The word “Okanagan” summons three things to my mind: sun, wine, and fruit.
A drive anywhere through the region will mean an endless string of fruit stands; some are old and some are new, but each one is packed with local fruit, produce, and a lovely sense of nostalgia.
After Pemberton we headed north, and on our way from Penticton to Kelowna, we stopped in at Little Acre fruit stand, and spent a long while exploring the contents of its wooden crates and shelves.
There were all kinds of local ciders and juice;
nuts; the famous Summerland fruit syrups (famous, at least, in my mind because I loved them as a child); pickles; honey; cookbooks; a small bakery; an ice cream case; and just about every kind of produce and fruit you could ever want.
Okanagan locals all have their favourite stand, and a visit to one is a must if you’re passing through.
They’re ever so wholesome and exemplary of the area, and really, who needs more for lunch than a freshly-baked loaf of bread and a bag of cherries?