Farms & Markets
Naramata was founded in 1907 as a haven for gentlemen fruit farmers.
Developer JM Robinson knew the sunny western facing slopes, fertile soil and available water would make ideal conditions for growing soft fruits like cherries and peaches along with the apples and pears that were already flourishing farther north in the valley.
Orchards to Vineyards
For generations, spring saw the hillsides from Naramata to Penticton burst into exuberant bloom. The face of farming has changed over recent years with many orchards giving way to the vineyards of the Naramata Bench wine region, but the earth's abundance remains undiminished.
Drive along Naramata Road and keep an eye open for farm-gate produce. The harvest begins in mid-July when apricots ripen and lasts through the succession of cherries, peaches, pears, plums and apples to mid-October.
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