It's true! I had heard rumours of this farm on Vancouver Island that grew Turmeric this year. I had planned to make some calls and find this farm but then, Ryan from Longview Farms found me! Much excite!
He sent me an email that stated, "Hey, we grew some Turmeric. Want some?" Well, that was the basic gist of the email!
It took me about one second to think about it...YES!!
A few days later our amazing wholesale vegetable supplier sent us samples of the glorious stuff. It's subtle sweet and pungent smell filled our little factory as five of us peered in a little box of twisted bright orange tubers. We fondled a few pieces with pride as we contemplated the future of our little elixir company. We were among the first to have in their procession this amazing medicinal plant grown right here..a mere 39km from our factory! It warranted a visit to the farm of these pioneering farmers!
A previous flower grower, Longview Farms went through a huge restructure and reinvention when they decided to dive head first into organic food production. Grower for the farm, Eric, excitedly exclaims the farming methods for the experimental Turmeric greenhouse. This greenhouse is one of many 4000ft2 glass houses that they have planted. In others they have peppers, onions, garlic and strawberries to name a few.
The turmeric is planted directly in the ground and it takes eight months to yield. He pulls a stem of the turmeric plant with long broad green leaves from the base to reveal the gorgeous tubers concealed in the dirt. " Once the ground dips below ten degrees Celsius, these plants all need to be pulled and the turmeric harvested." I am beside myself with enthusiasm to turn it all into our elixirs!
So, for the next few months until the turmeric runs out, all our Original Elixirs in all flavours will contain a little bit of that magic! Look for the sticker on the front of the jar that says "Vancouver Island Turmeric" and you too will be a part of this visionary beginning of a new era in farming and food production in BC!
We are so very proud and honoured to be working with Longview Farms to bring you these elixirs.