Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bramley and Boskoop Time

It is time to start picking those Bramley and Boskoop Apples.  These are great apples, both great for baking with and the Boskoop is a terrific eating apple.  They are also perfect keeper apples, if store correctly will keep until the New Year.

When I bake a pie I generally mix these two apples together, makes for a terrific harmony of flavours and textures in your pie.

Both these apples are available for $1.25 per pound.  Get your orders in fast, as we always sell out!

Feel free to contact us regarding any orders or questions via phone 604.556.4273 or email us at garsidesfruitfarm@shaw.ca

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pears and Apples!

With all this great Summer like weather we are having it has made picking the apples and pears a breeze.

We have a terrific crop of Bartlett Pears this year! If you are interested in ordering any, get your orders in quick as these pears will be gone before you know it!  The Bartlett Pears are available for $0.75 per pound.

Also available is our Prima Apples.  These are available for $1.00 per pound.  These are a terrific eating apple, and make a delicious apple sauce or juice.  Please get your orders in quick for these apples as we will sell out soon.

Coming soon!! Our Bramley and Boskoop Apples are looking great.  We are starting the picking this weekend.  If you have your orders in for these apples check your email, as we will be putting together the orders soon.  If you have not got your order in for either of these apples, do so soon.  These apples are becoming more and more popular each year, as more people discover them.  Both these apples are "keeper" apples, if store correctly they can keep till well into winter.  These apples are terrific for baking with, when I make a pie, I do a combination of these two apples.  They nicely compliment each other and make a terrific tasting creation.  These apples are available for $1.25 per pound.

We still have our great free range roasting chickens available for $3.75 per pound.  These chickens were allowed access to outside pasture, fed a top quality, locally produced grain and were given no antibiotics or hormones.  I can guarantee these will be the tastiest chickens you will ever eat.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering U-pick Hazelnuts at the farm at this time.  We are disappointed with this as it was quite a nice afternoon activity many families came to love.  Our trees have succumbed to the hazelnut blight that most of the nut groves have already had in the province.  We will be taking these trees out and starting over.  Luckily hazelnut trees grow fast, and we may be able to offer this great activity again soon.

Apples coming in the future: Jonagold, Northern Spy and Gloster.  These will all be available for $1.25/lb.

If anyone is interested in some "windfall" or "seconds" we have approximately ten pounds of Gravensteins left.  These are available for $0.50 per pound.  If interested email or call right away as these will not last!

Remember to "Like" us on Facebook, we post updates and "deals" as well as up to date pictures.  Check us later today, as I will be posting pictures of some pears and Prima Apples.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Peppery Pear Salsa Recipe!

Sweet juicy pears combined with red and green peppers to create a carnival of colours in this tantalizingly spicy salsa. It can be used as a dipping sauce, breakfast condiment with eggs or just on its own with chips. Also works great with grilled meat and chicken.


1 cup white vinegar
8 cups coarsely chopped, cored peeled Garside's Fruit Farm Bartlett Pears
3 red bell peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 green bell peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 tbsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. Prepare canner, jars and lids.
2. In a large saucepan, combine vinegar and pears. Add red and green peppers, sugar, salt, mustard, turmeric, allspice and black pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
3. Ladle hot salsa into hot jars, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if necessary. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.
4. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process the jars for 20 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store.

This recipe makes approximately six - 250 mL jars or three - 500 mL jars.  (I have always found that it actually makes a closer to eight 250 mL jars with this recipe).

Tip: To prevent the pears from browning, it is recommended measuring the vinegar into the saucepan before preparing the pears. As the pears are chopped, drop them into the vinegar, stirring to ensure all surfaces are covered. When all have been chopped continue with Step 2.

Our delicious Bartlett Pears are ripening up nicely and we anticipate to start picking them over the next two weeks. If you wish to order any products send us an email or give us a call to place your advance orders. Our Organic Bartlett Pears are available for $0.75 per pound.

If you have any questions or orders, please call us at 604.556.4273 or email us at garsidesfruitfarm@shaw.ca

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Coming Soon!

September has arrived, and that means Apples and Pears and other great things will be ready soon at Garside's Fruit Farm!

We will be picking our Gravenstein Apples this week.  If you have got your order in already, we will be contacting you soon to let you know they are available for pickup.  If you are on our "waitlist" we hope we will be able to contact you with good news that we have some available for you.

This is your LAST CHANCE to get Crab Apples for this year.  We will only have some for a few more days.  So if you are interested in these little apples, you only have till FRIDAY (Sept 7th) to contact us.  These little apples are available for $1.00 per pound.

After we get our Gravensteins picked, we will be looking to pick our Bartlett Pears.  We have a terrific crop of them this year, and they look great!  They will be available for $0.75 per pound.  They go quick, so get your orders in fast!

There is also a fresh batch of Garside's Fruit Farm Roasting Chickens available.  These are a free range chicken, fed a top quality, locally produced grain, no hormones, no antibiotics.  They are available for $3.75 per pound.

Also coming soon is our wildly popular Bramley Apple.  These apples are the absolute best baking apple, you will not be disappointed.  They are available for $1.25 per pound.

Unfortunately, due to the very wet spring our crop of hazelnuts did not produce, therefore we WILL NOT be offering ANY hazelnuts for sale this year.  :(

If you have any questions, or orders, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone 604.556.4273 or email us at garsidesfruitfarm@shaw.ca

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