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Jul 8, 2010 07:07 PM

Pickling Cucumbers?

I'm a Vancouverite looking to make dill pickles this year, but I'm having a hard time finding a source for pickling cucumbers. I would prefer for them to be organic/no spray, but I'll take what I can get! (I'm probably looking to do around 30-40lbs)

Does anyone know of a local source? I'll even drive up to the Interior for a day if I need to...

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Yep, I know - I'm scared it's going to take me that long to source them! I figured if I started asking around, I'd be able to have a couple of places lined up - especially since I've been told that one should pre-order (Forstbauer Farms, for example) at some places.

      1. re: megaroo

        Hi...I've only been living in Vancouver for about a year and half. I also wanted to pickle some cucumbers this year. I know I was a little late last year and have already started my search, but so far no luck.

        Does anyone know if pickling cucumbers are ever available at Granville Island Market or the Kits Farmers Market?


        1. re: moksinski

          The Best place to find pickling Cucumbers locally would be from one of the Farm Stands in the Fraser Valley-not the overpriced local markets.

          If you do contact someone @ a local market so do bargaining don't pay the first price asked-Cukes don't improve with age and must be sold-that's your bargaining chip.

    2. In between the overpriced downtown markets and driving out to the Valley, try one of the produce places in Richmond. The farms (Zylman's for example) used to sell directly and the place by Hwy 99 and Steveston Rd is usually reasonable quality and price.

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      1. re: J and V

        Awesome thanks so much for the tips J and V and Sam. I actually work in Richmond so I'll definitely stop by Zylman's or something in the area.

        Although fun to visit, Granville Island Market is a rip off and I question whether most of the produce sold there is even local.

        Thanks again! Can't wait to get my pickling on :)

        1. re: moksinski

          Unless marked, GIsle produce could be from anywhere, though they do have a Thursday farmers' market where the stuff is local. Some things at the regular market are quite marked up and some things aren't -- you kinda have to know your prices and do some quality control :-). One place in the market that is great value is Le Kiu Poultry. I don't buy chicken anywhere else now. I also like the pork ribs from Tenderland Meats, and their meatloaf is tasty and inexpensive, particularly when it goes on sale which it does regularly. There are deals to be had but you have to search 'em out....