Artisan Food

The Amazing Quaking Aspens

  Here we enjoy the last of River Valley Ranch's fall colours with an uplifting display located between some of our Hoodoo Badlands and the Kootenay River. Did you know the Quaking or Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is considered the world's largest living organism? It [...]


The local Yoga class was gathering round and about to start. Entering into the chit chat, I had announced that we had bought Roland’s chickens. Roland was a Swiss itinerant carpenter. We had given Roland his very first paying job on the island. He was [...]

Hazelnuts (Filberts) and the Edge Effect

Maturing hazelnuts at the end of August are still in their green ruffled bonnets. They give us a lot of pleasure at that time of year just to marvel at, and later provide tasty and healthy food. The brown hazelnuts are harvested in October when [...]

Cork & Bottle Closures

Portugal’s cork oak forests are part of an ancient Mediterranean ecosystem that has more than 13,000 native plant species.  Portugal has the largest cork oak forest area in the world.  The cork oak is its national tree and has been protected by law since the [...]