Agricultural tourism is still very popular, and this Vancouver Island attraction doesn’t hold back from offering its farm fresh, organic delights right to your mouth.
This great little spot is only a 5-minute drive from downtown Courtenay, and is very rural, or better put, rustic. That word was earned from years of hard work, keeping locals involved, avoiding GMO’s, and staying in touch with what is real. Owners Marla Limousin and George Ehrler and their staff are contributing a valueable product and lifestyle right in the Comox Valley.
Nature’s Way Farm and Blue Moon Winery offers sensational delights right from the ground. Enjoy organic fruit and vegetables, sample award winning wines, plan a quiet little function, come for a special event, or take a cooking class in the culinary kitchen.
The Natural Way to Become a Farm and a Winery
Comox Valley has all the right conditions for this hands-on, organic place, and the owners of Nature’s Way Farm had the foresight 22 years ago to put down some roots and start a blueberry farm. As it grew, so did the berry patch…and the garden, and the orchard as well. So it was a natural evolution to produce wine from the fruit grown on their farm, and the farms in the surrounding area. It seems that was a fine choice to make, considering the wines have now won many awards. Everything from table wines to dessert wines can be found here.
The orchard and garden are constantly growing and evolving, perhaps to keep up with the discerning taste buds of the locals who are now well aware of all the complex ingredients found in today’s international recipes. On that note, Nature’s Way Farm and Blue Moon Winery can host a small gathering or celebrations for about 20 in the dining area, or for 30 guests out on the patio in nice weather. Corporate meetings won’t be a bore here, as your hosts can accomodate up to 16 people and provide audio/visual equipment. The kitchen allows local caterers in on the action too, if you want that to be part of your special plan.
Get Involved with One or More of Natural Way’s Cooking Classes
Cooking classes are a lovely way to learn and connect with other foodies, and the kitchen at Natural Way’s Farm is primed and ready for anyone who wants to it rent out for groups of 12 maximum. If you are lucky enough to grab a course with chef Gaetane Palardy, then go for it!
Gaetane’s style is mostly reflected from the region of Normandy, but there are other fusions on the menu as well. She is passionate about local food and operates her own culinary tour of Comox Valley, called Island Gourmet Trails. Positions in her classes sell out very quickly, so don’t feel bad if you’re put on the waiting list.
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