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Comox Valley Local Food Security

Comox Valley Local Flavours

There is no shortage of taste and flavour to be found in the Comox Valley. Here you can find fresh produce, juicy local fruit, delicious honey, tasty preserves, artisan cheeses, mouth-watering baked goods, sustainably harvested seafood and shellfish, and locally raised meats of many varieties… And that’s just at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. It’s a year-round source for local food.

Farmer's Market in the Comox Valley

Locally Produced Dining

You’ll discover that local restaurants in Courteney, Comox, and Cumberland often feature locally grown food in their daily specials and menu items. Our region offers many culinary adventures, from local wines, meats, and cheeses to organic produce, fruit, and even garnishes of edible flowers. Let’s not forget our local seafood and shellfish, and the tasty craft beers found in our area.

This delicious bounty is celebrated at local culinary events including the BC Shellfish Festival, the Flavor Gourmet Picnic, the Alpine Food Festival, and Toast Comox Valley.

More Reasons to Buy Local

Keeping our local food sector sustainable is in all our best interests. It not only gives us healthy, tasty choices, but it helps our economy, supports local employment, and reduces our carbon footprint.

It’s been estimated that if 10,000 households each year spent as little as $10 of their weekly food budget on local instead of imported produce, it would generate an additional 5 million dollars in the local economy, stimulate 100 new jobs, and be equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Local Food Movement in the Comox Valley

“Local food security doesn’t mean cutting bananas and oranges out of our diets. It involves learning how to supply those nutritional needs locally so that, if such foods do become scarce, we can still thrive.”


You may have heard of the Locavore or local food movement. Wikipedia defines it as a “collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies – one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place.”

We have a rich local food system here, and one of our goals at Communal beat is to bring you stories, sources, and information about local agriculture, markets, recipes and restaurants. Keep an eye on our Real Food section for more.

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