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On the farm in Kelowna (British Columbia)

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Kelowna was getting out to visit some of the local farms and chatting with the farmers. In our short time there (just 2 1/2 days!) we obviously didn’t have time to visit that many (because, you know there were eats and drinks to be had, pastry classes to attend and markets to check out too!) so my experience is definitely limited but certainly it’s representative of all the amazing producers around the Kelowna area. These people respect the land and have a real passion for, and connection to, the food they produce.

Our first stop was Old Meadows Organic Farm where we met Farmer Jeff.

On Old Meadows Organic Farm on eatlivetravelwrite.com Old Meadows Organic Farm on eatlivetravelwrite.comOld Meadows Organic Farm is situated on the fertile floodplains of Mission Creek. Farmer Jeff grows certified organic fruits and vegetables using sustainable practices to provide the highest quality produce for the local community, and which they sell at their Market in the summer and fall.   They also carry produce from a few other local certified organic farms since the Farm cannot grow everything.  The Farm has loyal customer base supporting locally grown food.

Organic Meadows Farm in Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comAt Old Meadows Organic Farm the aim is to provide the community with the highest quality food, grown using the most sustainable practices. Their ultimate goal is to be a self-sustaining farm and they believe that by using a balanced approach they will be able to produce enough food to feed the local community while actually improving the land they farm on. Old Meadows Organic Farm believes it is up to farmers to lead the way in sustainable practices and hope to inspire others to do the same. You can read about their sustainable farming practices here.

Check out Old Meadows Organic Farm’s Farm to Table Feature with Tourism Kelowna:

Old Meadows Organic Farm
4213 Gordon Drive
Kelowna, BC

Plan your visit to Old Meadows Organic Farm here.
Open June 15-Oct 15
Monday to  Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm
www.oldmeadowsorganics.com
Old Meadows Organic Farm on Instagram

We also visited Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan Inc.

Carmelis Goat Farm Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you find yourself in Kelowna, you should definitely take the time to visit this family dairy specialising in rich, complex and refined goat cheeses that do full justice to the high quality of their goats’ milk and the art of cheese making.  Owners Ofri and Ofer Barmor of Carmelis offer beautiful handcrafted goat cheeses and goats’ milk gelato (oh yes!).

Carmelis goat cheese on eatlivetravelwrite.com Carmelis goat cheese from Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comMaking regular appearances on the menus of top Kelowna restaurants, Carmelis is a recognized name in BC’s food community – Ofri recently joined the ranks of BC’s top 40 foodies under 40 (Western Living Magazine 2008).

Goats at Carmelis Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe goats on the farm are treated with care and respect, enjoying excellent living conditions and natural food (that includes a variety of grains and alfalfa, free of hormones or additives) which means the milk produced meets the highest possible standards. This has a direct effect on the quality of the cheese; their unique approach is based on a true passion for cheese making, and as a result, every cheese is a work of art. You can read all about the production of goat cheese at Carmelis here.

Goat at Carmelis on eatlivetravelwrite.comOh and about that gelato

Goat gelato at Carmelis on eatlivetravelwrite.comSalted caramel goat gelato on eatlivetravelwrite.comTwo words: Salted Caramel. This alone was worth the trip to Carmelis. Oh and the cheese? Superb. Read about the entire range of cheese available at Carmelis here.

Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan Inc
170 Timberline Road
Kelowna, BC
www.carmelisgoatcheese.com
@GoatCheeseFarm

Our last farm stop was to visit the honey bees at Arlo’s Honey Farm.

Arlos Honey Farm Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comNestled in the beautiful hills of South East Kelowna, Arlo’s Honey Farm is “where the dance of the honey bees orchestrates the pollination of flowers, fruits, berries and vegetables while creating award winning honey”. Beekeeper Helen Kennedy and her husband Rick also run a 14-acre farm. We were lucky enough to have Helen explain the basics of bee-keeping (although it’s definitely not “basic” – it’s quite the production!)

