When John Taves purchased a modest plot of land in Abbotsford in the 1930s, he couldn’t have known the generational impact he would have on both his family and his greater community. Three generations later, grandson Loren Taves and his wife and children continue the family tradition with Taves Family Farms, one of the leading and most prosperous farms in the lower mainland.
Although the Taves are most known for their abundance of apples – including the incredible apple cider and apple chips that come along with it – the family farms over 20 different fruit and vegetable varieties on their now three plots of Abbotsford land. Crops include everything from peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes to an array of berries and a profusion of pumpkins and gourds. Along with selling produce in their on-site country store, the Taves give us non-farming folk the chance to get a little dirty and have a little taste of the country life with their “U Pick” days in the fall where families can come and pick their own apples and pumpkins for a reduced rate at the gate.
However, as fall seems in the distant future on this fine record-breaking warm May day, the best way to get your hand on the Taves Family Farms’ delicious produce is to check out a local farmers market near you. The Taves make eating local easy as their produce is sold at multiple markets in the lower mainland every year. This weekend, in fact, they’ll be sitting in the sunshine at the Abbotsford, Kitsilano, and Trout Lake Farmers Markets selling their fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and – of course – their famous apple cider. Make sure to stop by and pick up a piece of BC’s farming history!
– My Garden Footprint: Local. Sustainable. Social.
All photos credit of Taves Family Farms.