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7 Amazing Berries to Grow in Your Backyard This Year

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Are you looking for something a bit different to grow this year?

Growing berries in your garden add a splash of color, and they’re a tasty treat for all the family. But if you’ve never branched out into berries before, you might not know where to start.

Don’t worry! Read on to discover the 7 best berries to grow in your backyard this year.

1. Acai

Due to acai health benefits, and the fact they’re pretty rare they can be an expensive choice. But they’re the best berries to grown indoors or in containers. The dwarf acai berry palm will grow 20-30ft tall if planted in the ground. If grown in a planter, the size reduces to around 10-12ft.

It will take around 3 years, sometimes longer, to mature and produce berries. This isn’t a low maintenance option though and can take time, space, and patience. You’ll need a large container for it, or you’ll need to keep replanting as it grows.

A subtropical, warm climate is best for acai palms to grow in, so they might not be the best choice for colder areas. Though, you can use a greenhouse for them if you have one large enough.

2. Strawberries

A real family favorite, you can plant your strawberries in spring, summer, or fall. Fall is the best time though, as your plant’s root systems will grow and strengthen in the cooler months. You’ll be ready for a bushy growth come spring full of vitality.

If you plant in spring, you’ll have to disbud these young plants as they’ll grow flowers. Otherwise, they can pinch back runner and you won’t get as healthy growth the next season.

To get a longer lasting harvest season, plant two types of strawberries. One early, and one late fruiting. Your local agricultural center will be able to recommend varieties for your area.

3. Blackberries

If you’re looking for something tasty and functional, blackberries are a great choice. Their big, floppy, rambling nature makes them great hedging plants. And it’s fun for all the family to pick from them when they fruit. It’s a quick, easy way to hide an ugly fence or section off an area.

Of everything on our list, blackberries are the easiest berries to grow. They can survive in cold, harsher climes due to their hardiness. They also function as climbers. So, train them over arches, pergolas, and trellises to create a decorative feature. Get creative!

They even work for backyards where you’re short on space. You can get varieties that don’t have thorns and are compact, designed to grow in containers. Here are a few extra tips to get you started:

  • Blackberries are self-fertile so you don’t have to worry about getting loads of plants to get a good crop.
  • Plant in the sun; the more sun the more berries unless you’re in a hotter climate then they do need some shade midday.
  • Provide regular watering during their first growing season to get their root system extensive and deep.
  • Put down a 3-inch organic mulch layer each year but keep the mulch 2 inches from the crown to stop any rotting.

4. Raspberries

Don’t plant brambles, better known as raspberries, until early spring or late fall. Give them room to grow and don’t put them anywhere you want something ‘pretty’ to be. You can control the spread by planting in raised beds or digging them out on a regular basis.

Provide mulch for your raspberries and it’s a good side to use a fungicide as a preventative. This will help prolong the life of your raspberry patch.

To keep them tidy and well maintained, cut them back after each fruiting season. You can also prune out some of the older, brown stalks in winter (or very early in spring). It might not be the most attractive option, but the berries are great on yogurt and for pies and jams.

5. Blueberries

Another great option for container growers is blueberries. They’re a treat to eat and to look at. In spring, you’ll get delightful, scented flowers, and in autumn they turn fiery in color. And in the summer, you get that beautiful crop of delicious berries.

They need an acid (ericaceous) soil to grow in, but you can get this at your local garden center. They’re low maintenance but you’ll have to wait about 3 years for any fruit. In the meantime, at least they’ll make a beautiful patio decoration.

If space is at a total premium, there is a very compact variety of blueberry called “Top Hat”. But whatever your variety, water them with rainwater. Lime in tap water can reduce the acidity of your soil as time goes on.

6. Currants

For a pretty looking berry bush, the current bush may be a good choice. It’s got dainty, lobed leaves much like fancier maples. They branch out and have an airy appearance, with tiny berries that come in red, white, pink, and black shades.

They’re also a great option to fit into more formal, strict landscapes. You can train them into standard shapes. Current bushes even work as stand-alone ornamental plants on patios or porches.

The berries themselves (redcurrants, blackcurrants, and whitecurrants) are some of the best berries to grow for jams and jellies. They also work in cooking sauces and for decorating desserts. They also take well to freezing, so you can enjoy them all year round.

7. Gooseberries

If you’re thinking of getting currents, consider getting gooseberries alongside them. Gooseberries grow particularly well when you plant them near current bushes.

For better tasting berries, position them away from the harsh afternoon sun. But make sure they can get plenty of cooler, morning sunlight.

Give them regular sprinklings of potash (or a berry fertilizer) around the base. This encourages prolific fruiting and flowers throughout the season.

Pick half the crop in midsummer to get bigger berries. The unripened berries you can use in wines, sauces, and pies. The berries left behind are quick to grow in size and will be sweeter.

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Berries to Grow in Your Backyard

So there you have it! Now you know the best berries to grow to give your garden that extra wow factor.

You can use the berries in jams, jellies, pies, wines, and sauces all made in your own kitchen. They’ll also add a pop of color to the garden and be an interactive treat for friends, family, and all your guests.

