Complementary to our wines, beer, ciders and spirits, the local farm foods of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are just another part of your visit that cannot be overlooked!
This is a region historically rich with farm foods and culture!
Long before our hillsides were enveloped by vineyards and wineries, the region was known mostly for fruit orchards, berry farms, beautiful produce, cattle ranches, hay fields and grain crops.
Orchards lined the highways, road ways and lake shore. Filled with old, gnarly fruit trees that provided shade from the beating summer sun, fruit could be freely picked, juicy and eaten still warm. These orchards provided oasis from the heat of the day, an ambiance, a lifestyle. Peaches, cherries, apples, pears, nectarines, I will ever think of as typical “Okanagan fruit”!
Although orchards still line many roads of the region and are still quite prevalent in the area, for the orchards that have survived the ‘wine rush’, most of the old growth orchards and traditional fruit trees have been replaced with smaller, higher yielding version of these old trees. There are still many original orchards left throughout the region, sadly these grandfather orchards grow less and less every year.
♥ Local Harvest! ♥
Fruit festivals, farmer’s markets, food celebrations, festivities occur up and down the Valley throughout the year and the local food culture has grown to be extremely vibrant. To experience our fresh farm foods to the fullest, the time of year to visit is generally July through September, as this is the best time to find our farm fresh foods, at their freshest!
If you have not had a chance to visit the area during this most beautiful time of the year, here is a short list of some of the farm fresh foods and produce one can find growing somewhere in the valley.
Apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, melons, tomatoes, berries…
Potatoes, peppers, greens, carrots, gourds, corn, beans, peas, garlic, and herbs…
Wild asparagus, strawberries, and raspberries…
Just to name a few!
Grown locally, or right in your own backyard, the farm fresh foods of the valley are just another reason to make anyone fall in love with the Okanagan!
Picked fresh from the garden, prepared in your own kitchen or presented by one of the fine chefs to call our valley home, store bought simply does not compare!
Follow along for discussions, recipes, food thoughts, and more, all to do with the farm fresh foods grown right here in the Okanagan-Similkameen!