Growing things is big in Vancouver. Community gardens pop up on any vacant piece of land, figs, apples, pears, hazelnuts and chickens grow in backyards, and lawns are being turned into farms. On a summer day there are fields and markets all over the Lower Mainland that beg to be visited. This year Jeff and I have joined a new CSA (community support agriculture) that grows all of its food in East Vancouver. Each week we eat veggies picked right off the furrowed front yards of Vancouver Specials. On Sunday we walked the hour and a half from our house to Marché St. George, stopping along the way for iced coffee on Main Street and to read in the shade in a park. Summer erases all memory of winter from our minds. Days stretch into light, warm evenings, and making dinner with fresh, East Van produce is both strange and perfect. I love this city.
Sarah Rankin is a Landscape Architecture Intern by day and a jewelry designer by night, currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. See her work and read her blog at http://www.sadie-designs.com/ and follow her on twitter @sadiedesigns1.