Let food be thy medicine, is one of the oldest sayings in human history and it’s 100% true. You are what you eat, down to the cells in your body. And it’s not always easy to get the best tasting locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables at grocery stores on Vancouver’s North Shore. Enter our friends at Valley To Shore who deliver amazing tasty Harvest Boxes of produce grown right here in the Fraser Valley. They deliver to North Vancouver and West Vancouver and the business is operated by our friend Dana Dykema, checkout the interview below to learn more and take advantage of the best fruits and vegebtales grown in Southern British Columbia.
How did you get started with your business and what do you like about operating in North Vancouver?
It all started with an Instagram story and a tag for Local Harvest. Intrigued I followed the tag to the website, learned about the gardening course and immediately wanted to meet these farmers. I went out to Chilliwack that weekend and saw the farm. I met Farmer Andrew of Terra Flora Soilworks and shortly after, Dan Oostenbrink from Local Harvest. These men are genuine and salt of the earth type people so I liked them right off the bat. I learned the way Dan farmed using regenerative farming practices. I tasted the food. Not only did it taste better, but it has also helped heal my body. I knew if I loved this food, and supporting my local farmer, others would too. I saw an opportunity to bring that farm-fresh, seasonal food to the North Shore in the form of a Harvest Box.
What are the products that you offer to customers across Vancouver’s North Shore and beyond?
A seasonal box of freshly harvested produce. Vermicompost from Terra Flora Soilworks.
What makes your business different than similar businesses in your industry?
Harvest Boxes give you the same weekly offering of freshly harvested produce without the commitment to an entire season. You choose when you want one. Harvest Boxes from Local Harvest have never been available to the North Shore before. Vermicompost from Terra Flora has never been available on the North Shore before. This is a premium, aged vermicompost that will supercharge your growing material bringing explosive biology to the soil to grow strong, nutrient-dense, flavourful food.
If our readers want to purchase products or services from you what is the best way for them to do so?
Find me on Instagram below and our website is coming soon around March 2022.
Before operating your local business what were you doing for work or a career?
I am a stay-at-home mom of 15 years.
Outside of operating your business what do you get up to for activities in your personal time?
I love to hike our local trails and recently, developing my garden has become a real passion.
Lastly, is there anything else you might want our readers to know about you or your business?
I know how difficult and daunting it can be for folks on the North Shore to access the Fraser Valley. From traffic to time, it’s risky business leaving the Shore. I want to be that bridge that connects people in my community to this incredible family-owned and operated farm and the abundance that grows there.
For more info and to chat with them you can email or call below.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-999-0243
Follow along on their daily adventures using Instagram.