We recently caught up with Peggy Speir, the “boss lady” at frostbites syrup co., featured in this month’s CHEF’S BOX monthly artisan food club. This Squamish-based company handcrafts small batches of all natural fruit into botanical cordials, syrups and tonics.
After a vacation to Kauai, and an impulse purchase of the ultimate souvenir (a shave ice machine!), husband and wife team Peggy and Martyn created frostbites with the intention of having a fun summer together selling. They started as a shave ice stand at the farmers’ market in Whistler but it wasn’t long before customers urged them to start bottling so they could enjoy the delicious fresh flavours at home.
What motivates this foodie couple?
We love working with our local farming community, but most of all we love seeing what our customers are making with our product – cocktails, sodas, popsicles, desserts. It’s so rewarding to be making something that people have fun with.
We asked Peggy about her favourite product: “Hands down, our elderflower cordial is our most favourite cordial to make. From picking the flowers on the most beautiful farm in the Fraser Valley, to filling our kitchen up with the most insanely intoxicating aroma, to making a sublimegin and tonic at the end of hard day with a splash of elderflower cordial…. it is THE BEST!“
Many of us are travelling more in Canada this year – part of our personal 150th celebrations. Are you spending time in BC? Don’t miss Peggy’s suggestions.
Most romantic spot: Twin Creek Provincial camping on Liloet Lake.
Best fun for the family: Sundays at the Whistler Farmers Market – there’s so much to do and see, and of course, a chance to slurp up one of our yummy shave ice cones.
Favourite local food: It’s pretty old school, but Wigan Pier Fish + Chips in Squamish. True British hole in the wall using fresh BC fish.
Favourite restaurant for a couple: Pronto, in Vancouver.
Best eats for the family, or a casual meal: Hitting up the Friday night market in North Vancouver.There are over 30 food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and artisan products to check out. The food truck scene in Vancouver is pretty solid and there is something for everyone here. We’re partial to JJ Trucketeria for their Filipino pork and rice.
If you had the day off, what would be your ideal foodie day?
Hitting up any of the Vancouver Farmers Markets is a great way to meet the makers, growers and bakers in and around the Vancouver area. I’d pick up a bunch of ready to eat items, like Spread’em dip sand Pure bread treats, and head down to the beach for a picnic.
We’ll be interviewing more of our favourite food makers this year and help you discover Canada through their favourite local spots, restosand foods. Nothing like getting recommendations from someone in the know!