Okanagan Rawsome Dishes on Organic Apricots

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Afke Zonderland,
Raw Chef & Founder of Okanagan Rawsome

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds to delicious RAW, SPROUTED, GLUTEN-FREE, and VEGAN living! Afke Zonderland, Chef & CEO shares how easy it is to live a whole-food philosophy and make the healthiest choices for yourself and your family.

“We signed on to be at the Vernon Farmer’s Market one day a week this year.  It sounded like fun and it is!  The contact with tourists from all over Canada is personable and provides us valuable inexpensive feed back. The locals become regulars as they get to know the farmer or producer of the food they put on their table.

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Vernon Farmer’s Market

Being a vendor at an outdoor local market becomes a community affair. Your neighbor helps you set up your tent and is willing to watch your booth when you run off to get your own produce.  The cornucopia of products, artisan foods, fresh flowers and produce, cheeses, meats, home baking, woodwork, and clothing is astounding.

 It is apricot season, so I tracked down a few vendors to learn more about the spray program for conventionally grown apricots and peaches. The first orchardist I approached told me that apricots are quite disease resistant and only get sprayed at blossom time.  The second mentioned that he applied a copper spray in the fall on the dormant trees.

 With this information in hand, I went to my long time trusted farmer friend Jacqui Sproule from Sproule and Sons Orchards in Oyama, British Columbia. They have been growing cherries, apricots, peaches and apples since 1946.  This is the story that is posted on their website:

‘We do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Manure is composted before applying to the soil and the soil is kept covered by living plants.’

Sproule and Sons OrchardThis, as some of you may know, is required from all farmers that apply for certified organic status.  Some of you “hard core” organic munchers that have the audacity to ask for organic cherries at a road side stand may, like me, have been on the receiving end of a lecture or been subjected to scoffing remarks about ‘organics’ from conventional growers.  Some of you are simply skeptical, or feel that: ‘the increased cost at the check- out is not worth it” or ‘A lot of cheating is going on’ or ‘We live in a toxic world’…and (my favorite) ‘I have to die of something at some point’.

Nobody believes that pesticides are safe to eat.  Nobody believes that the environment is not damaged by pesticides. What many people still have to understand is the long term cumulative damage of 80,000 different chemicals in use today.  Jacquie explained that the frequent applications of round-up to kill grass and weeds in most orchards destroys the biodome (think mineral deficient) of the very soil in which the trees live and breathe. The tree simply sucks up the glyphosate residue from the soil and passes it on to its fruit. Some orchardists graze horses in the orchards, some simply leave the long grass and weeds for the bees and the bugs. Some good bugs eat the bad ones, creating a small eco system creating a sanctuary that benefits plants and mankind.  I like that thought.  A few pounds of apricots from Sproule and Sons Orchard are ripening nicely on the counter!”

Okanagan Rawsome Apricot IcecreamApricot Smoothie or I-Scream

• 4 ripe apricots
• 1 banana
• Fresh or powder ginger to taste
• 4 cups of leafy greens
• 1 cup water or yogurt

Smoothie:  Place all ingredients in a high speed blender until creamy.
Ice-cream:  Place frozen apricots and bananas in a food processor and blend until smooth
Optional: Add a few tablespoons of cream or yogurt.

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