FAQ for roses

About Our Roses

Where do the roses come from?

South America, primarily from Equador.  We buy only from fair trade farmers.

What is “Fair trade”?

Fair trade farms are certified to ensure and protect the economic, environmental and social dimensions of working conditions of their workers.  

Why not buy local?

We purchase 15,000 roses on one day, once per year.  There are not enough local roses produced to fill our order and still meet regular daily demand.     

Can I have my roses delivered on another day?

Sorry, but fresh roses arrive to us only once per year.     For large orders with special requirements, please contact us to see what is possible.  

Can I order more than 1 dozen for the same person?

Yes you can, just select the “quantity” at the bottom of the order form.   Only one card message will be sent with the roses

If roses are going to someone at my address?

No need to fill out the address on the order form if they are going to the address you provide on the check-out page.

How do I place a bulk order easily?

We will send you a spreadsheet to complete, and we can upload it for you.  Please contact us for more information.

Who delivers the roses?

Harbourside Rotarians, friends and family, package and deliver the roses on a volunteer basis.    It takes about 150 volunteers to get the job done, and we always need extra help.   If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.

Where are the roses prepared?

Eurosa Farm on the Saanich Peninsula. Eurosa is a family owned flower growing operation and have been supporting Harbourside Rotary for over 20 years by allowing us to use their coolers and  warehouse for processing.   

How much money does Roses from Rotary make?

We sell about 1200 dozen roses each year, which raises about $20,000 for charity.Over one half of the money you pay for your roses goes to charity.

What does Harbourside Rotary do with the money raised?

70% of the money raised stays in our local community.  Here are some of the projects and people you helped to support:

  • leadership training; a youth advisory committee on volunteering; educational program on local ocean and shores;
  • scholarships and bursaries; books for infants and kids under age five;
  • money and hands-on help with breakfast programs at three schools; lunches for kids from low-income families;
  • a calming room for troubled kids; mentoring for at-risk girls; access to organized sport and summer programs;
  • personal hygiene kits and socks for low-income and at risk adults; peer support for people with brain injuries; and
  • staff at the Pandora youth apartments.

The 30% that went to international projects included

  • Business and life-skills training for impoverished women in Honduras;
  • Job skills training for impoverished youth in the slums of Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
  • A water project in Santa Barbara, Honduras bringing clean water and hygiene training to schools;
  • A reforestation project in Zambia;
  • Scholarships for three children at the John Martyn School in India;
  • A Shelter Box for disaster aid;
  • A water filter project for kids in schools in Guatemala; and
  • A teacher training project in Haiti.

FAQ CAKES AND Truffles

About Cakes and Truffles

Who made the cakes and truffles?

The cakes and truffles were made by Harbourside Rotarians, friends and family in partnership with Camosun College.  Particular thanks to the College and Chef Steve Walker-Duncan, Chair of the Culinary Arts program.

What makes these cakes and truffles different from what’s offered by others?

Essentially, these are made by hand in exactly the same way our grandmothers and mothers made their Christmas cakes – in fact, the recipe we use has been handed down through the generations to one of our Harboursiders.  The only differences are that we make the cakes in a commercial kitchen using larger mixers and bigger ovens.

Why are these so luscious?

There are a number of things that make ours special and keep them moist and richer tasting.

We use only the highest quality ingredients.

We use only glace fruit – many commercial cakes use ‘festive cake mix’, which can have up to 50% and more rutabaga cut and coloured to look, but not taste, like candied peel.

We have more fruit to batter.

We dip our cakes in VSOP brandy, wrap them in cheesecloth, overwrap in parchment paper, and then foil.

We then mature the cakes from September until the end of November.

Why are the cakes light coloured?

We use golden sugar and not dark brown sugar – we find that the dark brown sugar gives too much of a ‘molasses’ after-taste.

We use fewer currants; while they make the cakes darker, they also make them more bitter.

We use more of the expensive fruits like cherries, pineapple, sultanas and ginger.

What ingredients are in the cakes?

Dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.  Fruits and nuts:  cherries, raisins, currants, dates, glace citron, glace ginger, glace orange peel, glace lemon peel, glace pineapple, almonds, and walnuts.  Spices:  ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground cloves, ground coriander, ground ginger, ground mace, and ground nutmeg.  ‘Dairy’: light brown sugar, unsalted butter, and eggs.

Do I receive an invoice for my order?

If you’re ordering the cakes to give as gifts to your clients, let us know and we can issue an invoice to your business.

About Pick-Up and Delivery

Where and when can I pick up my order?

If you choose to pick up,  do so between November 25th and December 16th , 2017 at at Dial-A-Geek / Sneakers Computers. They are open M-F 9:30-5:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00. They’re at 880 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3M4, behind Tim Hortons.  Note, as they are volunteering their location and time, please remember to thank them for their support.

Can I have the cakes and truffles delivered?

Yes!  You can have your order delivered by Maximum Express.  The cost is only $10 per order to one address.  Just fill out the date and time (morning or afternoon) on the order form.

What Are We Fundraising For?

How much money is raised from ‘Cakes’?

Depending on the cost of the fruits and nuts in particular, we raise between $18- and $20,000.

What happens to the money?

70% of the money raised stays in our local community.  Here are some of the projects and people you helped to support:

  • leadership training; a youth advisory committee on volunteering; educational program on local ocean and shores;
  • scholarships and bursaries; books for infants and kids under age five;
  • money and hands-on help with breakfast programs at three schools; lunches for kids from low-income families;
  • a calming room for troubled kids; mentoring for at-risk girls; access to organized sport and summer programs;
  • personal hygiene kits and socks for low-income and at risk adults; peer support for people with brain injuries; and
  • staff at the Pandora youth apartments.

The 30% that went to international projects included

  • Business and life-skills training for impoverished women in Honduras;
  • Job skills training for impoverished youth in the slums of Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
  • A water project in Santa Barbara, Honduras bringing clean water and hygiene training to schools;
  • A reforestation project in Zambia;
  • Scholarships for three children at the John Martyn School in India;
  • A Shelter Box for disaster aid;
  • A water filter project for kids in schools in Guatemala; and
  • A teacher training project in Haiti

How much of the funds raised goes to administration and how much to support the communities?

100% of the money raised after we have paid for supplies, goes directly to fund the projects. Because we are a service club, there are NO administrative fees.