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39 in the Shade

This is the kind of day you dream about all winter. Mid afternoon, thirty-nine celsius in the shade and not a cloud in sight. Was it ever winter? Can’t even imagine snow on the ground nor fruit trees without luscious foliage and budding fruit. It is an early season. Chelan Cherries are already coming off…

Chelan Cherries

Chelan Cherries

… and the first heirloom tomatoes are available from Harker’s Organics in our fair town of Cawston, BC. The ubiquitous fruit stands are bursting. Yet summer in the Similkameen is amazing if not a contradiction. Part of Canada’s only true desert, the Similkameen is made up with sagebrush, cacti, tarantulas and rattle snakes. No kidding. See…

Rattle Snake

Rattle Snake

…Wes Makepeace photographed this little fellow caught by Walter Makepeace at Hugging Tree Winery on Highway 3 midway between Cawston, BC and Nighthawk, USA. Its okay, Walter insists rattle snakes have never been known to get close to Hugging Tree’s tasting room… Yeh. However, with a little and sometimes a lot of irrigation the dry ground provides the Similkameen with an abundance of lush fruits and vegetables.

Irrigating Garlic

Irrigating Garlic

For us this means an abundance of the best Russian Red Garlic and Garlic Scape. Today was our first day ‘scaping’ a term we use to describe removing the flower stalk (scape) from the garlic plant. Aside from rewarding us with the raw material for the Original Garlic Scape Salt, removing the scape diverts stored energy down to the bulb, which is the money maker. Scapes are collected by hand…

Removing Scapes

Removing Scapes

… and set into clear plastic bags for cold storage.

Bags o' Scape

Bags o’ Scape

There they will wait for the secret proprietary process to turn it all into Scape Salt. In the meantime… Cheers!

39 in the Shade

39 in the Shade


Slow Food

The Slow Food Canada National Conference this year is being held in Osoyoos April 25-28th at the Watermark Beach Resort

Slow Food - Thompson Okanagan

Slow Food – Thompson Okanagan

This is our first direct involvement with Slow Food and we’re really looking forward to participating at the Market of Taste on Saturday April, 27th. Several local producers will be sampling their products which will range from farmersdotter Bread and Habanero Brittle to produce and seafood.

And speaking of seafood, we have it on good authority that if you search out the Oyster Man and ask him nicely for a sample of his spectacular chowder chances are you may also be treated to some Similkameen Sourdough Bread to scoop it up!

While at the conference we recommend visiting Harker’s Organics display. Harker’s have a wealth of knowledge on organics in the Okanagan and have been farming in the region for five generations and the sixth generation is almost tall enough to pick apples!

The following Saturday, May 4th, sees the opening of the annual Penticton Farmers Market, 8:30am until at least noon – 100 block main street Penticton, BC


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