Freshly Picked

A Locavore's Love Affair with BC's Bounty

By Jane Reid

Categories: Environment
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781987915792, 224 pages, October 2018

A remarkable, amusing and inspiring tour of what, where, and when to eat BC's fruits and vegetables, complete with photos, recipes and trivia.


Take a delightful journey through BC's extraordinary bounty and explore the secrets of locally grown fruits and vegetables. In Jane Reid's new book, Freshly Picked, foodies, locavores and gardeners will discover fascinating information about the plentiful harvests that BC farmers produce every year. In this beautiful colour edition, Reid shares valuable tips on where and when to find the freshest fruits and veggies, plus storage hints and simple recipes that bring out the full flavour of BC's offerings one fruit and vegetable at a time. With her vast collection of historical tidbits Reid shares the surprising facts about the sex life of corn, the checkered reputation of garlic, how beans saved mankind, and more. A committed locavore, Reid passes on stories of local farming, the traditions of preserving foods, and the benefits of eating locally grown fruits and vegetables. Freshly Picked: A Locavore's Love Affair with BC's Bounty is an essential read for any local food lover. Season by season, Reid offers stories, memories, and tales of love and affection for the best of what BC has to offer.


"Jane Reid brings local eating closer to home than ever before. This book will leave you delighted, informed and very, very hungry."

--J.B. MacKinnon, co-author of The 100-Mile Diet

"Freshly Picked is a spectacular book for anyone interested in eating locally and seasonally. There is a virtual cornucopia of gastronomy, passion and detail in these pages. A must have in any food lover’s collection."

—Chef James Walt, author of Araxi: Roots to Shoots: Farm Fresh Recipes

"After reading Jane Reid’s tasty charm-bomb of a book, I will never pass by a homely rutabaga without a salute, nor a pile of tasselled corn without a nudge nudge, wink wink. Freshly Picked has me navigating the produce section at my local organic co-op with fresh awe—never have fruits and veggies seemed so wonderfully sexy, weird and miraculous."

— Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

"Jane Reid’s words land on the ear in the way the best summer berries land on the tongue. Her writing is a beautiful balance of entertaining and educational… I love her deep dive into specific fruits and vegetables, their intriguing histories and most cherished varieties. … Her reasons for eating local are thoughtful and varied, from simple cravings for each season’s ripest flavours, to the desire to support farmers and farming in her community."

—Debbra Mikaelsen, managing editor and co-founder of Edible Vancouver & Wine Country