We finally made it out to Saison Market Vineyard a couple of weekends ago. I’d heard about it and wanted to go check it out, and had been talking to some friends about going, but it never seemed to work out. As their bakery/café is only open on weekends from 9 am – 4 pm, and weekends are usually the busiest at our Cobble Hill Bed & Breakfast, it took a rare Sunday morning off and everything else lining up with friends being available, to finally go!
Saison is located just a little ways north of Duncan on Mays Road, east of Bell McKinnon. It is a vineyard, where they grow vitis vinifera grapes, and a market/café bakery. I thought it was still a bit of a hidden gem, but the place was very busy, so lots of people have already discovered it. It has become an agri-tourism/culinary destination in the Cowichan Valley. They sell fresh produce from the farm, fruit preserves, artisan breads, baked goods & pastries and you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee/tea break along with a sweet or savory treat. People were continuously arriving and even on this cloudy day with the occasional shower, the place was pretty much full all the time. By the time we had finished our light meal and I went back to buy some fresh bread to take home, they were sold out of the bread!
We had the soup and savory scone special, while our friends had another savory treat. All were very tasty. Later we tried a frangipane pear pastry and split a decadent chocolate goodie and enjoyed the flavors melting on our tongues. Yum! I did take home a raspberry white chocolate scone and a couple of onion poppy seed buns to check out later. We will definitely go back again, hopefully to sit on their terrace, as it was a lovely spot overlooking the farm fields. And the food, and company, were great!
Saison is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm until just before Christmas. If you plan to take any baked goods home, I suggest you get their early though! They are at 7575 Mays Road, North Cowichan, tel. 250-597-0484. I could not find an e-mail address where you might contact them if you wanted to order ahead, if that’s possible.
As their website says “Visit . Taste . Enjoy . Experience” We did all of that!