Just a few steps from our front door is the Lochside Trail, a popular running, biking and walking trail utilized by locals and visitors alike. A few years ago, my daughter Ashley (who loves to bake!) decided to set up a cookie stand along this trail. It has become a popular stop and we all enjoy reading the comments that people leave in her guest book. So, if you are in the area during May to October, check out this little treasure on Lochside Drive, just south of Royal Oak Drive in Victoria, B.C.
One of Ashley’s best sellers is the Farmer Roy Cookie, affectionately named after her grandfather, Roy Hawes, a bit of a legend in the Blenkinsop Valley. His statue, created by local sculptor, Nathan Scott) is found on the Blenkinsop Trestle Bridge, a short distance from our own farm (Prairie Rose Farm). Created in memory of her grandfather, Ashley’s Farmer Roy Cookie is a popular and delicious raisin, oatmeal cookie.
Sometimes we really get into doing family pics with “Pa” as our kids called him!
Here is the recipe for those famous “Farmer Roy Cookies”
Farmer Roy Cookies
2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups raisins
Directions: Blend butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Combine dry ingredients (oats, flour, salt & baking soda) and add to batter. Fold raisins into mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!
In you are in our neighbourhood, stop by Prairie Rose Farm and check out Ashley’s Gourmet Cookie stand!