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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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Freshly Picked Book Review

Freshly Picked: A Locavore’s Love Affair with BC’s Bounty. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press I can always count on BC Ferries to introduce me to new BC titles.  On a recent trip I picked up a delightful read by Whistler resident, Jane Reid.  Some of you may be familiar with her work from articles in […]

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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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Bee Cee Honey

If you grew up in BC you’ll probably recognize the Bee Cee Honey trademark[i].  It was owned by Hodgson Bee Supplied Ltd. located in New Westminister, BC. Established in the late 1940s/early 1950s, the Bee Cee Honey packing plant handled honey from the Peace River District and became a popular recognizable brand throughout the province […]

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“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon”

“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon” was a recipe booklet promoting BC canned salmon developed by the Home Economics Section, Department of Fisheries, Ottawa. In addition to the booklet, there was a filmstrip that could be borrowed by home economics teachers and women’s organizations “free of charge.” The booklet reflects the time when the Canadian Government promoted […]

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Distilleries in the Okanagan

  I stopped in at Okanagan Spirits last week looking for my favourite Haskap liqueur and was delighted to find a range of new products. Okanagan Spirits is a craft distillery that opened in Vernon BC in 2004 (www.okanaganspirits.com). They now operate in both Kelowna and Vernon. The range of products available shows considerable creativity […]

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Autumn Dinners 1895

Autumn Dinners, 1895 Imagine what an Autumn Dinner might encompass in 1895. The following seven menus were published in the Vernon News  which began publication in May 1891. The News was sub-titled “The Okanagan Farm and Live Stock Journal” and included articles on all aspects of agriculture and industry of the area. It included information and advice […]

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