Schell: So much happening at Covert Farms

Locavorian superheroes in the world of organic living, the Covert family continues to lead through sustainable, organic farming practices providing our community with the very best food and wine—the real, old-fashioned way.

  • Apr. 29, 2011 11:00 a.m.
Gene and Shelly Covert (left) with winemaker Kirby Froese and his wife Crystal Froese in the Covert Farm’s wineshop.

Gene and Shelly Covert (left) with winemaker Kirby Froese and his wife Crystal Froese in the Covert Farm’s wineshop.

Locavorian superheroes in the world of organic living, the Covert family continues to lead through sustainable, organic farming practices providing our community with the very best food and wine—the real, old-fashioned way.

This amazing organic farm currently offers a market, restaurant, winery, u-pick options with much more in the works this year like an organic delivery service and a new corn maze.

Winners of the 2010 BC Outstanding Young Farmer Award, the Coverts are now spreading their seeds of knowledge to the next generation.  Being parents to young children, proprietors Gene and Shelly Covert take the future of our planet very seriously and strive to build a better, healthier world for us all.

This year, they will be offering two amazing kids summer organic camps. Working with David Friend from Victoria (also known as Mr. Organic), David has been running his Growing Young Farmers programs working with the university on the island. The full-day camps will be one week in length and will offer children a true hands-on farming experience.  These lucky kids will learn how to grow food organically; will be educated on the importance of growing your own food and also learn how to set up their own backyard garden.

For more information and to sign up your future gardener, go to: www.covertfarms.ca. For more information on David Friend, visit www.friendlyorganics.ca.

This June residents from Osoyoos to Summerland can sign up for Covert Farms’ new weekly basket delivery.

Loaded with the season’s best organic fruit and veggies and delivered to your door, their online shopping site will also feature “add-ons” to your order—like meats and cheeses from partnering artisans, organic egg producers and wine too.

Planning to continue deliveries for most of the year, in the off-season participants can enjoy frozen, dried and canned products.

Go to covertfarms.ca for more information and to sign up.

Guests of the farm’s fabulous organic market restaurant will now be able to order up a glass of their Dunham & Froese wine to enjoy while gazing across their rolling farmland.  Made with 100% organic Covert estate grown grapes, their wines continue to win acclaim for their purity and fantastic blends. www.dunhamfroese.ca

Make sure to sign up for Dunham & Froese’s new wine club.  With tons of benefits attached, like receiving first access to newly released wines, discounts, as well as first access to their coveted library wines, membership is a must.

New members will also receive a Covert Farms $20 gift certificate. Watch for news of the new bubbles in the future—D&H have a sparkling wine in the works.

The farm and winery are also excited about becoming involved with the Meadow Lark Festival this year. This amazing festival, in its 13th year, celebrates the natural beauty of the environment in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Plans are to incorporate a wine tasting with a hike up McIntyre Bluff—the amazing backdrop mountain at Covert Farms. www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca

More fun to come: Mark down Aug. 20 to 21 for an incredible two-day event on the farm: The Covert Organics Festival of the Family.

With live music including main act Five Alarm Funk, this is going to be rollicking fun weekend.

To make it over the top fun, plan to camp on the farm overnight.  There will be outdoor showers and facilities available and a pancake breakfast in the morning.

Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.

jennschell@shaw.ca

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