Sooke’s Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery received $7,742.50 to introduce mead into farmers’ markets and targeted retail outlets as B.C. brand by updating the company website to be mobile friendly, launching social media campaign and participating in farm tour event.
Local residents love fresh, locally grown and produced flavours of agrifoods from Vancouver Island such as the diverse products from Sooke’s Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery, Victoria’s Canadian Artisan Foods, and North Saanich’s Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts.
The provincial government’s Buy Local Program is providing funding to local companies to promote their products, increase consumer demand and sales while supporting food security in B.C. The island companies are receiving up to $42,400 in funding to launch advertising and promotional campaigns.
The Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was established in 2004 in Sooke as the first meadery in Western Canada. The company’s mead, also known as honey wine, is made in small batches from local berries and honey, sourced right from the farm. The mead is reminiscent of ancient times, and is often referred to as “nectar of the gods.”
Canadian Artisan Foods is a Victoria-based marketing, sales and distribution company that helps local, small-batch food producers grow their sales and distribution. The variety of products sold by the company are processed and packaged in B.C., keeping local dollars in the economy and creating jobs for British Columbians.
Near the southern end of Vancouver Island is Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts located in north Saanich. The gift shop offers a bounty of unique food products including fruit infused vinegars, beer and cider bread mixes, soup and dip mixes. Snowdon House is located on four acres, where six years ago, 1,600 Christmas trees were planted. Looking for a more renewable and sustainable way to use the Douglas firs, owner Laura Waters developed a line of products that feature the distinctive flavour of the Douglas fir such as fruit-infused vinegars, Sparkling Fir Essence and brie toppers.
The provincial government’s Buy Local program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia. Applications are available online.