The Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace has much to celebrate these days. Not only is it’s online farmers’ market helping residents of the Cowichan and, more recently, Victoria source and order locally Cowichan-grown fresh or processed foods but it is busy working on a new cookbook project that will feature Valley recipes with a distinct emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients.

What sets this cookbook apart is it’s unique focus on senior food producers and elder cooking wisdom. The project, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, has allowed the CVCM to gather recipes not only from it’s own co-operative members but also reach out to the community for content from those who have a connection to the Valley’s deep agricultural history.

Since last summer we have been hard at work compiling stories, recipes, tips and food photos and are nearly ready to launch the completed cookbook - Cowichan Grown: Seasonal Recipes and Local Wisdom. Stay tuned for early March when they will be back from the printer and available here online at the Cow-op!

The cookbook steering committee hard at work testing and photographing recipes for the cookbook!