Yep, we're growing that many different types of apples. It's an incredible collection of classic heirloom and wonderful connoisseur varieties. And almost none are what you'll find filling the bins of most grocery stores. Read more
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Salt Spring Island is an idyllic place to visit. And where better to stay than a room at the B&B @ Salt Spring Apple Company? Perfectly located and open year-round.
Everything that made Salt Spring Island a great place to grow apples in the 19th century is still true today. Salt Spring’s climate is mild; its soil is fertile; the nearby markets of Victoria and Vancouver need fresh produce more than ever.
For these reasons and others, we believe a renaissance for Salt Spring Island apple growing is at hand.
Today, there is renewed and increasing interest in wholesome, organic foods grown nearby. Salt Spring Island has developed strong regional (and even national) name recognition as a source for quirky, unique, high-quality products, whether artwork, cheese, wine or – yes – organic apples.
And over the past decade, Salt Spring’s agricultural community has begun working together with purpose, dedicated to restoring the Island’s agricultural prominence.
While Okanagan and Similkameen Valley growers - not to mention the vast orchards of foreign lands - have climatic and economic advantages in mass-producing apples, smart Salt Spring growers are taking a different path, eschewing large-scale production in favour of distinctive, high-quality, organic apple-growing that serves a niche market of connoisseurs and supporters of local and regional food production.
This is the direction we are going. It's why we established Salt Spring Apple Company, a Salt Spring-located apple orchard business that's proud to be part of this movement, helping promote the Island’s return to fame for its apple production.
Through this business, we intend to build on the inroads a handful of Salt Spring apple growers such as Harry Burton are already making, while taking advantage of modern knowledge and techniques.
We will grow in harmony with the land and help renew and reinvigorate Salt Spring’s position as British Columbia’s historic apple source.