Thistle Farm is located on the west side of the scenic North Thompson River Valley just 16 km north of Kamloops, British Columbia. The former 10 acre market garden was purchased by our family in 1994 and we then spent the next two years building our home.
Gardening had always been a passion of Dieter’s and farming organically fit with our personal philosophy of promoting sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment. In 1997 we put in an acre of vegetables and attended the Kamloops Farmers’ Market. The following year we applied for organic status and achieved certified organic status in 1999 with the Shuswap Thompson Organic Producers Association, #145. In 2001 we were also certified with the Certified Organic Association of British Columbia. As demand has grown so has our vegetable production and we now have approximately 7 acres in vegetables.
We attend the Kamloops Farmers’ Market from May through October. Items we market include bedding plants, fresh fruits and vegetables. We hope to soon be able to add value added items.
Due to our commitment to providing the community with healthy, nutritious produce we developed a farm to door delivery service in 1998. Our farm to door programme offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and some dry goods on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly service basis depending on customer needs. We also provide as requested service for those of you that can’t commit to a schedule.
We are currently in the process of building a commercial kitchen. It is our hope to be able to provide you with a variety of value added items. These would include baking, canned preserves and dehydrated fruit. It is also our plan to provide the community with a venue for functions (reunions, weddings etc) where we will cater the events.
Thistle Farm aims to continually address the needs of you the community and welcome your input at any time.