Schell: Harkers our top young farmers

February is the month when we catch a whiff of what lies ahead and begin to dream of warmer days.

Spring is in the air.

February is the month when we catch a whiff of what lies ahead and begin to dream of warmer days, spring flowers and (arguably) the best side of the life Okanagan.

In celebration of these happy thoughts, February also brings us a day to celebrate love—in all its forms. For instance, chocolate love.

The Westside Wine Trail has planned their second annual Sip with Your Sweetheart event, in celebration of Valentine’s Day and decadent chocolate and wine pairings carefully crafted by local chefs, bakers and sommeliers. Participating wineries will be treating guests with complimentary wine and chocolate tastings from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to start at either end of the trail, either on Glencoe or Boucherie roads, to pick up a copy of the route to enjoy all of the participating wineries which include: Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Meadow Vista Honey Wines, Mission Hill Family Estate, Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery, Quails’ Gate Winery, Rollingdale Winery and Volcanic Hills Estate Winery.


There are a few ways to wow your sweetheart with soulful tunes this month. Spend an evening with our fabulous local songstress, Anna Jacyszyn at her monthly Jazz Café coming up Feb. 17.

This event includes special guests from Toronto, The Elizabeth Shepherd Trio.

Or, if you fancy a day event, pop into The Train Station Pub for brunch on Feb. 10 (then March 10 and 24) to listen to Anna and her talented trio including Neville Bowman and Bernie Addington from noon to 3 p.m.

What a civilized way to spend a Sunday—sipping a Bloody Mary and sharing Eggs Benny with friends all to the tune of live jazz.

Email or call 250-763-6141 to secure your space for Jazz Cafe.


Wow your sweetheart with a romantic wine-paired dinner whilst being serenaded by local musician Ari Neufeld at beautiful Hester Creek Winery. $95 includes a beautiful Tuscan-style dinner prepared by chef de cuisine Natasha Schooten of Terrafina Restaurant with wine pairings plus entertainment.

Reception is at 6:30 with dinner at 7 p.m. Call 250-498-4435 to book a night of romance in wine country. (Make it even more special by booking a room at their luxurious villa above the winery.)


A huge congratulations to organic farming super heroes Sara and Troy Harker from Harker’s Organics in Cawston who have been named B.C.’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2013. Troy and Sara represent the fifth generation on the Harker family farm located in the beautiful Similkameen Valley where Troy’s great-great grandparents settled in the mid-1800s.

Sara is also from a local farming family and grew up in Oliver where her grandparents immigrated from Hungary in 1956.

“On behalf of myself, Troy and the entire Team at Harker’s Organics and Rustic Roots Winery, we are very excited and honoured to have received this award,” said Sara. “We are elated to be representing our province and competing at the national competition in the fall. It is our goal to showcase our region and our passion for sustainable, organic, family farming. We want to show the rest of the country how our region has created a sustainable, secure food system, and how that can be modelled in other areas.”

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