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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.