Did you know that there is a goji berry farm right here in the Lower Mainland? At Taves Farm in Abbotsford, you can harvest fresh goji berries right off the vine.
For a quick overview, check out my VLOG below:
Goji Berry Health Benefits
For centuries, the goji berry has been part of a healthy diet for millions of people. More recently, gojis have been recognized as a bonafide superfood.
The goji berry, also known as the "happy berry", is known to enhance overall happiness and joy.
Gojis boast many health benefits since they are packed with antioxidants: vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that help to prevent damage to cells from unstable molecules, known as "free radicals" in our bodies.
Health benefits include improving cholesterol levels, cardiovascular health and digestive functions.
Goji Berries in Lower Mainland
While gojis have been available in dehydrated form and imported from countries into Canada, fresh gojis are not easily found.
Peter Breederland, founder of Gojoy, recognized this opportunity a few years ago, and decided to grow this superfood in the fertile lands of the Lower Mainland.
His family farm was an inspiring story of determination – countless farmers told Peter that the berries wouldn't grow, but he still decided to grow this unique crop.
His success in doing so, and innovation in growing these berries and creating value-added products, is noted and commended.
Gojoy had been the only goji farm that has gone to market in Canada.
Peter most recently decided to sell his goji berry farm and Taves Farms decided to take over over growing gojis in the Lower Mainland.
Goji Berry U-Pick at Taves Farms
For a unique u-pick in the Fraser Valley, you might consider goji berry picking!
Taves Farms welcomes U-Pick goji berries at their farm at the price of $8.50 per pound for a minimum of 1 pound.
Admission is free but you also need to buy a U-pick bucket for $3.00. Hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10:30 am - 5 pm.
The U-Pick is expected to be available until late August.
Also check out Taves Cidery...
While you are there, be sure to check out the new Taves Cidery. There you can enjoy cider tastings as well as get some goji berry or apple slushies. The picnic area is beautiful and you can even pet some baby goats.
Goji Berry Recipe Ideas
Gojis can be incorporated into easy, delicious recipes. Here's are some ideas on what you can make with them:
333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC