From the apples in the orchard to the zucchini in the garden, what the Davisons grow is sold directly to the consumer. Agri-tourism is a large part of their Vernon, British Columbia business from the Johnny Popper Orchard Tour with Grandpa Bob or Tom, to the famous Deep-Dish Apple Pie from their on-farm bakery or restaurant.
“Our daughter Laura has a business degree and she has taken over managing the bakery and developing recipes using produce we grow on the farm. My husband Kevin is our technology specialist keeping the 13 computers on the farm running. Our other daughter Leah lives in Alberta and looks after promoting Davison Orchards on Twitter and Facebook and helps keep our website up to date,” said Tamra Davison, marketing director.
Tamra and Laura also run canning workshops. “Laura and I decided to have free on-site canning demonstrations, and began by showing how to can apricots. That means people can eat locally grown fruit year round. In September we will have a Harvest Festival with samples and recipes on how to use different melons, etc., another on canning tomatoes and making salsa, and one to show how to can pears and prune plums and how to use squash. The last workshop will be on how to make apple juice, apple salsa and apple butter,” said Davison.
There’s also guided tours for all ages, group tours that can be arranged with three days’ notice, a program for five- to eight-year-olds to be a supervised farmer for a day, and birthday party packages.
Davison Orchards is known for its wide selection of apples that the Davisons have been growing since 1933. These can be purchased fresh and they also make fresh-pressed apple juice that is used in their butters and syrup.
The restaurant serves healthy meals using local foods and the bakery sells pies made with Davison Orchards’ fruit. There is also an on-site store where the juice, jams, jellies and preserves can be purchased.
Davison Orchards is open from May 1 until Thanksgiving. Visit the website at www.davisonorchards.ca. †