Farm-Stay Profile: Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant & Organic Farm

Get away to lovely Salt Spring Island for a relaxing farm-stay at the Harbour House, which offers a unique experience catered to vacationers who appreciate delectable farm-fresh meals, stunning harbour views, and have an appreciation for sustainable living…

This is a great opportunity for those who wish to immerse in all that the unique Salt Spring Island culture has to offer. Guests are invited to unwind and refresh with morning and evening yoga at the on-site yoga studio, leaving the rest of the day to activities like wandering through the gardens and orchard or visiting the animals on the on-site farm. There’s so much to take in – over 70 varieties of produce, grazing goats and sheep, even a chance to watch the beekeeper at work! There is a thick forest for a shady afternoon walk, and a tranquil pond to reflect upon. If you plan to head out on an exploration of the island, the friendly kitchen staff will pack a delicious picnic lunch to enjoy by the ocean.

Harbour House Farm & Garden

In the restaurant, Chef Brooke Winters creatively uses vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the hotel’s organic garden to create meals that are a feast for the senses. Fresh artisan breads, sauces, and dressings are created in-house from local, sustainable ingredients grown on-site.  In season, 80% of the food served in the restaurant is produced on Salt Spring Island. Chef explains; “I enjoy the indulgence of presenting food in new ways, and creating innovative and unusual pairings. But it is the true love of ingredients in their beautiful, natural state that inspires my culinary passion.” They serve 100 percent grass-fed, free range beef and free range chicken. Their seafood is Ocean Wise Certified, which means that they only use seafood that is ethically fished and harvested. Harbour House Organic Farm raises their own lamb; serves organic free range eggs, and produces honey and maple syrup.

organic island farm and garden

The present-day farm of the Harbour House Hotel sits on a 15-acre remnant of the Crofton family’s original 100-acre farm.  In 2004, the “farm remediation project” was begun in order to provide guests with farm-fresh produce in their meals, just as the Crofton family did from 1916 until the 1950’s. The benefit of the soil resting from 1950 to 2004 is that the land was never exposed to chemicals or pesticides.  Farm manager Rob Scheres learned his trade from his Dutch grandfather, and runs the operation much like a small family farm with very little equipment and loads of hard work. Production is year-round, using innovative ideas and a dedication to intensive small scale, sustainable organic farming practices.

Harbour House Hotel Salt Spring

The farm is open to the public all year round, with produce available from the farm stand at the front gate. Guided tours with the manager happen every day at 11am. Treat yourself and be inspired with a vacation at the picturesque Harbour House. You won’t be disappointed! You can find out more by visiting www.saltspringharbourhouse.com or calling Toll Free: 1-888-799-5571.

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