Summer is racing by – it’s August already and July is just a memory.
August is a wonderful month in the bog. It’s full summer and every plant that produces a berry is in full production. Two species of blueberries are native to the bog: Bog Blueberry and Velvet-stemmed Blueberry. These low-growing shrubs that produce small berries are often overshadowed by the much larger blueberry shrubs that have moved into the bog from nearby blueberry farms.
Blueberries are one of Richmond’s most notable agricultural products. The berries grow well in the bog soils and produce abundantly. August is Blueberry Month in BC and thanks to the support of the BC Blueberry Council the Richmond Nature Park Society has a Blueberry Sale on the August long weekend each year.
In addition to selling blueberries we also sell blueberry pie. This is the best blueberry pie in town, in fact, and is donated by ABC Country Restaurant in Richmond. Dozens and dozens of pies and we still ran out. If you missed getting your pie at the Nature Park you still have time to get one at the restaurant.
Did I mention the pony rides? We had real pony rides that took children for a real trail ride through the Nature Park. 5 different sized ponies for every size child who wanted a ride. The pony wranglers took excellent care of the ponies and the children and even cleaned up the “you-know-what” that the ponies left behind.
This year’s event, held on Sunday, August 2, was a wonderful success. The funds raised are essential to the educational programs in the Nature Park so we’d like to say thank you to our sponsors: the BC Blueberry Council, Gaskin Farm, Fisher Farm, ABC Country Restaurant and Do-Little Farm. The berries were amazing – absolutely fresh, ginormous, and divinely sweet and juicy. The pies were so good many people bought a slice then came back to ask for the whole pie. Thanks also to the Board members of the Richmond Nature Park Society who gave up a day in the middle of the holiday weekend to make this event possible.
The next event at the Nature Park is this Sunday, August 9. You’re invited to come and learn about honeybees and our dependence on them. These quiet little workers pollinate nearly half of all the food we eat. Without them, there’d be no blueberries. No fruit and few vegetables either. We hope you’ll come and find out what you can do to help our bees help us.
Posted by Kristine Bauder
Nature Park Coordinator