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Award Winning Boosh Food Expands To Larger, Multipurpose HQ in Cloverdale

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Rapidly Growing Plant-Based Food Company Boosh Food responds to increased consumer demand for plant-based food options

Boosh Food Inc. (“Boosh Food”), a delicious plant-based ready-to-eat comfort food company that caters to the entire family, recently leased a multipurpose 8,500 sq ft headquarters located in Cloverdale, BC.

Upon completion of the tenant improvements, the facility will include a commercial grade test kitchen for new product development, a professional studio for filming cooking segments with guest chefs, extensive warehousing for their products and traditional offices and meeting rooms.

Founded by a seasoned entrepreneur Connie Marples in 2017, Boosh Food began distributing their family oriented, plant-based comfort food in early 2018. By the end of 2020, Boosh was being distributed to major retail outlets and independent grocery stores throughout Canada.

Current Boosh Food products feature six different 100% plant-based, heat and eat family-oriented entrees and meals. Boosh Food offers Single-Serve Bowls or sharable Entrées for two, including Coconut Curry Cauli Bowl, Veggie Bolognese Bowl (with Beyond Meat™), Mac & Cheeze & Peas Bowl, Mexican Fiesta Bowl, Rustic Veg Pot Pie Entrée, and Hearty Shepherd’s Pie Entrée.

“We are extremely excited about our rapid expansion and growth,” states Connie. “Over the past quarter we’ve made significant hires in key areas to assure we build a solid, fundamentally strong, corporate platform. The new multipurpose facility will allow us to continue and expand, invent new plant-based dishes, invite guest chefs into our kitchen, and create outstanding podcasts and videos in order to share the Boosh story.”

In Canada, more than 40% of the population is actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. Their compatibility with vegetarian, vegan and “flexitarian” lifestyles is now putting the spotlight on plant-based protein sources. (National Research Council Canada, Sept, 2019).

Globally, the plant-based protein market size was valued at USD 3.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% from 2020 to 2027. (Grand View Research, Sept. 2020).

Boosh products are currently in the freezer aisle, with new products coming to the grocery aisle and cooler section of grocery retailers over the coming months. All products are gluten-free and non-GMO.

About Boosh Food Inc.

Founded in 2017 by Connie Marples, Boosh Food is a Surrey, BC-based company that creates nutritionally balanced, heat and serve, family-oriented comfort meals that are 100% plant-based, non-GMO and gluten-free.

Boosh Food emphasizes less sodium and sugar in their entrees and bowls and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Currently available for purchase in over 150 British Columbian retailers, Boosh Food continues to expand across the country.

For additional information on where to find Boosh Food products please visit www.booshfood.com.

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Death By Donuts Brings Laughs, Live Music, Craft Beer And Espresso To Your Home This March

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SURREY, B.C. – Vancouver’s annual Festival of Artisan Coffee and Collaboration Beers is planning a special pandemic fundraising event that is suited for anyone who is keen on laughing, live music, craft beer and coffee can enjoy from home.

The 4th annual event Hopwired’s Death by Donuts will be broadcasted through a twitch and web livestream on Saturday, March 6th, hosted by Canadian Comedian Icon Ed the Sock and ©Certified Cicerone Mathieu Poirier of Matter of Beer.

This year is obviously a little bit different, so the festival has invited a whole roster of breweries and coffee roasters from across Canada and the United States, alongside several award-winning comedians and musicians to stream to your screens at home.

Fans can tune in to watch artists via the event’s website at — it’s streaming at beersupply.ca/hopwired

The broadcast starts at 7 pm, with artists including Daniel Wesley, Tonye Aganaba, Graham Clark and Ed the Sock with appearances from breweries and coffee roasters from across British Columbia and Canada. You can be reminded about this FREE show by subscribing now at beersupply.ca/hopwired.

The event supports the Surrey Food Bank through a live silent auction. “I am hearing and seeing a lot about the cost of food going up and the cost of living going up and everything is especially hard for so many people right now. My community is really struggling in Whalley.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft, who lives in Whalley.

“This year we are going to try real hard to bring some extra joy to people’s lives at no cost with the hopes of raising money and volunteer support for our Surrey Food Bank. It will be an entirely different event then we are used to run but we just want to find a way to add some fun and laughs in people’s lives, while doing something meaningful for the Surrey Food Bank”.

West Craft, the organizer behind the successful Hopwired Festival and Fruit Beer Festival, is promising a fun time to help cure the winter blues and help those who are less fortunate.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Wesley will be bringing his prominent reggae element and unvarnished rock music sound to this high energy livestream, alongside soul-neo-folk stylings of Singer-songwriter Tonye Aganaba who will be closing the broadcast with her who is akin to legend Lauryn Hill, 3-time Canadian Comedy Award winner & co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself Graham Clark, and many more will be stopping in.

For more information about Hopwired Festival, please visit: www.beersupply.ca

For more information please contact: office@beersupply.ca

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Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day with Coors Organic and Bowen Island Pizza Co.

