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Food Processing and Marketing

Post-War marketing of BC apples

Post-War Marketing of BC Apples Marketing of British Columbia apples in the 1950s and 1960s took a new turn. Gone were the messages about patriotism and the dominant image became healthy, happy, rosy-cheeked children. The B.C. Apple Recipe Book (circa 1960) was edited by Dorothy Britton, home economist at the Canada Experimental Farm in Summerland […]

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Butter-making

Butter-making Butter-making used to be a mark of excellent housekeeping for farm women. It requires close attention to sanitation and methodical treatment, from the way the cow is milked to the removal of liquid in the final working of the end product. It is both a science and an art and has been part of […]

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Sun-Rype of Kelowna

“Deep roots, strong branches, the history of Sun-Rype” began as a memoir by Ian Greenwood who was a manager of new product development and later General Manager for Sun-Rype Products Ltd from 1952 – 82.  Greenwood embeds his memories in a history of orchards in the Okanagan starting with Father Pandosy in 1859, Lord and […]

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Milk Separators

Milk Separators The milk separator helped create a source of income for farm wives and the establishment of the dairy industry in Canada.  Nowadays the milk separator is an object of mild curiosity in museums and at antique auctions.  There’s one at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives;  when I heard a parent tell her […]

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Selling BC Apples

It was challenging to sell BC apples in the 1930s.  In 1931, based on data from 1926 to 1930, British Columbia led five provinces in total apple production (reported at an average of 1,279,000 barrels). In 1937, while BC apple production had increased it was surpassed by Nova Scotia. In 1942, BC once again edged out […]

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Bee Cee Honey

If you grew up in BC you’ll probably recognize the Bee Cee Honey trademark[i].  It was owned by Hodgson Bee Supplied Ltd. located in New Westminister, BC. Established in the late 1940s/early 1950s, the Bee Cee Honey packing plant handled honey from the Peace River District and became a popular recognizable brand throughout the province […]

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“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon”

“Let’s Serve Canned Salmon” was a recipe booklet promoting BC canned salmon developed by the Home Economics Section, Department of Fisheries, Ottawa. In addition to the booklet, there was a filmstrip that could be borrowed by home economics teachers and women’s organizations “free of charge.” The booklet reflects the time when the Canadian Government promoted […]

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Root Cellars

Root cellars have been around since the beginning of agriculture. The early settlers across Canada, including those here in BC. often did not have the option of a visiting a grocery store in the middle of winter for fresh fruits and vegetables. They often “shopped” in their root cellars. Before the advent of home refrigeration […]

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Distilleries in the Okanagan

  I stopped in at Okanagan Spirits last week looking for my favourite Haskap liqueur and was delighted to find a range of new products. Okanagan Spirits is a craft distillery that opened in Vernon BC in 2004 (www.okanaganspirits.com). They now operate in both Kelowna and Vernon. The range of products available shows considerable creativity […]

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