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Book review – Freshly Picked

Book review – Freshly Picked by Jane Reid In Freshly Picked,  Jane Reid’s goal is to help us better understand the food crops grown in BC – where food grows, when it’s available fresh, and ways of preparing and enjoying it. The book is organized according to Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and each section […]

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Women and Okanagan-Shuswap Dairies

Women and Okanagan-Shuswap Dairies Laura Rose, author and dairy instructor at Ontario Agricultural College in the early 1900s believed that the operation of dairies should be women’s work.  Marjorie Cohen (1984) reviewed the decline of women’s participation in the dairy industry primarily in Eastern Canada and concluded that: “While women remained in dairying in the […]

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What’s making food history 01/18/2019

An exhibit everyone should see and worth driving a long distance for, now on at Vernon Public Art Gallery (www.vernonpublicartgallery.com): Decolonizing Our Table: Indigenous Food Sovereignty by Kama? Creative Aboriginal Arts Collective, featuring Cori Derrickson, Csetkwe Fortier, Krystal Withakay, Pat Raphael Derrickson, Sheldon Pierre Louis, and Wynnter Raphael. The exhibit runs until March 6, 2019. […]

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Snacks

Snacks by Janis Thiessen Janis Thiessen will make you re-think snacks and the class snobbery that blames them for an array of health problems and obesity. She begins by admitting that she loves potato chips and grew up in a family that regularly purchased pop and a variety of candy and processed snack foods. Thiessen […]

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Okanagan Dairy

Okanagan Dairy Searching for information on the North Okanagan Creamery Association (N.O.C.A.) led to finding a huge collection of information[i] and many online resources about the Dairy Industry in British Columbia. In 1925, NOCA was a dairy operating near Armstrong BC and struggling to find its way forward. It could either fall into supervision and […]

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Post-War marketing of BC apples

Post-War Marketing of BC Apples Marketing of British Columbia apples in the 1950s and 1960s took a new turn. Gone were the messages about patriotism and the dominant image became healthy, happy, rosy-cheeked children. The B.C. Apple Recipe Book (circa 1960) was edited by Dorothy Britton, home economist at the Canada Experimental Farm in Summerland […]

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Apples and Patriotism

Apples and Patriotism In the previous blog I looked at a couple of small apple recipe booklets – one published in 1914 that was dedicated to the “patriotic housewives of Canada,” and one published a couple of decades later that concluded with the message “Serve apples daily and you serve your country too.” When the […]

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Retro cooking 1958

I’ve been trying retro cooking from 1958 recently. Silver Star Mountain Resort, 22 km. from Vernon, BC is celebrating 60 years of resort development this year and The British Columbia Women’s Institutes Centennial Cook Book was published in 1958. It included contributions from women throughout the province and provides a picture of how and what […]

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Elder Flowers

Elder Flowers have almost finished blooming in the Okanagan Valley but as you gain altitude up Silver Star Mountain the bushes are plentiful and many are yet to bloom. I learned this week about Elderberry Fizz from a friend who was out searching in the early morning for the perfect elderberry blossoms. She says early […]

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