The Shuswap Food Action Society partnered with several local organic, sustainable farms and farming businesses to host open farm tours July 14.
From Sorrento to Enderby, Salmon Arm and most points between, visitors could drop by farms to see for themselves what makes each operation unique and what they produce all while discovering new ways to purchase local, sustainable food and drink.
The farms available to tour ranged from the world-famous Crannog Ales in Sorrento to Grass Root Dairies, Marionette Winery and Elderberry Grove in Salmon Arm and the West Enderby Farm.
An Observer reporter tagged along for a tour of the Elderberry Grove farm, where they grow elderberry plants and process the berries and flowers into concentrated syrups that have powerful health properties in addition to their potent taste.
On top of the acres of elderberry plants, Louise Lecouffe and Jedidiah Wiebe, proprietors of the farm, grow a huge vegetable, fruit and nut garden from which they take the entirety of their yearly produce from.