We had an all-dessert morning in Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada! How awesome is that?
First thing in the morning, we visited Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm, just on the edge of Salmon Arm, where the cows are grass-fed and the cheeses are all organic. After getting slobbered on by the neighbor’s Siberian Husky and by the farm’s young calf that thought I was his mom, we sampled some varieties of organic Gouda cheese they make. From the classic aged cheese to the seasonal fenugreek flavour, all excellent! Then, we had our first dessert of the day: lemon cheesecake made with their own Gouda cheese! Love it!
Then we moved to the Salmon Arm’s Farmers Market. We tried Kurt’s beef jerky and then grabbed 2 bags of just-arrived large-size BC cherries, they were really good!
One of them had a funny appearance. Let your imagination run wild, and tell me what comes to your mind!
Next stop, the Candy Vault on Hudson Avenue, downtown Salmon Arm.
This candy shop used to be a bank, and the vault is still there and the owner now uses it to keep the precious candies, chocolates, and marshmallows! The vault door is still the original. I tried to open it, and it was very heavy indeed! They have international and rare sweets there too.
The Pie Company was next, and that’s got to be the highlight of my dessert morning. I tried the raspberry rhubarb pie with whipped cream, while Ryan got… hmm… I can’t remember, I was so consumed by my own pie, I forgot to try his!
The best way to enjoy desserts is eating them picnic style. The Salmon Arm wharf is the longest wooden wharf in North America, and it has a beautiful view to Shuswap Lake. Plenty of benches and green grass to sit and relax.
Next time we visit Salmon Arm, we hope we will have a few days here. Then we will rent one of those houseboats and sail around Shuswap Lake! We love road trips, but we haven’t done an independent boat trip so far. I bet we’ll love it!
Munching cherries along the way, we reached D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous to taste their superfresh ice cream, from the milk they produce in their own dairy farm.
While there, we checked out their animal collection, that’s much more than just cows. White peacock and zonkey (zebra-donkey), anybody?
I was curious whether the calves here would lick all over my arm like the ones in the Gort’s farm. They did! And this one seems older than the Gort’s one, the tounge is much rougher. It felt like getting a salt-scrub spa treatment! Later on, I smelled my arm. It had the aroma of grass… and baby powder! I didn’t expect that!
The cows here are huge. This picture reminds me of the two-headed mutant cows at the game Fallout.
Only after Ryan finished taking pictures did he tell me that a big one has been drooling all over my hair and backpack. Excellent!