• Organic Fair Inc.

    July 2, 2009

    On our wine tour of Southern Vancouver Island (post coming soon!), our driver planned a “secret” stop for the group. I love surprises, but I didn’t think I would enjoy our top secret visit as much as I did!

    After a ride up a long, winding hill into the woods, we arrived at a little farmstand surrounded by fresh herbs and pretty wildflowers. There were also chairs and tables with umbrellas set up outside and a friendly yellow lab came running to greet us.

    At this point, I really had no idea what to expect!

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    I soon discovered that this location was the home of Organic Fair Inc., “an artisan crafter of exclusively organic, fair trade, and biodynamic products.

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    Organic Fair Inc. is a family-owned company located in gorgeous Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. All of the products are created on-site at their certified organic farm, which is opened to visitors year-round.

    The farm offers:

    • A wide selection of seasonal farm-grown organic produce
    • Fresh baking with Red Fife Wheat flour and farm grown ingredients
    • Handmade ice cream with organic milk and eggs from the BC lower mainland
    • Specialty coffee and tea, as well as other creative beverages
    • Artisan crafted gourmet, organic fair trade dark chocolate

    As you can see, Organic Fair sells all sorts of products, but the one I was most excited about was their dark chocolate bars! Holy yum!

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    After wandering around and enjoying the beautiful Organic Fair property, our group was invited inside to sample some chocolate!

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    Organic Fair has 11 different flavors of dark chocolate bars. They’re all made with a minimum of 70% cacao and are both certified organic and fair trade. The bars have no fillers, waxes, or added dairy products– just delicious chocolate with the perfect amount of organic sugar.

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    Of course, there wasn’t a single chocolate that I didn’t enjoy! ;-) Everyone in our group loved them too. Organic Fair really does has a chocolate bar for everyone! :mrgreen:

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    Organic Fair has so many interesting flavors of chocolate! One in particular, the Chiapas Organic Dark Chocolate, was like nothing I have ever tasted. The Chiapas bar is made with 70% cacao dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, and chipotle chile. It was subtly sweet, but left you with a spicy bite at the end. I initially tasted the dark chocolate mixed with cinnamon, but then the chipotle chile hit my tongue and lingered for a few seconds. It was awesome!

    I also really liked the Canadiana chocolate bar. There was something quite special about putting chocolate, sun-dried apples, maple syrup, and smoked salt together in one bar! Holy amazing flavor combination!

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    My favorite chocolate of the day, however, was the Little Italy bar, which is made with dark chocolate, espresso chunks, and lemon. I never would have expected these flavors to taste so delicious! The buzz of espresso and zing of lemon were incredible together!

    Mal loved the Silk Road bar (chocolate + peppermint + mandarin), so we each bought one of each to take home with us. Let’s just say that neither of the bars made it out of Canada! ;-)

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    Organic Fair’s chocolate is one of the best I have ever tasted! And I love that they are made with all-natural, organic ingredients and without all of those weird fillers that most of the “mass-market” chocolates are made with. Each bite was packed with natural flavor and subtle dark chocolate sweetness.

    Organic Fair has all of their products available for sale online, which are shipped directly from their farm store. Sadly, Organic Fair only ships to their Canadian customers, but perhaps that will change in the near future? I would love another Little Italy bar in my life!


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    Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) July 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

    All of the chocolate bars sound amazing but I think I would probably have picked the Little Italy like you. There is a coffee shop in my neighborhood that serves espresso shots with fresh lemon juice and it is amazing. I was very skeptical at first but the combination is perfect. I can only imagine that chocolate would make it that much better! : )

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    Jaime (Embracing Balance) July 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

    OMG…I didn’t even know that place existed! and I spent more than 10 years of my life commuting back and forth through Cobble Hill several times a year!! Thanks for this, Tina. I’ll be looking for Organic Fair on my next trip home. :)

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    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

    oh wow! a chocolate tasting sounds like so much fun. that Canadiana bar looks so good. maybe if Organic Fair knows how much C ‘n C readers want to try their chocolate, they’ll make a shipping exception :-)

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    Whitney July 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    What a cute place! I love little random stops.

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    Matt July 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Wow that farm sounds like heaven! I’ve never heard of a place making so many wonderful things. So often when companies try to get too varied, everything turns out rather dull. But from your post it sounds like they do a pretty nice job of it!

