Two EE’s Farm Market In Surrey BC

Did you know that there are 2 EE’s in Surrey BC?

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I am so grateful that The Two EE’s Farm Market in Surrey is a ten minute drive from my house. Organic produce and fruit, grown on the farm without sprays or chemicals are sold at reasonable prices, along with food from mostly local growers. dutchcoffee&2es 012.JPG

I arrive near closing time and a young man on the roof is packing away the Dutch and Canadian flags for the evening.

The market’s name comes from the initials of the two original owners prior to World War II – Emil and Elizabeth Kowalski. A Dutchman bought the land from them in 1960. His son-in-law, Henk Shoen from The Netherlands, worked the land along with his family, and now his son Mike and his family continue to work the land and sell the produce, along with many long term employees.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

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The farm has maintained the original aura of a roadside fruit stand for 57 years. Upscale farm markets are cropping up in the surrounding area faster than townhouse developments, but their produce doesn’t compare to The Two EE’s.

They have a photo wall of the family history of the market.dutchcoffee&2es 028.JPG

The market is a throwback. It is still closed on Sundays, as were all of BC’s major stores until the early 1980’s. British Columbians would cross the US border to shop on Sundays in those days. America is a ten minute drive in the opposite direction from my house.

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(You can see Mount Baker near Bellingham, Washington USA, peeking out above the greehouse).

Note – (not a rendering of Canada’s view if Trump builds his wall.)

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In the summer, cool water mists down from the outside vegetable and flower bin areas to cool the produce and the crowd of shoppers.dutchcoffee&2es 016.JPG

Crops like carrots and swiss chard are grown outside the market and in greenhouses as far as the eye can see.dutchcoffee&2es 051.JPGdutchcoffee&2es 052.JPG

Then they are freshly picked and sold insidedutchcoffee&2es 021.JPG

I buy fresh local strawberries at the market.
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Winona kindly rings them up at the till.

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I ask her if she is a member of the family, and she says “no, but a lot of people ask me that”.

That’s the family atmosphere at The Two EE’s.

The market is a labour of love.

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Love for:

health

family

the air

the land

animals

and future generations.

I have a garden at home in case I can’t make it to my beloved farm market.

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It’s a lot smaller than the 25 acre farm, but it’s a start.

The more people grow and buy organic, the more organic growers there will be.

How A Girl With No Green Thumb Started Growing Basil Plants

Learning to grow basil

I don’t know how to grow vegetables, but I love cooking with fresh basil, so I buy potted basil plants and pick off the leaves, and within a week the plants die.

Learning to grow basil

After killing basil plants on six occasions, I finally decided to ask the lady at the farm market how to keep basil plants growing.

She said the plant likes sun and warmth during the day, but doesn’t like the cold at night.

She advised me to re-pot the plant in a pot twice the size of the one it comes in, and bring it inside at night.

Well, not gonna happen! I don’t like bringing bugs inside!

When I got home, I couldn’t find a bigger pot to re-pot it in, but I did keep it warm at night by hanging it on a fence outside the door and covering it with a dishcloth that acted like a snuggly little blanket.

learning to grow basil

The next day I re-potted the basil plant in a huge pot – a raised garden bed tucked beside the lettuce that doesn’t mind sleeping out all night in the Canadian spring weather.

But I gave the basil special treatment by covering it with a plastic bag at night.

learning to grow basil

 

The lady at the market shared another secret with me. She said to only pick the top leaves off the plant, and don’t touch the bottom leaves and it will grow more leaves. Now, after I pick some leaves off the top, new little leaves grow quickly to replace them.

This way I always have a bit more basil for pasta and pizza when I need some. 🙂

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