April 2021 North Shuswap Kicker and South Shuswap Scoop Article
We just love this time of the year because of so many reasons including longer days, less snow, Easter treats but mostly because spring means so many new beginnings especially for our farmers.
We are extremely fortunate here in the Shuswap to have so many wonderful local farmers who work tirelessly to grow us all kinds of delicious fruit and vegetables, meats and cheeses, eggs and brews. At the moment our social feed is filled with delightful photos of baby chicks, pigs and calves as well as greenhouse buds and it is all getting ready for Farmer’s Market Season!
Sustainable and healthy practices are rooted in our farmers DNA and many of them have achieved accreditation that helps to tell us their story and what we can expect from their food. Keenan Family Farms is one example, a young family with 5 children who traded their busy city life and successful careers to seek out a more fulfilling, self-sustainable life in the country. Their primary business is pork with a side of laying chickens. Their farm is Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW which is the only label that guarantees animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives on an independent farm using truly sustainable, high-welfare farming practices. We are regular customers, and we love them!
We recently “spotted” Spotted Moose Farm preparing their fields for early greens and we can’t wait for those first sweet, tasty shoots. Another young family who decided to move back to the land out of a shared desire to provide themselves, their family, and their communities with natural foods and medicines, Spotted Moose is also one of Chef Whittaker’s “go to” farms when searching fresh local product for his menu at Jack Sam’s Restaurant at Quaaout Lodge. “Grown simply with sunshine soil, water and love”, lucky North Shuswap residents can sign up for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) weekly subscription service. The rest of us can find them at farmers markets or their farm store.
You many not yet have heard of Reverent Acres but take one look at their Instagram feed and you’ll fall in love with their photogenic water buffalo. Yet again, a young urban transplanted family, Reverent Acres grow premium BC water buffalo which is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. It is packed with protein, iron, omega 3, vitamin B12 and is high in zinc, which is important in increasing white blood cells to fight off infections. Reverent Acres cares deeply about the product they raise so much so they named their farm to symbolize a reminder and acknowledgement of the gifts they have been given. You’ll find Reverent Acres at the Salmon Arm Farmer’s market.
These are just three of the many amazing local farmers that call Shuswap their home. What is common among every single farmer we have met is that they each grow with passion for the land and for the quality of product they produce. Please continue to support your local farmer and keep your eye out for baby animals!