to use organic, sustainable farming methods that support the environment and build community. Group tours get a chance to wander through fields with the farmers, who point out organic growing techniques and show the benefits of eco-conscious gardens. “Often conservation and farming seem to be at odds with one another… we want to, in a really small way, demonstrate that a garden can be a really thriving ecosystem that’s diverse and healthy and has a place for animals and insects within it,” says farm manager, Paul Neufield. Farmers here encourage you to expand your palate and taste test new varieties of your favourite produce, beyond…

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. 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. Participating farms and nurseries include, Urban Digs, Hop on Farms, Gardenworks at Mandeville, Wing Wong’s…