Looking for a pumpkin?
I hope Google picks this up. Apparently the media have been blathering about some sort of pumpkin shortage in Victoria. (That's Victoria BC, Mr. Search Engine.) Anyway, 'snot true. There are thousands of available pumpkins for way cheap at Dan's Country Market in Saanich. Probably other markets too like Ploughshare/Ambrosio and Red Barn markets, Big Barn I would guess, Galey maybe... call around if you don't feel like driving all the way out to Central Saanich, but they're CHEEEEAP at Dan's - I picked up 3 good sized ones for $1 a piece. Yes, that's right, ONE whole dollar for each. If you don't buy them, they're gonna be compost. (Yeah I know, compost at your place, compost at their place... but they're actually decent pumpkins, if you wanted to you COULD cook something with them post-spook.)
In other news, I found organic beef, organic free-range pork, and bison at Pepper's this morning. Reduced prices on most of them no less! Peppers really does have a pretty great meat selection, if a tad small. They also carry Cowichan Bay Farms chicken *sometimes* but beware - they have another type of chicken that they slap the Cowichan Bay Farms name on, on the Peppers price label, but I don't think they are. The package label says "Farmhouse Chicken" and while they're local, which is all good, they definitely do not TASTE like free-range birds. They are about 2/3 the cost of the real Cowichan Bay Farms chickens (which are great btw). To further plug Pepper's, they are one of the last true Victoria-owned grocery stores (Thrifty's sold out to Sobey's this summer). I shop there whenever my travel route makes it feasible.