Located on 7th Ave, Seed to Culture brings the fresh and local fare of the farmers market to town all year round.
The storefront idea grew out of Jill Miners’ need to have a commercial kitchen in which to make her fermented food items and kombucha, which she sells locally and at regional farmers markets.
Entering the store, which is painted a bright shade of yellow, customers are greeted by the warm, knowledgeable and welcoming faces of both Jill Miners and Christoph Miles.
There is a large harvest table full of seasonal items, such as various squash and potatoes from One Love Farm and Farma-C, and Felt Me Now’s sweet little succulents and felted ornaments. A cold fridge is to the left for Spray Creek eggs and root vegetables, but will be home to more vegetables and fruits as they come into season. Along the back counter, a large display of Gillian Smith’s herbs stand next to the cold display, which is stocked with Jill’s fermented items. They are also looking at bringing in a freezer to stock meat from Spray Creek.
Christoph calls the space, “a local food hub that is a showcase of what Lillooet has to offer.”
Jill told the News, “The main business is to sell local products all from local farmers, artists, crafters, and producers.” She continued, “We got this commercial kitchen to make our fermented foods, and so this is like a year-round farmers market.”
The goal at Seed to Culture is to have a healthy and accessible food alternative in town for people to access six days a week. The store is currently open Monday to Thursday and for shorter hours on Friday. They are closed on weekends, as the pair travel to Vancouver for farmers markets, which provides the base of their income. Going forward into the spring, they hope to hire some help for the store and provide longer hours. Jill and Christoph welcome people to call, as they can often accommodate off-hour purchases.
Currently, the store offers items from Jen Cookson at Felt Me Now, Gillian’s Herbs, Amlec products, Spray Creek Ranch, One Love Farm, Farma-C, Three Ravens Farms, and Seed to Culture. The offers are seasonal, but the pair says, “Moving into the spring and summer, and next fall, this place will be stocked!”
To find out more about Seed to Culture visit them at 107-7th Ave (old bowling alley/Sears) or call 604-910-6543.