Judie Steeves

Dress for the rain today

Storms today to give way to sun Sunday

A severe thunderstorm watch by Environment Canada isn't forecast to last long before the weather turns back to summer.

Dress for the rain today
Coronation Grape Moroccan Chicken

from Jude’s Kitchen: blue grapes

Those tasty morsels are now available from local vineyards and they're a great addition to lots of favourite dishes.

Coronation Grape Moroccan Chicken
Former B.C. Fruit Growers' Association president Joe Sardinha dies.

Former BCFGA president dies suddenly

Joe Sardinha, former president of the fruit growers' association, is dead at 52.

Former B.C. Fruit Growers' Association president Joe Sardinha dies.
Black bears in the wild.

Steeves/Trail Mix: You can prevent bear conflicts

September is normally when conflicts with bears in the Okanagan soar as the bruins bulk up for hibernation.

Black bears in the wild.

Ag minister tours hail-torn orchards

Too early to assess damage says provincial agriculture minister after touring a number of orchards hard-hit by an August hailstorm.

chunky cheese bread

from Jude’s Kitchen: lunches anyone?

With next week's return to classes for many families, it's time once again to think about what to put in the lunch bag.

chunky cheese bread
A cat-face orb weaver spider spins its web in a Kelowna backyard.

Steeves/Trail Mix: ID those wild critters

Whether it's a spider in your backyard, a bird on a hike, or a four-legged critter beside the road, it's fun to be able to identify it.

A cat-face orb weaver spider spins its web in a Kelowna backyard.

Losses estimated at $32 million to cherries

A short crop of cherries due to frost and cool weather during spring blossom time has cost the Okanagan cherry industry millions of dollars.

spud and spinach casserole

from Jude’s Kitchen: Simple Greens

As the wealth of the local harvest of fruits and vegetables continues to roll in, enjoy the best in simple recipes and eat your greens.

spud and spinach casserole
Tattered leaves and bruised fruit are all that Southeast Kelowna orchardist Kamaljeet Jaswal has left after an intense hailstorm ripped through his orchard Monday evening

Orchardists face crop damage losses in the millions

A hailstorm on Monday left behind a trail of devastation in Southeast Kelowna orchards, vineyards and crop fields.

Tattered leaves and bruised fruit are all that Southeast Kelowna orchardist Kamaljeet Jaswal has left after an intense hailstorm ripped through his orchard Monday evening
Georges' Salad

from Jude’s Kitchen: Flavours of Aleppo

With fresh ripe tomatoes now available locally, think salads to gorge yourself on their fabulous flavour while they're in season.

Georges' Salad
Buta Ghuman mourns the loss of his entire crop of Coronation table grapes

Crops devastated by hail

A variety of crops were totally ruined in Monday evening's intense hailstorm in the Southeast Kelowna area.

Buta Ghuman mourns the loss of his entire crop of Coronation table grapes
Western Yellow Jacket

Steeves/Trail Mix: Insects having a good year

If you've been on a picnic or to a barbecue, you'll have noticed that this has been a good year for many insects.

Western Yellow Jacket
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Steeves/Trail Mix: Prepare for severe summer weather

It's not all sunshine and roses as far as summer weather is concerned—there's also severe weather than can be fatal.

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Calona Vineyards winemaker Sandy Leier (right) received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence from B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon (left) at the pioneer Kelowna  winery

Kelowna winery wins top award

A Calona Vineyards wine made by Sandy Leier has received a Lieutenant Governor's award for excellence—the only local wine this year.

Calona Vineyards winemaker Sandy Leier (right) received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence from B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon (left) at the pioneer Kelowna  winery
Soda Can Chicken

from Jude’s Kitchen: patio flavours

As we prepare for the middle of summer long weekend, consider offering your guests some local fare, cooked and served al fresco.

Soda Can Chicken
It took very aggressive behaviour to convince these two bucks to vacate my garden this week

Steeves/Trail Mix: Bambi can be aggressive, even lethal

Beware of urban deer who become reluctant to be 'Shooed' out of your garden.

It took very aggressive behaviour to convince these two bucks to vacate my garden this week
B.C. Beef Day kabobs

from Jude’s Kitchen: Wednesday is B.C. Beef Day

Celebrate B.C. Beef Day by supporting our neighbourhood farmers and purchasing B.C. beef.

B.C. Beef Day kabobs
From some of the trails in Rose Valley Regional Park you can look waaaay down on the reservoir below

Steeves/Trail Mix: Thanks to those with the foresight to create parks

As we prepare to celebrate Canada Parks Day Saturday, let's take stock of our Okanagan parks, and give thanks for them.

From some of the trails in Rose Valley Regional Park you can look waaaay down on the reservoir below

Fruit Growers re-directing breeding rights company

As part of a streamlining of operations for economic reasons, fruit growers make changes to the plant breeding rights organization they own.