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BC Government lays out plan for devastated fruit, food producers

The BC Government can't say how much, if any money will be set aside specifically for fruit growers that sustained heavy losses for the third year in a row, but it's going to help them prepare for more wild changes in weather in the future.

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Fruit growers face tough decisions on foreign labour after losses

The Okanagan fruit industry is heavily dependent on thousands of temporary foreign workers in order to get the crop growing properly and harvested.

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Dreaming of summer peaches? Some gardening tips for growing a peach tree in many climates

I planted my first peach tree last June, five months before Pantone named Peach Fuzz the 2024 color of the year. How serendipitous!

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Kelowna's Olympia Greek Taverna rises from the ashes today

One of Kelowna's favourite restaurants, Olympia Greek Taverna, is set to reopen for takeout and delivery orders today.

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Penticton chamber asks for more thought on travel bans ahead of wildfire season

Businesses in Penticton are asking the provincial government to avoid economic hardship caused by unnecessary travel bans this wildfire season.

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Innovative bottle design saves tons of glass a year at Summerland winery

With carbon footprints and organic produce being at the forefront of most consumer’s minds, one Okanagan winery is going the extra mile to make sure its practices are sustainable.

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Importing grapes may save the Okanagan wine industry

Okanagan grape growers and winery owners – who are often the same people – are looking for innovative ways to keep the industry alive despite losing the entire 2024 crop to this winter’s deep freeze.

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Popular Kamloops macaron maker opens brick-and-mortar bakery

A well-known macaron maker in Kamloops got the keys to a storefront location earlier this week and the next big step for her growing business.

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Growing grapes in Okanagan is 'like Russian roulette' these days: winemaker

It’s clear that the 2024 wine grape crop has been destroyed by cold weather throughout the Okanagan.

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Passionate chef brings healthy from scratch meal options to Kamloops

A Kamloops chef who's passionate about health has launched a new business and is offering nutritious and delicious whole food meals.

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Up to 80% of Okanagan peach crop wiped out by winter cold snap

The cold snap in the southern Interior earlier this winter wiped out roughly three-quarters of stone fruits like peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines.

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Don’t count Okanagan wine industry out just because this year’s crop is gone

Lovers of Okanagan VQA wines may already be noticing declines in their favourite flavours in local liquor stores.

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Okanagan grape harvest wiped out for 2024

Five days of extremely cold weather in January killed just about every wine grape bud in the Okanagan.

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January deep freeze devastated BC Southern Interior cherry crop

Cherry growers in the Southern Interior fear a deep freeze earlier this year will greatly reduce cherry crops this coming season.

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Liquor agency tight-lipped on why Okanagan wines will soon disappear in Alberta

The Alberta government agency responsible for liquor and cannabis is tight-lipped about why it has chosen to suddenly cut out most if not all, BC wines from its shelves.

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Beloved Kelowna soup and sandwich shop offers new tasting experience

A popular soup and sandwich restaurant in Kelowna is offering something fun, delicious and innovative, and soup lovers might want to check it out.

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Alberta’s attack on Okanagan wines may open other doors for the industry

Alberta delivered a harsh blow to Okanagan wineries last month by banning them from selling in its liquor stores if they also ship wines directly to customers.

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Alberta government won't stock BC wines that sell direct to consumers

EDMONTON - An interprovincial wine war is fermenting after Alberta's liquor wholesaler told vintners in British Columbia that it won't stock their products in retail stores unless they stop shipping it directly to consumers.

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