The Harvest – Fruits of Our Labour

Explore Penticton & the South Okanagan 2011

  • Jun. 21, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Harvest feast

Penticton is known for its juicy peaches — there’s not a giant one sitting on Okanagan beach for nothing — but they’re not the only delectable harvest available in the South Okanagan.

In the sunny, arid climate of the Okanagan Valley, local farmers can plant and harvest a seemingly countless selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Anyone can get a piece of this fruitful bounty by visiting any of the roadside fruit stands, stores, “U-Pick” orchards and farmers’ markets in Summerland, Penticton and Naramata, open from May to October.

In Penticton the market is held at the end of Main Street every Saturday morning. The market features farming methods used in the surrounding area, from conventional to certified organic. Summerland’s market is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Saturdays in Memorial Park and Naramata hosts its farmers’ market Wednesday evenings in Wharf Park.

Plan your trip during the dates when your favourite fruit or vegetable is in season, and get premium quality produce. Here are approximate harvest and blossom dates:

Asparagus: May

Peas: June 15

Cherries: June 20 – July

Apricots: July – August

Peaches: July – September

Onions: July – September

Cucumbers: July 15 – September

Potatoes: July 15 – September

Carrots: August – September

Corn: August – September

Tomatoes:  August-first frost

Melons: Aug. 15 – September

Watermelon: Aug. 20 – September

Pears: Aug. 20-September

Grapes: September

Squash: September

Apples: Transparent — July; Tydeman — August; 


Macintosh — 

Aug. 20;  


Spartan — September; 

Golden Delicious — Sept. 10; and Red Delicious — Sept. 15


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