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Founded in 1952 by Curtis and Patricia Vesper, the transport company that bears their name has grown under the leadership of their sons, Lee and Cory, to become the largest provider of year round work in Cawston and one of the biggest employers in the area.

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to create three task forces to address three key issues of importance to chamber and community members.

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Summerland—Penticton can thank the Okanagan Hockey Academy for the city becoming the home of Western Canada’s premier kilt making business.

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The Okanagan Gleaners will soon top 100 million servings of soup sent to hungry people around the world.

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Summerland growers Jeff Thorne and Erin Lang are expanding the concept of diversification in agriculture with the production of cannabis as well as vegetables.

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Rick Hatch’s concern about the world his daughters will inherit sparked his interest in permaculture and eventually led to his establishing Cherry Tree Permaculture in Penticton.

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Nathan Rosin is combining his love of beer, entrepreneurial spirit and engineering know how to start Summerland’s first craft brewery on a shoestring.

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When Edmonton-based healthcare professionals Michael and Lori Savard purchased four hectares of sagebrush in 2003, they weren’t thinking about establishing a winery.

Twenty years ago Summerland orchardists Neal and Louisa Carter, founders of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, wondered if apple slices could become a new convenience food.

Carol and Mike Colbeck, owners of Tethered Lamb Vineyard and Guesthouse, have welcomed visitors from around the world to their rural piece of Okanagan paradise and sent them on their way with memories of amazing breakfasts.

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Oliver orchardist David Machial won four top awards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held in Toronto.

Brent and Kari Tarasoff bring extensive experience in agriculture and business on the Prairies to their new venture as Okanagan hop growers.

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Tattooing apples for the Big Apple was a big step on Alain Peron’s journey from Bordeaux to the Similkameen.

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Waycon Manufacturing, located at 275 Waterloo Ave., in Penticton, has been making food processing equipment, machinery and systems for close to three decades.

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Cawston resident Erik Knechtel has been the ‘dust’ farmer in his family for the past seven years and more recently the artisan vinegar producer.

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An emptying nest and fond memories of picking raspberries in Switzerland prompted Roger and Susan Huber to think about berry production as a business.

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An emptying nest and fond memories of picking raspberries in Switzerland prompted Roger and Susan Huber to think about berry production as a business.

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Naramata resident Tim Bouwmeester, owner of Desert Flower Honey, became fascinated by insects while working for the Canadian Forestry Service in Ontario.

Born and raised on an orchard, Rob Van Westen’s impressive resume includes being a producer of high-quality cherries, the grower of premium grapes and a maker of award-winning wine.

Nik Durisek, owner of Okanagan Wine Lab located at 204 Lower Moorpark Drive in Penticton, is helping to ensure high quality wine one chemical test at a time.

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Jim and Cathy Hermiston owners of Hermiston Orchards in Summerland won a first place for their Aurora Golden Gala apple at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto last month.

It's been a stellar year for Tightrope Winery located at 1050 Fleet Road on the Naramata Bench.

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Bernhard Schirrmeister brings experience in the wine industry on two continents to his position as technical sales manager for Vines to Vintages located at 103-1219 Commercial Way in Penticton.

Opened this past June, Faustino Estate Cidery  located at 1400 Highway 97 in Osoyoos is off to a promising start.

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Donny and Denese Espeut-Post owners of EP Orchards located at 16600 Bentley Road in Summerland, offer customers the choice of picking fruit themselves or purchasing already  picked fruit.

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Robert Kwakernaak and Lesia Wood, owners of Cellar Dweller, provide a mobile filter service that is helping wineries produce better quality wine and save money.

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Cawston orchardist Mark Haithwaite is this year’s winner of the Golden Apple Award presented annually by the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association.