Episode 124 “Why should we allow urban agriculture?”

March 20, 2017

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Well the survey may be over now, but if you’re interested in urban agriculture listen to us catch up with Andrea Cupelli (LUSH Valley Program Coordinator) and James McKerricher (Urban Agriculture enthusiast and LUSH Valley Board Member) to discuss some of the rewards of growing food in the city, and why they want to increase it here in our community.


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Episode 123 “What is a CSA?”

March 13, 2017

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Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett  are joined again by Kira Kotilla and Mariette Sluyter of Merville Organics, to discuss CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture. You may have heard of these programs, where fresh produce shows up at your house weekly through the growing season. What you may not know is how beneficial these programs are to local farms – new or established, small or large, nearly every farm benefits from such programs. You can see it as pre-paying for the best quality locally grown food at it’s peak, and the farm your supporting sees it as micro-financing and sustainable crop management. Listen in to hear more about this engaging topic…




Episode 110 “Canning Season”


September 27, 2016


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Returning guest Cat Leduc joins Darren and Chef Jonathan along side Lynda Smith (her first appearance) for the newest Edible Valley Podcast. Today’s exciting topic: Canning and Preserving! As we move into fall,we are well into harvest season – what better time to consider new options of how you are going to preserve your bounty? Listen in as our experts throw out some new flavours, ideas, and tips for you for your next food projects!

Learn more about Lynda @ Lawn to Food.com

IMG_6556.jpgBrandy Cherries and Strawberry JamIMG_5172.jpgPoached Pears with Lavander

IMG_5177.jpgCanned Tomato

IMG_5173.jpgCherry Tomato Sauce

IMG_7019.jpgForaged Picked Goods

Episode 102 “Comox Valley Farmers Market and using Local Food”


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July 18th, 2016


Today Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett had the wonderful opportunity to sit with Vickey Brown of the Comox Valley Farmers Market, Sue Smith formerly of Beyond the Kitchen Door and Chef/President Leslie Stav of North Vancouver Island Chef’s Assosciation. In a lively discussion about the direction and future of Comox Valley Farmers Markets, we discuss the growth and continued trends towards supporting (and eating) local and the connection between our local Chefs and the Market.



A little extra reading if you’re interested:

The Farmers Market Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Fresh, Local, Seasonal Produce

Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide To Eating Local On A Budget

The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

Episode 76 “Connie Earl and BC wines”

IMG_4785On this episode the ever eloquent Connie Earl joins Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett to talk local wine. Connie is easily one of the foremost resources for the Valley on all things related to BC wines and worldwide wines in general.  She brought her expertise and a few bottles of semi-local reds to discuss the first steps in evaluating a bottles’ merits, triumphs and shortcomings. What a treat!

Connie and Jonathan have had a working relationship at the Atlas Café for the past 10 years, which includes creating menus and being involved with local events like the BC Shelfish Festival; the Mount Washington Food Festival, and “Flavour” North Vancouver Island Gourmet Picnic.



In this episode we had the chance to sample a wonderful bottle of 2012 Lake Breeze Merlot and we noticed the difference between aerated wine and straight to the glass. With our Vinturi in hand we discussed the importance of allowing your wine to breathe to reach its full potential.


Even though BC is known for its white wines, there are many wonderful red wines to select from, too. We also had time to discuss some of our established Comox Valley wineries like Beaufort Winery, Coastal Black, 40 Knots, and Blue Moon.

Listen Here:  Episode 76 “Connie Earl and BC wines”