Checking out bee hives at Arlos Honey Farm on eatlivetravelwrite.comArlo’s offers award winning honey, but also pollen, bees wax, propolis, fresh fruit, berries and vegetables in season.  You can tour the farm (by appointment) where you will learn everything you wanted to know about bees!  Did you know that in its lifetime, a worker bee will only create 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey? One twelfth, of a teaspoon – that’s right!

We even got to taste honey straight from the hives directly off the frame. Amazing!

Tasting honey straight from the hives at Arlos Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you are even a tiny bit interested in honey and how it’s made, you definitely need to book a tour of the farm. 

Beeswax at Arlos on eatlivetravelwrite.comHoney at Arlos Kelowna on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Arlo’s Honey Farm
4329 Bedford Lane, Kelowna
P: 250.764.2883
E: info@arloshoneyfarm.com

Open May 14th to September 17th 11am to 4pm
Closed Sundays
Open Long Weekends
July and August — Open 7 days per week
* Tours are be by appointment.

www.arloshoneyfarm.com
@ArlosHoneyFarm

Check out the Orchards, gardens and markets in Kelowna on the Tourism Kelowna site.
Check out Tourism Kelowna’s Farm to Table page – take a farm tour then experience how local chefs turn fresh, local products into delicious meals at one of the many Farm to Table Restaurants.

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Tourism Kelowna and my transportation, accommodation and all meals were covered. I am not being further compensated for writing about my experiences and all opinions are 100% my own. Neither Tourism Kelowna nor the businesses mentioned reviewed this post before publication.

www.tourismkelowna.com
1 800 663 4345
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Tourism Kelowna Facebook page

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17 Responses to On the farm in Kelowna (British Columbia)

  1. Mr. Neil June 17, 2014 at 08:50 #

    I must say, the salted caramel goat’s cheese gelato is sounding rather scrumptious…

  2. Coco in the Kitchen June 17, 2014 at 15:14 #

    Looks like a lovely day-trip. Goats are so sweet with their big floppy ears. I love chevre. Now I’m thinking about buying goat milk and making gelato. Thanks, Mardi.

  3. Peggy Gilbey McMackin June 17, 2014 at 16:27 #

    Wow, this looks like such a lovely place with so many interesting things transpiring all around. Really enjoyed your comprehensive story. Salted Caramel. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mardi Michels July 8, 2014 at 01:42 #

      There is definitely no shortage of things to do in Kelowna!

  4. Simone June 17, 2014 at 17:23 #

    Oooo I was impressed with the first farm but then I laid eyes on that goat farm! And I fell in love… I love goats and I love all the things that are made from goats milk so that would have been a real treat to go there… Although that honey comes in a close second,

  5. Tami June 17, 2014 at 22:20 #

    Thanks for sharing Mardi…..particularly the honey farm. After checking out their website, sure gives me some ideas for my bee hives with the different flavoured honey on offer. Guess it will just have to wait for Spring now when we (well Peter – I’m allergic to bees) can raid the hives again for more yummy honey.

    Not quite sure I would have been allowed to have hives though if it meant building a bear compound!!!

  6. Sally - My Custard Pie June 18, 2014 at 05:58 #

    Just my kind of trip – I’d adore a visit to that cheese shop.

  7. Paula June 20, 2014 at 12:17 #

    Beautiful area and you captured it lovely in this post. The idea of different flavoured honey sounds so appealing and don’t get me started on the cheese :)

    • Mardi Michels July 8, 2014 at 01:40 #

      There’s just too much choice for tasty treats here!

  8. Shoshanna June 23, 2014 at 12:49 #

    We frequently visit family in kelowna and missed these neat places. Will have to check out the goat milk gelato (peanut free, best of all)! Thanks for sharing these hidden gems. :)

    • Mardi Michels July 8, 2014 at 01:40 #

      Oh that’s so cool there are places here you haven’t visited!

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