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Event features produce from hotel farm

For much of this week, fresh produce has been arriving at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, in anticipation of an event this Friday.

All of the squash, heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, beets and more coming through the door, is from the farm owned by the hotel.

And it will all be featured at the second annual A Taste of the Farm dinner.

"What I most look forward to is introducing people to what we are achieving here with our very own farm," said executive chef Chris Remington.

The farm, named Valley View, was the brainchild of the hotel's general manager David Prystay.

Prystay is a firm believer in sustainability. After starting a herb garden 14 years ago, the first planting at the farm, not far from the Lakeside in Penticton, was in February of 2012.

Master gardener Michelle Younie is in charge, and she started out by putting trees and berry bushes in.

She then looked at everything the hotel uses at its three restaurants and in its catering, and determined they had to plant a ton of potatoes.

She continued planting the basics from carrots to tomatoes and cucumbers, but also wanted things that stand out to go in the ground.

So in March of 2012, she planted luffas, which they hope to use in the hotel in the winter/spring of 2014.

"Really one of the goals has been to draw attention to how fertile the land is here and the diversity of crops that can be grown, beyond grapes and fruit trees," she said.

The farm has since grown to include chickens and bee hives for honey.

The fresh produce  is well received at the Lakeside, with a list in every menu, providing information on what is from the farm.

The first 'A Taste of the Farm' was also a success last year, prompting the second feast on Friday.

People will be treated to several courses in an outdoor setting at the hotel.

The event is sold out, but there is a waiting list. 

In 2014, the hotel plans to have dinners at the farm.

"For David, this is a way to promote the farm and sustainability, and they are always thinking of new and interesting events at the hotel," said Younie.

For more information, call (250) 493-8221. 


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