Region’s farms celebrated with self-guided tours

Armstrong Food Initiative Society will celebrate the wealth of local producers Saturday

Armstrong Food Initiative Society will celebrate the wealth of local producers Saturday.

Coinciding with the Township of Spallumcheen’s 120th Heritage Weekend, AFIS is hosting a Food and Farm Celebration Tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“For this event, participants start with a map which they can pick up at the Armstrong Community Garden (behind the red caboose in Armstrong),” said AFIS spokesperson Lisa Scott.

“Participants then choose which farms, food facilities or events to visit.

“This is a chance for residents and visitors to see where our local food comes from and see how farming comes first in Armstrong-Spallumcheen.”

Among the farms slated to take part in the tour are the Armstrong Community Garden, Village Cheese, Chocoliro Finest Chocolates, Armstrong Farmers’ Market, Maw’s Orchards, The Tree Farm, Pilgrim’s Produce, Roger’s Foods and the Pumpkin Patch.

The tour will also include stops at Hullcar Hall, which is hosting a 120th birthday old-time breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at an old-fashioned price of $1.50, and at the North Okanagan Ploughing Match, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Rashdale Road (follow the signs on Lansdowne Road).

Each stop is free and tours are self-guided, though all farms are aware the public will be stopping by.

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

AFIS is a not-for profit group that is interested in the North Okanagan’s food security and strive to promote local food growers and processors.

In addition to the Food & Farm Celebration Series AFIS hosts two community gardens in Armstrong, facilitatesits Food Exchange Program and Gleaning Program and offer an almost-monthly Speakers Series.