It all started when Tourism Kelowna decided to step it up and make their Studio and Farm Tour brochure exceptionally awesome this year. Tourism Kelowna is always taking it to the next level; making us think outside the box at every step. Love those guys.
They discovered this new App called Layar. It's beyond cool; what it allows the user to do is hold their IPhone above an establishment's image on the brochure then, suddenly, BOOM a fun informational video pops up!!!!!! First time I saw this I was giddy with delight.
We started to think hard about this video, how we wanted it and when. The next step was finding someone with a great enough camera to make this puppy happen. Through family connections (and our family is big) we met Ryan Varchol; a young mountain biker with a passion for film. It was love at first sight, we had found our man.
Ryan came to the Fruit Stand, was patient and kind. Serina busted a move in Vancouver and recorded the voice over at her brother Shawn's recording studio, District 4. It all came up aces, and before we knew it we were posting that sucker on YouTube and the rest is history.
It's official. We are now a really big deal. Check it out on the home page of our website!
Can we talk about the fruit again? CAN WE? I mean, commercials are cool and everything but really the fruit is what it's all about. This week we opened up the orchards to the masses with great delight. Picking Cherries is really easy, but here are a few tips:
Cherry Picking Tips
1. The darker the better; the more intense the color the more ripe.
2. Pick early in the day; the hot sun can be a little much for both you and the fruit.
3. LEAVE THAT STEM ON! The fruit will last longer!
4. Last but not least: eat them as fresh as you can. It's kind of a given but I had to say it.
What about Apricots you say? Well you're right, they are delicious and great fun to pick. Some tippage for Apricot adventurers:
Apricot Picking Tips
1. Each tree is like an individual; some ripen faster than others so you need to remain vigilant. Look for colour, the more intense the orange the riper. As well as using sight, touch is a good sense to have when picking but please be sure not to squeeze the life out of the fruit. A medium firm fruit is great for storage, or soft for jam time.
2. Apricots so have a scent when they are ripe, so if you approach a tree and it doesn't smell like apricots then maybe move onto the next one.
Enjoy! And if you're climbing up a ladder, make sure you're safe.