Currently at Our Farm

 

Gourds 1~ Freshly cut Honeycomb

~ Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Spaghetti, Sugar Pumpkins, and more!

~ See our many garlic varieties including: Russian, Italian, Georgian Crystal!

Cucumbers

 

Try our Honey Grain Mustard, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Gooseberry Lemon Verbena Jelly, Basil Jelly, Black Currant Jelly, and much more!

Taste our sweet jams made from our very own fruit grown here at the farm: Apricot, Bumbleberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Sour Cherry!

Raw Honey, Wildflower Honey, Elderberry Honey, Linden Honey, Noir, Creamed, and our Honey Infusions are currently in supply.

Tomatoes 1How do we grow Local Food on our Farm?

The sustainability of our farm is based around our honey bees.  We grow our local produce in correlation with honey bee forage needs.  The honey bees require good sources of pollen and nectar from early March until the autumn frost.

March at the farm sees thousands of crocuses blooming, which coincide with the bloom of wild pussy willows and hazel nut trees.  Our first blooming crop is the haskap or honey berry in April.  This remarkable berry can withstand -7C in full bloom and still bear fruit.  The fruit itself is ready just prior to our strawberries and is highly anti-oxidant.

Just as important to the farm as the honey bees, is our soil.  Here in Southeast Kelowna, we have a very light sandy soil.  The stewardship of our land by rebuilding our soil is a continual process.  Soil erosion, nutrient depletion, and water control must be considered every day for our produce to survive.  Mulch is placed along the entire permanent berry rows, equipment rows are planted for bee forage and mowed in sequence with the clippings returned to the soil as top dressing.  This achieves weed and pest suppression, retention of our precious water, and rebuilding of the nutrients in our soil.

Crop rotation and inter-planting aids in pest reduction, weeding and nutrient depletion by heavy feeding crops.  Green manure crops like fall rye, clover, and phacelia are grown to prevent soil erosion, feed the honey bees, and add fibre and nitrogen into the land.   Compost is mixed here on the farm and fed back into the soil to maximize our production.

Pest management is achieved through crop rotation, mulching, hand picking, time management, and companion planting.  Our pungent garlic is a critical tool in our pest management regime.

Our main produce in the spring time includes radishes, rhubarb, spinach, lettuce, greens, chives, and garlic greens.  In the late spring and early summer, we harvest English peas, edible pod peas, honey berries, strawberries, beets, carrots, onions, and beans.  During this time, the rest of our berries, such as red and golden raspberries, currants and goose berries, bear fruit.  Our late crops include squash, sugar pumpkins, and non-GMO corn.   Garlic is harvested in late June to early July.  The honey harvest is typically July to mid-August.  Our farm is a mosaic of fruits and vegetables, feeding our bees and supplying local food.

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We are not Certified Organic but for the love of our bees and our land, nothing is sprayed on the food we eat.  Our due diligence and our passion for what we do is reflected in the quality and flavour of the food we grow.  This consistently high quality has earned us a partnership with some of the Okanagan’s finest Executive Chefs in restaurants like Old Vines Restaurant at Quail’s Gate Winery, Raudz Regional Table, Vineyard Terrace Restaurant at CedarCreek Estate Winery, and Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar.