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If all this talk of Abbotsford, Maple Ridge and the wider Fraser Valley has you salivating to meet the people behind the food on your Vancouver table, you are in luck. The 100-mile approach gives great license to hit the road. But rather than trawling blindly through local farming regions, five self-drive touring trails have been created to make it easier than scoffing a plateful of fresh-picked British Columbia blueberries.

The Circle Farm Tours website includes free downloadable maps that lead you to some of the area’s best and most visitor-friendly farms, farm shops and locally-focused restaurants. One of the most popular is the Langley tour, which starts at Vista D’Oro Farms and Winery, a welcoming family run operation specialising in seasonal preserves sold in Vancouver and beyond; go for the blackberry jam plus a bottle of fortified walnut wine, made from berries and nuts grown on the farm.

Also on the tour, check out the bucolic vineyards and warming tasting room at Domaine de Chaberton Winery, or compare locally-made fruit wines at Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery with the cranberry-focused tipples at Fort Wine Company. Whichever one wins your personal taste test, they are the perfect way to toast the region’s flavour-packed 100-mile approach.

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