Farm tours promote eating locally

The Armstrong Food Initiative Society hosts a Food and Farm Celebration Tour Saturday

People have a chance Saturday to see why farming comes first in Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

The Armstrong Food Initiative Society hosts a Food and Farm Celebration Tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants start with a map which they can pick up at the Armstrong Community Garden (behind the red caboose in Armstrong).

“Participants then choose which farms, food facilities or events to visit,” said AFIS spokesperson Lisa Scott. “This is a chance for residents and visitors to see where our local food comes from.”

Confirmed venues for the tour include Armstrong Community Garden (to pick up maps), Chocoliro Finest Chocolates, Maw’s Orchard (but only open after 1:30 that day), Pilgrim’s Produce, Village Cheese, Roger’s Foods and the Pumpkin Patch.

The tours also coincide with events being held for Spallumcheen’s Heritage Weekend, a continuation of 120th birthday celebrations.

Hullcar Hall hosts an old-time breakfast with old-time prices ($1.50) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The North Okanagan Ploughing Match runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Rashdale Road (follow the signs on Lansdowne Road).

For more information on AFIS or this event, the public can e-mail lisa.sterritt@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page. New members are always welcome.