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Celebrate National Pizza Day and Support Local!

National Pizza Day, a day that’s garnered more than 200k Instagram shares, is coming up on February 9, 2021. And what pairs best with pizza? Beer, of course.

As the expert in brewing with simple yet high quality ingredients, Coors Organic wants to help Canadians Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day by partnering with Bowen Island Pizza Co. to create a limited time only ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza that gives back.

The Savour What’s Simple pizza will be made with simple, fresh and high quality ingredients and available to consumers exclusively on National Pizza Day.

HOW YOUR PIZZA GIVES BACK

For every Savour What’s Simple pizza ordered, Coors Organic will match the purchase price and make a donation to Second Harvest, a charity focused on connecting excess food to those in need.

HOW TO GET YOUR PIZZA

On February 9th, support local and order a ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza from Bowen Island Pizza Co. to enjoy on National Pizza Day.

Order in person, by phone, or through Skip the Dishes.

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Coors Organic is one of the latest additions to the Coors™ portfolio and is a first of its kind for the brand. It’s a light, organic lager that is expertly brewed with minimal ingredients for an elevated taste.

Located in the heart of North Vancouver in popular Lonsdale Quay, Bowen Island Pizza Co. creates high-quality, thin crust pizzas that have become a favourite among locals!

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New “50 Mile Menu” Encourages Vancouverites To Eat Local

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Collaboration between Oroweat Organic and DALINA exclusively
features ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Oroweat Organic and local cafe-grocer DALINA have teamed up to create the “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu”, a new collection of delicious sandwiches made entirely from ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver.

Available from February 7 to March 14, the “50 Mile Menu” shines a spotlight on Metro Vancouver’s producers and showcases the amazing food available on our doorstep.

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” was developed by DALINA’s Innovation Chef, Matt Sanderson, and features three limited edition sandwiches – Roasted Chicken, Porchetta with Fresh Herbs, and Roasted Portobello Mushroom (vegan).

Each recipe is created with the freshest and best quality local ingredients sourced from producers such as Surrey’s Evergreen Herb Farms, Rossdown Farms in Abbotsford, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, and others.

All sandwiches are made with Oroweat Organic bread, available in three varieties and also produced locally at Oroweat’s bakery in Langley, B.C.

Oroweat Organic chose to partner with DALINA as it shares Oroweat’s commitment to local ingredients and sustainable practices. Oroweat’s loaves are sustainably baked using certified organic ingredients.

Oroweat Organic also matches 100% of the electricity usage that goes into baking its bread with electricity produced from renewable sources and 100% of the fuel usage that goes into delivering its products with green certificates

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” is available from February 7 to March 14, exclusively at DALINA stores in Vancouver (992 Broadway & 687 Main St.) and for pick-up via DALINA’s mobile ordering Craver app or for delivery via Uber Eats.

For more information on Oroweat Organic products visit oroweat.ca or follow @OroweatCanada on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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What to eat when Jollibee opens in Strawberry Hill

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If “yum” is your favourite way to talk about food, you’ll get a mouthful ordering at Jollibee.

And you’ll get that chance sometime in the coming months when the cherished Fillipino fast-food chain opens in Newton’s Strawberry Hill Shopping Center.

The wildly popular Jollibee first launched as an ice cream parlour 45 years ago and claims to be the “largest fast-food chain brand in the Philippines.

” It boasts about offering a taste of home for the international community as “a stronghold of heritage and monument of Filipino pride.”

Jollibee is aggressively taking its cheerful vibe, mash-up dishes and family-friendly atmosphere around the world and opened its first Canadian location in 2016. It has yet to arrive in B.C. though is expected to open imminently on Vancouver’s Granville Street.

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What’s for you? Spicy or regular?

Dubbed the “McDonald’s of the Philippines,” Jollibee is also known as “JFC,” and the Jollibee Food Corporation embraces the acronym that hints at its own finger-licking-good fried chicken and signature secret recipe.

Amazing Aloha Yumburger

There it is. Yum is right in the name.

The Canadian menu includes the Big Yumburger, the Cheesy Yumburger, and the Amazing Aloha Yumburger with bacon and a slice of pineapple. Hawaiian pizza on a bun, basically. Can’t wait!

Jolly Spaghetti

When Anthony Bourdain visited a Manilla location of the “wackiest, jolliest place on Earth,” he dove right into that Jolly Spaghetti and its hotdog toppings. His review: “Deranged, yet strangely alluring.”

Burger Steak

This pile of hamburgers and mushroom gravy is missing an adjective. May I suggest, “Yum”?

 

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Palabok Fiesta and Family Platters

 

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When it arrives in Surrey, there will be platters and palabok.

The Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre will get a facelift near the intersection of 120th and 72nd with Jollibee’s new 3,400-square-foot restaurant and outdoor patio.

The City of Surrey approved the development in December and said the new Jollibee will “improve the streetscape” near the busy intersection.

Ube is made from taro and used in all kinds of desserts, from pastries to ice cream, and is a striking, photo-ready shade of purple.

Peach mango pie is also on the Canadian menu.

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