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Culinary Tour leader Carolyn Flam Sharp holding lavender and
a lucky feather at the Lavender and Black farm.

quickly deliver medical supplies to the
more isolated islands. In addition, wealthy
people and well-off retirees wishing to
share the less hectic lifestyle and experience " island time " built million-dollar
homes and upscale condos on the water.
One benefit of attracting the well-heeled
is that they support local artisan foods,
including the delicacies we tasted on our
tour.
Our first stop was located on a glorious, southwest-facing sloped hill-the
Lavender and Black farm. Carolyn and I
were greeted by Ben, who with his wife,
Awatief, have spent the last five years
building the certified-organic farm. Ben
toured us around the two-acre planted
grounds, where lavender plants are woven
around the trees and moistened with drip
irrigation. " Of the 450 lavender varieties, " he said, " 50 are used commercially.
Our 4,000 plants are either English or
French lavender. English is sweeter, best
for cooking. The French, with its bigger
flowerhead, is used in scented products,
like sachets, botanical fragrances, essential oils and balms. "
The farm also grows immortelle
(Helichrysum), an everlasting plant whose
yellow flowers are used in dried bouquets,
herbal medicine, and recently, in essential

My gluten-free lunch pizza.

oils for skin-care. Lavender and Black distills its essential oils in an old-fashioned
copper alembic still. It's a labour-intensive art: to produce 300ml of essential
oil, Ben loads 17 kilos of French lavender
flowers into the still to begin the distilling
process. To stock their on-site and online
store, the process is repeated many times.
After our tour, Awatief offered us rooibos
tea with delectable lavender-laced madeleines and chocolate.
Mira Tusz and Daniel Dragert
founded their winery, Kutatás, in 2016.
Both of Hungarian descent, they named
their winery after the Hungarian term,
" exploration " or " quest. " Mira, whose
microbiology degree is useful in the
fermentation of grapes, describes their
approach to winemaking, which includes
pressing their grapes with the stems, and
developing their own yeasts, thereby
imparting each of their wines with a
unique flavour. Their wines include Pinot
Grigio, Pinot Gris, Ortega and three types
of Pinot Noir. I sampled several (small)
delicious amounts from the bottles lined
up in the welcoming tasting room, then
Mira showed us to a part of their sevenand-a-half acres of vines. The vines lined
up in straight rows reaching well above
our heads and were loaded with ripening

grape clusters. She explained how judicious-and constant-pruning helps
these clusters grow.
Carolyn deftly drove us across Salt
Spring's hilly and curvy roads to two food
purveyors located next door to each other.
The first, Laughing Daughters, where
we had lunch, produces only gluten-free
baked goods. The second, Moonshine
Mama's, produces " elixirs " designed
to boost immune systems. These enterprises both grew out of health issues: Judy
Drzymala discovered she had celiac disease when gluten-free food was unpalatable. " It tasted like cardboard, " she writes
on her website. When her daughters found
they had the same auto-immune disease,
Judy bought a small home-based gluten-free bakery and expanded it with tasty
stuff both the family and customers could
eat. I munched my first gluten-free pizza
and I'd happily return for more if I lived
on Salt Spring. Judy also presented us
with a small blueberry pie-somehow the
baking team has found a way to produce
yummy baked goods without that debilitating wheat protein.
With our pizza, we quaffed one of
Moonshine Mama's delightful turmeric
elixirs-a drink owner Melinda Divers
developed after being diagnosed with cancer.

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AT THE HELM: BEGINNING ANOTHER YEAR OF BIG CHANGES
TRAVEL DESTINATION : SALT SPRING ISLAND WITH GOURMET FOOD AND DRINK
POWER REVIEW: NEPTUNUS 750 ENCLOSED FLYBRIDGE
SAIL REVIEW: DUFOUR 430 GRAND LARGE
POWER REVIEW: WORLD CAT 280 DC-X
SPECIAL FEATURE: WE PICK 30 OF THE MOST EXCITING BOATS FOR 2021
THE PORT HOLE: FEBRUARY 2021
JOIN A BOATING CLUB
BOATING SKILLS FOR NOVICE TO ADVANCED BOATERS
START BOATING THE EASY WAY WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
CROSSING THE LINE: OF COURSE: SOME LESSER-KNOWN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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Canadian Yachting February 2021 - TRAVEL DESTINATION : SALT SPRING ISLAND WITH GOURMET FOOD AND DRINK
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