Why go in fall: It’s harvest time!
Peel your eyes for: Hand-printed roadside signs advertising fresh eggs and locally made jam.
Number of farms: More than three dozen of all sorts, with goods from apples to quince to Christmas trees.
Fruity wines: The relatively mild climate is hospitable to grapes―and to blackberries and kiwis, used by a handful of Saanich wineries.
Sweetest touch: Dark, raw wildflower honey at Babe’s Honey Farm, still carrying a taste of the honeycomb (334 Walton Place, Saanich; babeshoneyfarm.com).
Traffic hazard: Tractors share the backroads.
Kids will love: Island-made ice cream and feeding the goats at Dan’s Farm and Country Market (2030 Bear Hill Rd., Saanichton; dansfarm.ca).
Read up: At Country Life Books, browse old cookbooks and gardening magazines (2372A Beacon Ave., Sidney).
Take it home: Find inspiration for your own home harvests at Dig This, from patterned gardening boots to heavy-duty trowels (2387 Beacon, Sidney; digthis.com).