Hello 2018! A recap of 2017 at the farm…

What an amazing season it has been at the farm! We wanted to take the opportunity to recap some of the developments and news of the 2017 season, as we look forward to a strong finish and start planning for 2018. Of course this will happen during a much needed hibernation until mid -February. Family. Truly we are all a bit perplexed at where this year has gone, and in talking with many of our winery and return clients, it seems that we share in the feeling that 2017 went by faster than any year past. Truly, having a little one around speeds things up a bit, and as Ainsley is now 3 years old, I have been so fortunate to share in all the little milestones much closer than many in the culinary industry. Indeed this is the career I chose at a very young age, but as we strategize for next year, I recognize how unbelievable it is that I get to work, farm and live at “home”. Mikkel and I really don’t want for anything, other than a couple extra hours in the day(don’t we all..), but we are thrilled to share that we will be growing our family by 1 more in March, such a wonderful way to kick spring off for sure. We figured we should increase our future farm labour pool before time gets the best of us, and we still have the energy to chase our little ones around..Truly, having Ainsley has brought a whole new insight into what “success” means, and perhaps a bit more incentive to seek balance in life...

Ambrosia Apple Recipe Contest!

The Ambrosia apple is no ordinary apple. Aptly named after the mythical “food of the gods”, this stunning apple, born from a chance seedling, is a delight for all the senses. When you first set eyes on the Ambrosia apple, you will be drawn to its glossy, bi-coloured good looks. It has an attractive conical shape and smooth, flawless skin with a bright, almost fluorescent pink blush over a creamy-yellow background. As you draw closer, you will become aware of its distinct perfumed aroma. Then, as you bite into the Ambrosia apple’s tender, juicy flesh with its fine crisp texture, the apple’s honeyed flavour will saturate your taste buds, leaving you refreshed and satisfied. Little wonder that this sweet, low-acid apple consistently rates at the top in taste-tests and sensory panels, and is a hit with both children and adults alike. The new variety of apple was named Ambrosia, which in Greek mythology means food of the gods. The Ambrosia apple was registered in 1993 and over the past 20 years, it has grown in popularity and is now available for purchase worldwide. Ambrosia is a low-acid apple, which makes it easier for kids and older people to digest, it is slow to brown and is great in salads, baking and main dishes. We had the pleasure of contributing a recipe video representing beautiful, locally grown Ambrosia apples. What may be better than that? Well what is better is the opportunity for you to vote on our recipe to possibly be the Ambrosia Apple Chef of the year! In addition to this, you will be entered into the contest,...

Happy New Year From Backyard Farm!

Well, we are getting ready for our last private chef’s table booking of 2016, and wanted to wish everyone a fantastic end to 2016! Our passion project has certainly exceeded our expectations yet again for the 3rd season of operation. An overwhelming amount of our clients this past season were return guests, and we certainly feel incredibly grateful for the support! We also had many opportunities to share our story with media tours and publications, leading to some amazing article inclusions representing much of the talent and visionaries in the regional wine and culinary industries. You can find a few of these articles posted earlier this year in our News Forum….. 2016 has seen Kyle “the chosen one” finish his apprenticeship and obtain his Red Seal Certification in the Cook trade. No question his dedication, dependability and love of the craft is a huge component of our continued success, and I certainly look forward to watching him grow as a young up and coming talent in our industry. We are very proud of him, and all of our clients unquestionably see how happy he is to be in the kitchen! As the very first Apprentice at Backyard Farm, it will be challenging to mentor another apprentice as invested in our dream as Kyle is…This said, looking toward 2017, I am on the hunt for our next apprentice to carry on the mentorship piece at the farm, and hoping to find the right candidate to fit within our modest team. Any interested candidates can contact me to discuss this opportunity further, and please pass along this opportunity to anyone you may feel would...

New Article in The Star, and Real Food Traveller!

Grape harvest is in full swing, and much like the rest of the growing season, it is a few weeks earlier than usual. As our wine making friends are excitedly crushing the vines’ fruits of labour, I have the pleasure to share a wonderful article in The Star, in addition to Real Food Traveller, both from earlier media tours from our very busy season. I am humbled by the beautifully written acknowledgement of our efforts here at Backyard Farm, and yet again we are included with but a few of the dedicated farmers and wine producers in our fantastic food and wine region. The article in Real Food Traveller has an inclusion of a few chosen recipes from Yvettes’ experience with us… I also wanted to note the rather fetching photo of young Kyle, also know as “the chosen one”, and Youngblood-the very first apprentice of Backyard Farm, though not to be the last…….looking for the next apprentice for the farm starting next late spring, so Kyle can pass along the knowledge he has acquired and we can continue and elevate our culinary experiences for all of our clients and winery partners…. Thanks you very much for the words of encouragement Lauren Miller and Yvette Cardozo, as well as the photos. Articles such as these inspire our intimate team to continue striving to elevate our culinary experiences in our beautiful region. Follow the link below to read these wonderful articles, sharing our passion for our craft, and dedication to quality. https://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2016/09/17/okanagan-valleys-magic-comes-from-simple-soulful-food-and-wine-culture.html .http://www.realfoodtraveler.com/2016/09/okanagan-bike-wine/...

The Vancouver Sun: Splendour in the Valley…

What an unbelievable summer thus far….2 weeks ago, I was a bit too busy picking cherries to post this great article, courtesy of Lucy Hyslop and found in the Vancouver Sun on July 2nd. Lucy joined us on a recent media tour to experience the “half corked marathon”, one of the most popular Wine country events every year. This year, 800-1000 people attended the marathon for wine and good times in the sunshine. Kyle and I had the opportunity to cook for this intimate group, and our efforts were recognized in this fantastic article showcasing our region. In addition to this media dinner, we partnered with Road 13 winery to provide a BBQ lunch, and we were found at Church and State providing a Backyard Farm Energy Bar for the participants. What a great weekend, and we are humbled that Lucy chose to write about us in this article in the travel section, along with some great industry peers and colleagues in our region. Follow the link below to check out the article! http://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-vancouver-sun/20160702/281496455600144  ...

New Article: Eat Drink and Explore the South Okanagan…

  Another fantastic article written from a recent media visit to the South Okanagan. What a privilege to have our story shared, and yet again in great company with so many opportunities and places to enjoy what Oliver and Osoyoos has to offer! Thought I should share this lovely photo of my beautiful, supportive and hard working wife, Mikkel. I always enjoy having her represent the service aspect when she can….Honestly, we are just living our dream, and we are thrilled when our passion and dedication to providing a quality culinary experience is recognized. Thank you very much for our inclusion Twyla Campbell, and writing a fantastic article showcasing many of the destinations, people and places that draw our guests to our beautiful region. We look forward to our next culinary encounter! Check out the link below!...