Three generations at Davidson Orchards Country Village serve up their famous deep-dish pie, the bountiful produce or the North Okanagan and a cornucopia of fall fun.
Imagine strolling down a quaint street reminiscent of a country village in the 1930’s. Suddenly a scent wafts by - apples kissed by cinnamon baking in a buttery crust. You can’t resist. Wandering over to the bustling cafe, you order a slice. At a table on the patio, the valley views are sublime and children’s laughter from the playground mixes with the sound of a distant tractor. That very first taste delivers bliss!
Welcome to Davison Orchards Country Village, a working family farm nestled against the rolling hillside in the Bella Vista region of South Vernon – a place where there is only fun and the words of playwright, David Mamet, make perfect sense:
“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
The Davison family serves much more than enticing confections. They provide an authentic farm experience, unique in today’s world of large commercial and factory farming operations. Their love of the land and passion about sustainable agriculture, fresh food and family tradition is an inspiration.
As the deep greens of summer morph into the fiery colours of autumn, the women of the Davison family share the fascinating story of the farm, their business...and your food.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Farming is not so much a single job, but a combination of vocations. With ten family members actively involved in the running of the farm, this couldn’t be truer for the Davisons.
Tom is the horticulturist, but Tamra, a city girl and professional designer, is responsible for creating the warm, country ambiance. She laughs, “I told Tom,‘You grow it. I’ll sell it.’”
Grandpa Bob at 84 years old is still active in the orchard, helping with pruning, giving tours, drinking coffee and sharing stories. “His favourite thing is to drive around in his quad and tell Tom what to do,” Tamra jokes.
Most days you can find 85-year old Dora (or Nana, as she is known by her grandkids) in the bakery preparing her famous pies. “Many of the recipes used on the farm originate from Nana’s recipe box. She’s our quality control person.” Tom and Tamra’s daughter, Leah, smiles, “She tastes everything.”
FARMING: A FAMILY TRADITION
In 1933, Tom and May Davison realized their collective dream to purchase land - the site of today’s Davison Orchards Country Village. Those early years were difficult, eking out a living from their MacIntosh Apple orchard and surviving the Great Depression.