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    MarathonVal July 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    That sounds amazing! We have a place called Vosges Chocolate in Chicago that has “unique” flavors like kalamata olive, rose, bacon, etc, but those combos you tried I’ve never heard of. Chocolate is so delicious and versatile I truly think it goes with everything! :)

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    brandi July 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    those chocolates sound amazing! what a cool surprise trip! I hope they start shipping to the US, too :)

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    Katherine July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Mmmm I think Silk Road would be my favorite. Those look amazing!! Hope they can ship to the US soon :)

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    Rose July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    How cool. Thanks for sharing this place with us!

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    Shelby July 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Looks delicious!

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    Liesl July 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Wow sounds like a great place!! Men, and mint…my man loves it too. I love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

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    Becci July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am

    That chocolate sounds amazing!!! And the location was gorgeous!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What an amazing surprise!!! Beautiful grounds, too!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

    That place looks so great!! I would love to visit there at some point. :D

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    Kelly July 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

    That looks like an awesome little place. I am especially in love with their wallpaper. I love chocolate so I would have been in heaven there.

    As a side note, my blog moved so come check me out at the new address!

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    Leah July 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Oh noooooo! I am sooo sad they are only shipping to the US!! Agh! It *might* be a good excuse to plan a trip up to Vanc Is though!!

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    Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) July 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

    What a neat place!

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    Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    The Italy bar sounds delicious. When you think about it, authentic Italian restaurants do serve a small lemon rind with espresso, so I guess pulling it all together into a bar makes sense. If I ever come across it I will definitely snatch it up!

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    Shannon July 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I was just drooling over the website, and it looks like they accept US dollars and use both Canada Post and the USPS–so maybe there is hope for us Americans??

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    Steph July 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    those flavor combinations sound so different and intriguing. must have been a successful “secret stop”!!

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    Rebecca July 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

    The espresso with lemon chocolate looks amazing! I love dark chocolate! That looks like a great place!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Those chocolates sound great! I love dark chocolate! Thanks for the reviews!

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    Becca July 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Yum! Organic dark chocolate bars? Yes please! Hopefully they start US shipping soon; I’ll be their first customer. Ha!

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    Christina July 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

    espresso and chocolate sound like a great match. I’ve been wanting to try chocolate covered coffee beans forever – I hope they ship to the US eventually!

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    Rachel (rachelsworkbites) July 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

    mmmm, I adore chocolate! I’m jealous you got to sample so many yummy organic dark chocolates!

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    Janet July 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Those bars look amazing! Such interesting flavors and fair trade and organic, too!

    Theo is another great brand (from Seattle!) that makes organic and Fair Trade bars. http://theochocolate.com/ They have really interesting flavors (like these http://www.theochocolate.com/products/3400-phinney-bars.php) and I can usually find them at Cost Plus World Market or Whole Foods!

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    Diana July 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

    If you ever need a Canadian stop over address let me know! I may have to order a few of these myself!!
    Diana

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    Katie July 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Looks like an amazing place to visit!

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Be still my heart – an organic chocolate tasting?! What a perfect vacation activity!

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    Pam Striker July 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Oh, chocolate my favorite, and organic on top of that…can’t beat it!

    Pam
    http://www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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    jenna July 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    thats so sad they do not ship to US!!! it looks great!!

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    Nicole (dishin') July 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Wow – I love chocolate and places like this. The flavor combos sound very interesting. Glad you enjoyed them!

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    RunToFinish July 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    ohh that looks like a complete blast! I love those kind of places!

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    Sheena July 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Oh wow!!! You are so luck. I have a cousin and her family that live up in Vancouver and have mentioned the Organic Farm, but I have never visited them. After this post I think it sounds high-time for a visit. And te chocolate combos sound delicious and so inventive.

    Take Care

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    Lynn July 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Wow! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That all looks amazing!!!!!!!!

    I am going to tell my Dad that I’m shipping him some! (he still lives in Canada) :D

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    Marianne July 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Organic Fair has the best chocolates – you can buy them in a few stores here in Victoria. I really like the Westcoaster :)

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    Pam July 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Maybe we can exchange chocolate for barney butter?!? :) Glad you enjoyed Canada!

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    Bev July 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    They do ship the chocolate. I just tried it but the shipping was $11.50

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    Kent from Organic Fair July 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Hello from Organic Fair,
    Glad you enjoyed our chocolate and farm Tina. I just wanted to let you know that we do now ship to the US, and actually have free shipping to the US on all orders over $50. I have also updated the website where it said that we only ship to Canadian customers. Hope this helps and have a great 4th of July!

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