Summer Booking Availability Update

2016 has been like a bowl full of delicious cherries thus far! This said, these beauties are the best we have grown at Backyard Farm, picked yesterday…… What an amazing season for us at Backyard Farm this year! The season has started with pre-bookings exceeding our expectations thus far…I wanted to share our limited summer availability with all those interested in joining us this summer season. Currently we have a few choice dates available this summer, and it would be great to have them filled! If you are interested in one of these dates, please contact us directly to discuss further details. All menus will be developed using the highest quality ingredients from our 2 acre slice of heaven, and from our organic farming partners. In addition, all seafood and meats are sourced with sustainability, ethical farming practice and raised without any antibiotics or hormones, and tailored specifically to each client. I will also include wine varietal suggestions for pairing each course of the menu. Dates available for a private culinary demonstration or workshops are: July 2, 13, 30, 31 August 26,27,28,31 September 18,30 October-We have many dates available currently, please visit the Calendar page to view availability. Our Pricing Guidelines and Fine Print will be forwarded upon request. Road 13 Winery Dinner Series Events-*Seating is limited to 40 guests, and sell quickly for dinner series events. July 15, July 21-Culinary Workshop at Backyard Farm, July 29th-Anniversary Dinner August 12, August 25th-Culinary Workshop at Backyard Farm October 5th, November 5th Hester Creek Winery Cooking Class-*Limited to 14 seats per class July 7, September 15th, November 18th Maverick Estate Winery Fall Release Winemaker’s Dinners-*Limited to...

New Article on Vacay.Ca!

Follow the link below, for a story courtesy of Adrian Brijbassi, from a recent media tour. Thanks very much Adrian for capturing our story! http://vacay.ca/2016/06/backyard-farms-visionary-human-touch/ http://vacay.ca/2016/06/backyard-farms-visionary-human-touch/  ...

Congratulations Kyle!

I am such a proud mentor! Today it is official! It has been an amazing year and a half mentoring Kyle, aka. “the chosen one”…..In September of 2014, we began working together, and he was enrolled in his second year of culinary apprenticeship classes. Since then, he has been a huge part in the swift success of our business, and his abilities have taken leaps and bounds since the beginning. As the pictures show, he is always happy in the kitchen-in fact, I am fairly certain I have yet to see him on a day without a smile….. I have been incredibly fortunate for the mentors who have shared knowledge with me over the last 20 years. The evolution of our industry is based on this, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this tradition of sharing experiences in the Backyard Farm kitchen with Kyle. When I took the leap on my own 4 years ago, I was looking to develop a career lifestyle of balance,  and future for my family. Two years in the kitchen alone, I certainly felt I was missing something. I was creating the opportunity for quality culinary experiences for our clients, with ever-changing menus based on what I “felt” like cooking on any given day. I developed my business to allow my creativity to be priority, and found that I was missing that certain person to share in the excitement.  In September of 2014, as luck would have it, a young Kyle showed up on the door, referred to me by his best friend. Prior to our meeting, I had asked...

Upcoming Event! Culmina Family Estate Winery Spring Release Dinner

We are thrilled to partner with the talent and passion behind the beautiful wines of Culmina Family Estate Winery! Join us at the winery for a multi-course menu featuring new wine releases paired with seasonal ingredients from our farm, as well as dedicated local farmers and producers.  It is always a pleasure to represent this outstanding portfolio of terroir driven wines,  through our culinary vision….. Visit the link below for further details, or to acquire one of the last remaining seats for this intimate evening sharing our love of food and wine culture. Join us this upcoming Saturday, May 21st at 6pm....

Upcoming Event! Ella Release Brunch May 14&15….

For all our clients excited in partaking in a public ticketed sale brunch, have we got one you shouldn’t miss…. May 14 and 15, enjoy a reception at Maverick Estate Winery, followed by a multi-course brunch at Backyard Farm Chef’s Table. Representing the release of “Ella”, Winemaker and proprietor Bertus Albertyn’s fantastic Sparkling! Tickets include shuttle services from Oliver and Osoyoos. The menu will showcase the spring bounty from the farm, as well as our local farmers and suppliers. Handcrafted pastries, a savoury main course and bubbles for brunch, what more could you ask for? Tickets are limited to 20 each day, and can be purchased through the winery. We look forward to paying tribute to this lovely bubbly, come join us to celebrate this wonderful spring! Follow the link below for tickets and further details. We look forward to cooking for you! http://www.maverickwine.ca/events/...

Orchard and Vine Article-Spring 2016.

What a wonderful spring it has been thus far….The blossoms and bees are out, a testament to delightful things to come on the farm. Our modest team has been hard at work getting the farm ready for the upcoming busy season, pruning, prepping and chipping. Indeed it is a labour of love, the hard work leading towards the excitement of another harvest of organic fruit from our 2 acre paradise. In addition, we have a wealth of public winery events and private bookings  we are really looking forward to sharing with our dedicated fellow food lovers. Most anticipated is the arrival of our very own flock of heritage chickens, the chicks are due to arrive in the next couple of days, and I must say we are incredibly excited to welcome and raise these heritage birds on the farm. They too, will be hard at work in the orchard, enjoying foraging under the trees for bugs and helping with natural fertilizing.  They will be a daily presence in their moveable “pen”, and sent to bed in the chicken coop recently finished, just starting a self watering system to keep things fresh and plentiful during our hot summer season. I will post photos shortly following their arrival…. As spring gives way to the beginning of another beautiful  culinary and wine tourism season, a few publications have helped showcase our Backyard Farm dream. One of which, I received in the mail today, from Orchard and Vine Magazine. The spring issue includes an article written by Dona Sturmanis, a  well known, respected and talented writer for many local publications. Her passion paired with talent and ability are very well...