Quaaout Veggie Garden

Credit: Sharon Hanna

One does not necessarily imagine golf courses and food gardens going hand in hand, so I was more than pleasantly surprised to be invited to Talking Rock/Quaaout resort on Little Shuswap lake in September to see just that. Executive chef Gene Dery is actively engaged in supporting local growers and farmers in an effort to make ‘100 mile diet’ foods available to guests. Last spring, he enlisted Kamloops garden guru Arlene Soloman to create a new vegetable garden with the assistance of husband Gerry, garlic farmer extraordinaire.

Designed in traditional medicine-wheel shape, this shows the “yellow” section; among other things Arlene planted ‘Sun Cherry’ yellow tomatoes, yellow zucchini, Hungarian yellow peppers, and ‘Teddy Bear’ sunflowers.

Arlene in the garden

Arlene, Gerry and the chef showing off their baskets

Harvest Basket

This is the marketing manager of the resort, Lisa. The photograph shows the bar, made from pine-beetle-infested wood.