Wow. It seems like just last year that I was posting the 2015 schedule. And it was. Because the last post I made was literally a year ago.
But now, I’m posting the 2016 holiday delivery schedule. Please check it out, so you can know when we’ll be visiting your area.
From us at Barnston, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings. May yours be safe and joyous.
Figured some of you might be wondering just when we’re working during this holiday season. If so, please consult the handy-dandy calendar posted below.
We spent a lot of money on new lights for our greenhouses. BC Hydro tells you why in this awesome article, complete with an awesomer photograph (taken by yours truly, of course). Check it here before I wreck it, yo.
Here at Barnston Island Herbs, we like animals. Sometimes more than people. So to protect our fuzzy, furry friends, we’re running a charity drive called “Squash the Abuse!” in support of Animal Advocates BC, a society dedicated to rescuing abused and endangered animals in British Columbia. For the duration of our growing season, we’ll be donating one dollar ($1) from every box of squash we sell to Animal Advocates. So if you buy any of the following, you’ll be helping a four-legged friend find a better life with people who care:
Help us squash animal abuse in BC. Call our office to place an order.
A few months back, Melinda and Dan from OptikLocal’s myVancouver stopped by our farm to shoot a story on us and who we are. After they allayed our country-borne fears of them strange outsiders who dun stepped on our property with their newfangled, electric-picture-taking gizmos and we, in turn, finished pelting them with leftover yellow pattipan, they proceeded to film the following, a great piece featuring a glimpse inside our cutting-edge greenhouses, the best salesman in the produce business, and possibly the worst haircut in the Western Hemisphere (jump to the 2:37 mark, if you don’t believe me). Oh, and there’s a subtle tip of the hat to our friend, Beaucoup Bakery, in the video. But please refrain from telling Jackie. Her ego’s big enough already. =)
Our good friend, chef Jefferson Alvarez of Gastown’s Secret Location, was on Global Morning News today, making an awesome burrata for Sophie Lui and Barry Deley. He gave us a great shout-out at the top of the segment, for which we’re nice and grateful.
Check out the segment here:
I’m a little slow in posting this to the site, but we got a nice shout-out on CTV Morning Live about a week ago. This was thanks to our good friend, Jackie Ellis, of Beaucoup Bakery.
Check out the clip here.
In my life, I’ve learned that all successful companies share one thing in common: a catchy theme song. What? You thought I was going to say something trivial like “a mission statement,” or “a business plan”? Pfft. Poppycock. Nope, just a song. And here’s ours (which you can sing to the tune of the old Spider-Man Theme):
Barnston Man, Barnston Man
Friendly neighbourhood Barnston Man.
Grows live herbs any size,
Uses ladybugs to catch flies.
Here comes the Barnston Man.
Baby veg. Artichokes.
Way too many God-awful jokes.
Lettuces. Lots of fruit.
Please stop wearing that spandex suit.
Not Jewish, Barnston Man.
In the chill of night
If you’ve been in a crime
Call the cops to help
‘Cause, dude, I just grow thyme.
Barnston Man, Barnston Man
No suppliers do what he can.
Wealth and fame
He would like.
There’s no produce that rhymes with “like.”
To him, life’s about special salads
Mushrooms inspire ballads.
Call him, he’s Barnston Maaaaaaaaan!
Yep, you read that correctly: we’re sponsoring this year’s Spot Prawn Festival. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the festival’s an awesome event where you get to learn about how great spot prawns are, then devour mass quantities of the little darlings (There’s a boil; you don’t have to eat them raw, though I suppose if you want to, go nuts…).
Anyway, if you’re coming down, we’ll be manning a booth down there and flogging our wares (Which is a mite more socially acceptable than flogging other things. Like dolphins. Yes, I said it.). Stop by for a visit. Talk some herbs and stuff. Here be the particulars, and the link to their website (again):
Chefs’ Table Society 2013 Spot Prawn Festival. Saturday, May 11, 2013. 11am-2pm. False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.
Hope to see y’all there!
Do you like plants? And dirt? And polyurethane plastic-covered buildings? Then you might be exactly who we need in our greenhouses! Check out the Careers page for info on our new job postings.