Farm to Flight
The Farm to Flight™ program is a partnership between the Kelowna International Airport (YLW), Skyway Group, Sysco Kelowna, and De Simone Farms Ltd. The program is designed to provide travellers with fresh, quality fruit they can take on the airplane to anywhere in Canada.
The program, which launched July 6, 2016, offers various in-season fruits, available for passenger purchase in YLW’s Departures Lounge gift shop, past airport security screening.
High quality, seasonal fruit is sourced from over a dozen local Okanagan fruit growers by De Simone Farms Ltd. After a rigorous selection and quality control process, the fruit is carefully placed in packaging specially designed to protect the fruit during travel, and to fit under aircraft seats or in overhead compartments. Farm to Flight is a convenient way for domestic travellers to bring home a unique, Okanagan gift to share with friends and family.
The program offers an opportunity to promote locally grown fruit across Canada. Not only does the program bring new opportunity and national reach to local farmers, but it also brings awareness of Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley to communities across Canada.
YLW’s Farm to Flight program aims to provide travellers with fresh, Okanagan-grown fruit that they can take on the airplane to anywhere in Canada.
Farm to Flight offers various in-season fruits (including cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears and apples) for passenger purchase in YLW’s Departures Lounge gift shop, past airport security screening.
Specially packaged in containers that fit under airplane seats, Farm to Flight is a convenient way for domestic travellers to bring home a piece of the Okanagan.
Local produce distributer, De Simone Farms Ltd. obtains the fruit from various partnering Okanagan growers. The growers are all located in the Okanagan Valley.
All growers are Canada GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) Food Safety Certified and part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
All fruit sold at YLW comes from De Simone Farms Ltd.’s warehouse. To inquire about selling your fruit to De Simone Farms, you can reach them at 250-765-7615.
YLW is committed to ensuring that the role agriculture and agri-tourism plays in the Okanagan Valley is robustly represented and promoted at the airport. Farm to Flight offers a unique opportunity to promote locally-grown, quality, Okanagan fruit across Canada.
Sysco Kelowna has stringent safety regulations and protocols in place to ensure that all produce delivered to YLW is safe and quality product. Sysco requires their suppliers to have food safety protocols in place, such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), a certificate that ensures growers follow good agricultural practices. These practices address environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm processes which result in safe, quality food.
Due to international travel regulations, Farm to Flight is currently a domestic program. Fruit can travel anywhere within Canada.
Yes - all fruit purchased can be brought on the plane with you. All fruit is carefully packed and fits conveniently under your airplane seat or in overhead storage bins.
Apples, peaches, pears and nectarines are packed in three-pound boxes with a carrying handle. Cherries are packed in clear clamshell containers, similar to what would be found in fruit markets or grocery stores.