We are a group of foodies, entrepreneurs, and islanders who are passionate about local, sustainable and healthy food production and distribution. Rock Bay Market was born out of a desire to combine our love of local food with our passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, with a little kick in the butt from CoVid to really get us going!
Our team consists of a wide range of multi-disciplinary, talented people who are committed to creating opportunities for our community to enjoy our local food as much as we do!
Ryan is driven by a need to create and foster a culture of respect and understanding for the ingredients that go into our food and drink. His experience over the past decade of working with boutique restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, festivals, and cafes has woven together a network of local suppliers that he maintains strong relationships with to this day. Ryan’s mission is to celebrate just how good we have it on the island and to develop a stronger community connection to our local food resources. Eating wild and seasonal shouldn’t just be a luxury and he is here to prove it.
Christine, aka “The Kombucha Lady” as she is known to many, is first and foremost a healer. Growing up in a health oriented home eating vegetarian whole foods, she developed (even if rejected in her youth) a strong foundation and awareness of a mindful and healthy lifestyle. Although it wasn’t until she went on her own healing journey that she fully embraced the power of whole foods and herbs, she undertook the mission of spreading her knowledge to anyone who would listen! After spending years in the fine dining arena, she wanted to merge the two worlds of elevated foods and healthy eating to nourish people. To that end Christine founded Cultured Kombucha in 2015, showing the world that good tasting things can be good for you too! Now Christine is onto the next step of her journey: creating healthy fermented preserves for The Rock Bay Market.
Anthony’s journey into the food world started practically from birth. Growing up eating vegetarian whole foods in the Okanagan, Anthony and his family would take advantage of the Okanagan’s bounty to prepare nutritious and truly local foods like dehydrated fruit leathers, producing their own tofu, and growing nutrient dense sprouts. That passion for earnest healthy foods blossomed under the tutelage of Chef Peter Zambri who’s own passion for family and feasts mirrored Anthony’s. After honing his craft for over 20 years in kitchens, Anthony brings with him a well rounded knowledge of all things food. Now with his own kids, Anthony is more passionate than ever to continue on the legacy of healthy living and harvesting locally.