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, will see the CVCM 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. This could be as a simple as someone who has a love of veggie gardening or someone who once farmed or still farms in the Warmland’s rich soils.

To that end, the CVCM is currently seeking recipes (old favourites or new concoctions) from senior contributors (50+) in the community that showcase the region's farm-fresh heritage and feature Cowichan-grown ingredients.

Organizations, clubs and local groups with members generally over 50 years of age who may also have an interest in local food or a connection to farming in the community and would like to submit a recipe are asked to book a short presentation with the CVCM by contacting Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Interested individual seniors from the Cowichan Valley are also encouraged to get in touch. Other opportunities to get involved in the making of the cookbook exist including helping with editing and proofing, photography, and outreach.

The cookbook, stories and food photos will be compiled between June and September with a goal of designing and printing the cookbook in time for the December holiday season. Recipes will also be published online on this website. Stay tuned!