The Okanagan is an oasis of opportunities, with the most hours of sun out of any city in BC and with the mild winters, there are tons of outdoor options for activities. One of such activies you might not even have thought about is heading to a local fruit orchard. Not only can you help support your local farmers (some of whom purchased land for sale years ago for the orchards still going today), but also get some excellent produce that is perfect for munching on, including jams, preserves, and more. Many of these places aren’t always advertised, so we’ve collected some of the main ones you should keep an eye on year round to get the best fruit.
Paynters Fruit Market
Probably one of the biggest in West Kelowna, Paynters offers a wide selection of fruit on their local farm. Enjoy ripe cherries and apricots in mid-July, peaches from mid-July to late August, Plums from August to September, Pears from late August to September, and Apples in October. They are also members of the Westside Farm Loop and the Farm To Table Experience, a group of local businesses that use farm-fresh, locally grown food in dishes and food. The farm has been around for over sixty years and sustainable living has always been at the heart of their work.
Kuipers Family Fruit Farm
Also a long-time farm of the Okanagan, Kuipers Family Farm started way back in the 1920s. Another big farm, their orchards grow excellent cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, apples, and prunes to enjoy throughout the summer and fall. One of the pillars of their farming techniques is avoiding high-density fruit-growing in favour of less harsh growing methods and drastically lower pesticide use.
Another staple farm of the Westside Farm Loop, Cherrywood Farm offers some excellent local pickings. Their main specialty is cherries, but they also have raspberry bushes to be picked clean as well. Family owned and operated, it’s mainly a hobby farm, but that doesn’t mean their fruit and berries are any less delicious. A great place to stop by on the weekend to get some Okanagan produce.