Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’m lucky enough to live in a community which has a local fruit packing house which means I have access to all sorts of tree fruits, year-round! 

If y’all are travelling south on highway 97 from Penticton to Oliver, or if you’re heading north from Osoyoos you will see this sign.  If you are driving north from Osoyoos it is approximately 3 km out of town, this sign pointing you off of the highway right upon a really sharp corner – keep your eyes peeled!

What is a tree fruit packing house? 

It’s where many orchardists bring their fresh fruit to be washed, sorted (graded) and packed to be sent to stores locally and much much further away!  You may notice that when you buy fruit in grocery stores they are a uniform size (generally a comfortable size to hold in your hand) and they are unblemished. 

So this part of the Osoyoos BC Tree Fruits Packing House offers you the opportunity to enjoy the not-completely-perfect apples (or pears or cherries or plums or… whatever is in season)  – meaning your apple might be HUGE or it may have a little bump on it.  But its all perfectly good for eating, and the prices are very reasonable, making it a favorite place for visitors to stop in and stock up for their trip home.

But I had a lovely surprise this afternoon when I stopped in to buy Mr Miles some really firm green pears, because the facility got a face-lift and entire new section added!

I’m now able to buy an assortment of fresh veggies (and I mean FRESH!)

Condiments and sauces.

Local Honey.  Apple Juice too!

And coffee! 

Besides all of this, you’ll enjoy the friendly and efficient service when you weigh-up your purchases.  I hope if you’re passing through our beautiful Okanagan Valley you’ll stop in and treat yourself!

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