Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Dec 8, 2011 For the Love of the Farm: Butler Family Hazelnuts SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestStacia Crocker, Granddaughter of Bud and Liz Butler. Photo courtesy of Butler Farm.Over fifty years ago, 25-year old Bud Butler bought his hazelnut farm on the Saanich Peninsula. There, he and wife Elizabeth Anna Butler raised 6 children and over 600 hazelnut trees. Over the years, Butler Hazelnut Farm has supplied numerous restaurants and bakeries around Victoria and Saanich, as well as producing a range of their own roasted, candied, and seasoned hazelnuts for the holiday season. Today, their daughter Adele Crocker manages most of the operations, also living on the farm with her own husband and kids––who are 5th generation Peninsula children––while working as a nurse part-time. Truly a family business, the farm is tended year-round by family and friends, who sucker the bushes every three months to force them upwards into trees (rather than growing outward into bushes). For 8 weeks each autumn, everybody works 7-10 hours per day harvesting each hazelnut by hand. The nuts can be bought in bulk, raw or dried, as well as prepared in a number of ways such as roasted, candy coated, beer nut seasoned, or citrus. The Butler clan also makes their own Hazelnut Butter and Belgian milk/dark chocolate hazelnut bark. Butler family hazelnuts are sold exclusively at the farm, with the exception of the Touch of Saltspring Craft Fair, held at the Panorama Recreation Centre in early December. Phone ahead if you’re planning to drop by (they don’t use email or have a website), and ask to speak to Adele or Elizabeth.Butler Hazelnut Farm6140 Central Saanich Rd, Saanichton BC(250) 652-2371 Ediblesingredientsnuts SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Comments are closed.