Trevor and Debbie Evans have been farming organically in the Similkameen Valley since 1978. One of the founding organic farming families in the area, Trevor recalls a time when his conventional neighbours laughed at the idea of growing without chemicals and pesticides. “They called us bug growers instead of farmers,” he explains. Now, the Similkameen Valley is considered the organic growing capital of Canada, being home to more organic farmers than any other area of the country. After more than a decade running a farmer run co-op packing house, two years ago Trevor and Debbie decided to step back from the co-op to focus on their own Sundance Farms. Though tomatoes were their first love, Trevor and Debbie began growing treefruits in the early 1980’s and now cultivate thirteen varieties of apples, six types of pears as well as Apricots and Peaches. From his days organizing the co-op and helping found SOOPA, one of BC’s organic certifiers, to mentoring the folks who work the farm with him, on the farm, Trevor and Debbie and their family are committed to fostering organics in their home province.
Gala apples are always a crowd pleaser. Their dense flesh is creamy yellow and crisp, offering a mildly sweet flavour and flora aroma. Gala’s that are allowed to reach the peak of their sweetness on the tree will have a deeper red hue and a slightly sweeter flavour.
When you think of a pear, it is probably a Bartlett pear. Bartlett pears have that quintessential pear flavour, to cure your fruit hunger! </br></br>When you think of a pear, it is probably a Bartlett pear. Bartlett pears have that quintessential pear flavour, to cure your fruit hunger! </br></br> Bartlett Pears are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Vitamin C, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre.
Despite having a texture similar to that of apples, Asian pears closely resemble other pear varieties in their nutritional profile. These fruits are high in fiber, low in calories and contain a number of micronutrients that are important for blood, bone and cardiovascular health. Although delicious on their own, the light sweetness and crispy texture of Asian pears makes them a unique addition to any salad or stir fry.
Balance of juicy and sweet flavors combine with floral undertones to make this summer pear a real treat </br></br>Starkrimson pears are excellent for fresh eating and salads; pair well with strong cheese like blue or goat