Posts Written ByJodi Quibell

Imagine entering a shop and being met with the calming scent of lavender before your gaze can even settle on its source: displays of various bath products, seductive lavender chocolate and exquisite linens. This lovely experience could be yours at Forest Green Man Lavender Products in downtown Naramata. Owners Karolina and Doug still lovingly tend to their own lavender plants — the very lavender used to create their products, whose ingredients are locally grown or sustainably sourced. In addition to lavender, Karolina is developing a line of products using rose water. While relaxing in a lavender or rose-scented bath, enjoy…

Summer in Armstrong offers an eclectic mix of food, drink, music and celebration. When you make your summer plans, be sure to include Armstrong as a must-stop destination. Summer Events • Don’t miss Valley First Music in the Park, a weekly event that treats your ears to such bands as Mace, Six Shades of Grey and Turtle Valley. This event is free, although donations are accepted for the Feed the Valley Project. The fun happens every Friday, beginning at 7 pm and runs June 22 to August 24. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the tunes while your children swim…

When your spirit needs a reprieve from big city hustle, plan a road trip to the beautiful and welcoming Armstrong/Spallumcheen area. The quaint village of Armstrong has many surprising activities and exciting opportunities for anyone seeking a simpler way of life surrounded by friendly neighbours and a community that celebrates local business. A haven for foodies, Armstrong has delicious offerings to complement your next party. Serve your guests delectable local cheeses from one of three cheesemakers, such as The Village Cheese Co., smooth Swiss chocolate from Chocoliro Finest Chocolate, a special appetizer created with Rogers Foods ingredients, as well as…

Spring is in the air. The “Green Man” is the Celtic spirit of nature represented as a stylized face made up of leaves and branches. It is believed to be reborn in the spring. Because of this, we thought it only fitting to have Forest Green Man Lavender Products reborn in our new space at 126 Robinson Avenue in Naramata. Along with our popular handmade lavender bath and culinary products, we will be debuting some new treats, such as lavender chocolates and a soothing bubble bath. Karolina’s art work will also be available for purchase! Though we’ve sold the farm,…

Enjoy at trip back to the good old days at Oliver Twist Estate Winery. A 1970s Airstream food truck is parked right outside. Throughout the tasting room, you’ll find retro luggage, nifty art work and other vintage items. You may even hear your favourite ‘50s or ‘60s songs playing in the background. Plan a travel adventure on March 10, when the entertaining staff at Oliver Twist welcomes everyone to their Customer Appreciation Day. Gina Harfman, a fourth generation Osoyoos resident, is as local as it gets. During this Customer Appreciation Day, there will be wine specials, delicious snacks and lots…

Ted Kane started making wine before he could even drink it. At 17 years old, Kane experimented with winemaking kits. He squeezed wine from anything he could use — crab apples from his parents’ tree, grapes from the market, even potatoes. Wine has been his life’s work. Now he puts those decades of experience making wine and growing grapes to good use at the winery he founded, River Stone Estate Winery in Oliver. “So much of the fun to me is experimenting,” said Kane. “I learned how to manipulate the chemistry in certain ways.” Knowing he wanted to farm a…