During the quiet moments of these dull and rainy days of fall, I find my mind wandering back to this photo shoot I did at the very end of summer with my friend and talented flower farmer Rachel of River and Sea Flowers.
I had a vision the previous summer when I was out at Cropthorne Farm of doing a shoot with Rachel in her growing flower patch. At the time, she was mainly growing vegetables with her sister Lydia and trying out the flower thing on the side. This flower patch has now blossomed into a small farm and has become her full time business.
This vision of mine included ‘magic hour’ light, saturated colours characteristic of late summer, dreamy back lit flowers and maybe even her sweet girls frolicking through the dahlias wearing flower crowns. Fast forward to a year later. We finally set a date and I was excited about the shoot. The reality upon arriving at the farm was dark skies, no sunshine to be seen and the rain started within a few minutes of having my camera out. We did some shots in the greenhouse and found a few drier spots under the trees which were beautiful and moody but in my heart I still wanted to capture those images that had been floating around in my head for over a year.
SOLE Food Street Farms is a business with a social mission. The project transforms vacant land in the city of Vancouver into street farms and empowers people with limited resources by providing them with agricultural training and jobs. SOLE Food grows beautiful produce that is sold at farmer’s markets, to local restaurants and through their CSA program.
They are currently cultivating 4 acres of land, at 4 different locations in downtown Vancouver and employ 15 staff and 4 seasonal volunteers. The initiative not only provides food for the community but also an important connection to the natural world, something that is often lacking for many of the individuals who work on the farm.
This recipe is bound to create some controversy. Cilantro is one of those herbs that has two very distinct camps: the lovers and the haters. When my husband told his colleagues that we were making coconut lime and cilantro popsicles, their response was: “why would you do that?” They are clearly in the haters camp. Well this recipe is for the lovers, and I know there are many of them out there, including my sweet friend Desiree who inspired and helped develop this recipe.
I have been shooting photos for my talented and very hard working friend Desiree’s blog. When she first asked if I would take on the photography for the recipes, of course I wanted to help. In the back of my mind I also knew that this was a way for me to ensure some much needed time with this very busy, food loving friend of mine. Our days together are days filled with cooking, shooting, chatting and eating. This last time we decided it would be fun to develop a recipe together that we would both share on our websites. This is the first of what we hope will be a series of collaborations. Continue Reading…