Hop On Farms
19th September 2010, in Burnaby, FIND IT, Fruit, Vegetables (5 Comments)
It amazes me what we have in our city. It’s October and they’re still harvesting greens at Hop On Farms in south Burnaby – lettuces, parsley, Chinese greens, and the fall crops, brussels sprouts and cabbages. Which you can buy on site at their farm market – at least for another few weeks. They close for the season at the end of October. Then you can dream about next April’s opening day.
The Chan’s and Hong’s have owned Hop On for almost 40 years. It’s on the old Marine Drive, one of the few remaining commercial market gardens on the Burnaby flats, an area known as Big Bend. Many of the bunched vegetables you see in produce stores during our growing season come from Hop On and their commercial farm neighbours. When I serve their scrubbed carrots, cukes, lettuce (that actually spoils) – people want to know who grew it, not where I bought it.
They also carry top quality, in-season BC fruit and produce. It’s one of the few places I know in town where I can get the 3 or 4 varieties of Okanagan melons. Plus, they sell canning quantities. I line up with women 60+ and their husbands for the chance to learn a new something about pickling.
The City of Burnaby has approximately 620 acres of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve, 160 of them are in agricultural production. Little by little, or maybe, a lot by a lot, light industrial development and big box stores have moved in. Yes, we’re crazy, we build on rich farm delta then import produce from California. You gotta wonder what this looks like to people on the other side of the world.Hop On Farms 5624 Marine Dr. (east of Mandeville Gardens) Burnaby 604-433-9850 Open April to October