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 Food News October 26, 2023 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 24 & 25, 2023 For the ninth year in a row, Rancho Vignola is setting up its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale here at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Many of you ... Read More Recipes July 3, 2023 May|June Cover Recipe : Polenta Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Lemon Mascarpone Cream A creative take on traditional strawberry ... Read More Recipes March 6, 2023 March April Cover Recipe : Lemony Leek Cod Cakes The unpretentious and delicious fish cake gets an upgrade with chunks of fresh cod, tangy lemon zest, and creamy, sautéed ... Read More Main course / Recipes / Salad November 1, 2022 Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Steak Salad All the flavours of southeast Asia are contained in this colourful, crunchy, and protein-rich ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — A Memory of Lemon Pudding Sweet Endings September ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — Chocolate Custard Cake Sweet Endings September ... Read More Comments are closed.