What better way to celebrate fall than by sipping hard cider and popping artisanal cheese, surrounded by ocean views and 1,000
young apple trees? Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse presses, ferments, and bottles on-site, while you get to sample its full line
sitting at long wood tables milled from local trees. 2487 Mount St. Michael Rd., Saanichton; seacider.ca
Two-hour classes at Terralicious, a gardening and cooking school on a community organic farm, begin in a backyard demonstration
garden, and end with easy recipes using the fresh-picked produce, in a house decorated with jars of jellies, chutneys, and
other small-batch backyard bounty. Closed Sun; from $40 U.S.; 741 Haliburton Rd., Saanich; terralicious.ca
At The Roost bakery, queue up for fresh loaves, slabs of old-fashioned bread pudding, and hefty sandwiches like the Montreal,
a Reubenesque heap of thin-sliced, hot-smoked beef. The bread is made from wheat that’s grown in a field behind the bakery.
9100 E. Saanich Rd., North Saanich; roostfarmcentre.com
From downtown Seattle, a Victoria Clipper ferry ($89 round-trip; clippervacations.com) takes you to Victoria’s dock, where Budget Rent A Car awaits.
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,
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