Friday, 14 September 2012

Morningstar Farm

Another beautiful day on the island, as in many parts of B.C. We drove up to Morningstar Farm (www.morningstarfarm.ca) in Parksville.

This farm is also home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks (www.cheeseworks.ca) and also MooBerry Winery (www.mooberrywinery.com)

 
 
This cabin is from farm homesteader, Jim Lowry. It is 120 years old!

Ha ha ha....
 
 
 
 
 
Happy cheese shoppers in the Farmgate Store....lots of samples too!!
 
Many great, fresh and different cheeses are found here (also meats, sauces, etc.), plus everything we tested, and we tested everything, was wonderful! After sampling our way through the cheese cooler, it was 4 steps to the wine bar for a tasting. 
 
Now, onto MooBerry Wines. This is the community of Oceanside's (Parksville & Qualicum Beach) first, legal fruit winery. Like the cheeses, we tasted everything available!! (I know, dress us up but you can't take us anywhere....)
 
 
 
 
 
...looks like a lovely blueberry wine..
 
 
 
 
 
Award winning Gooseberry Wine...
 
Thanks, Chris, for being so nice at our tasting!!
 
After wine tasting, it was off to explore the farm. What a peaceful day to go for a stroll in the countryside. There is lots for kids to do here. The animals, pathways, picnic tables, fields. Bring the kids - get them away from the television!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Even us grown-ups like a petting farm!!
 
 
 
Foot shot, had to happen...
 
 
 
Mt. Arrowsmith, way out there!!
 
 
 
Look at us country farm girls!!
(Mom-Nadyne, sister-Sue & me) 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of those tasty blackberries for that yummy wine!!
 
Doug gets locked into the fields!!!
 
Well, that was a great morning. only takes about 40 minutes to get there from our place in Nanaimo. And yes, we all came back with various wines and cheeses. See below, back at Sue's place, we had a sampling:
 
 
That's it for our Friday. Weekend is coming and yes, it still does feel like the weekend to us, even though we are retired!!
 
Take care of each other - "Always kiss me goodnight"
 
Cheers!!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you out and about Guys, looks like a great day doing 2 of your favorite things, Wine and Cheese. Looking forward to going to this place when we get back! Loved the picture of Nancy, Mom and Susan. Miss you!
    Love
    Danna and Roberto

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