Frequently Asked Questions
Check out the FAQ's below for answers to our most common questions! Not answered in enough detail? Give us a call at the Farm and our staff will do their best to answer your questions.
No. There is no admission charge - coming to our farm is free. Playing in the Crazy Cow Kids Corral and lower playground areas, and visiting the farm animals are also free.
There is a cost for our Johnny Popper Farm Tours ($7 per adult, $4 per child, free for children under 2) and U-Pick when in season.
We are open EVERYDAY, including holidays, from May 1st to October 31st .
See our daily hours and directions to our farm here.
Keep in mind that the café closes 30 minutes before the rest of the farm everyday.
Our Farmhouse Cafe offers several options that are made without gluten.
We try to always have our Tomato Herb Soup as one of the daily gluten-free choices. Some of our other soups are also made without gluten. We offer homemade chilli without gluten in our fall menu.
Our Breakfast Sandwiches can also be ordered on this bread. Please keep in mind that our products may come in contact with equipment and other products that DO CONTAIN gluten, so we cannot accommodate a severe allergy.
The majority of our beverages are also gluten-free, including our famous Apple Juice and Applelanches.
If you are looking for treats, we carry pre-packaged, gluten-free Wendel's Cookies
Please feel free to ask us for ingredient information about any of our menu items – we are happy to help!
We know that your furry friends are part of the family and they are welcome in the outdoor areas of our farm as long as they are friendly and on a leash. In accordance with health regulations, no animals (except service dogs) are permitted in the market or on the patio. We have some picnic tables away from the main Café Patio where guests are welcome to sit with their pets.
No. There is no outside food on our farm. We have a wide range of options available for both meals and snacks in our Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery as well as both indoor and outdoor seating options. Also we will have to-go lunches available in the market that will be perfect for enjoying anywhere on the farm.
Of course we make exceptions for those with dietary restrictions who need to bring their own food.
Please keep in mind that we are not government-funded and we charge no admission, our food & produce sales are what keep our farm in operation.
Our Farm tours are on weekends in May and June, everyday in July and August and Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September and October. Please see our Farm Tours page for all specific the details including times, costs, and more information on the experience.
Family Harvest Tours are every Tuesday in September and October. Click here for more information.
Please see our In Season section for a list of what is being freshly picked. We update this list every single day!
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No. Although many of our methods would be considered organic approved we never claim to be organic. We feel that the organic label has somewhat lost its meaning and become more about marketing than environmental stewardship.
We are absolutely committed to farming in the most sustainable way possible. We use many “green” methods including drip irrigation, mulching, and crop rotation Please see our Sustainability Statement for more information.
You can be confident that when you eat something grown or made here at Davison Orchards – you are making a choice to eat food that has been farmed in a way that protects our land and community for future generations.
Yes, all the produce grown on our farm is GMO free.
Generally, only large-scale crops have GMO seed options. GMO seeds are not practical for small scale farmers like us.
There is so much false information about GMOs. We would like to encourage all our customers to learn the facts so you can make an educated decision about your food choices. Whenever you can, visit the farm for yourself and talk to the farmer. When you do this are making an educated decision about how you will spend your food dollars and this makes a huge difference to protect our food system and our planet.
For more information about our growing practices at Davison Orchards. See our Sustainability Statement.
The “Johnny Popper Train” is a fun, interactive way to get out and see for yourself how your food is grown.
The train cars are made of old apple bins with padded, covered seating. These cars are pulled by a restored antique John Deere tractor.
The traditional tour takes you through our orchard; by apple trees, plum trees and peach trees as well as by fields of tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and more. This tour involves one stop where one of our guides will let you go into the orchard or fields to see, touch, smell (and sometimes even taste!) one of our in-season crops. The focus of the talk changes as the seasons do, but all year long our farm tours are a chance to have some fun while you learn the story behind your food.
Please see our tours page for more information about all the various kinds of tours we offer.
The tours last approximately 25 minutes – but it depends how many questions you ask!
Yes! Here are some of the ways to save at the farm:
- Seasons Tour Pass means you save $$, it pays for itself on your third visit!
- We have a weekly special in the café – a bakery treat and a coffee or tea for $3.99. See our Café Page for more info
- While produce is in season there is often great deals available for small size or seconds – just ask in the Produce Barn!
We have u-pick tomatoes and peppers in season (generally August through September), sold by the lb.
We offer u-pick apples every Fri-Sat-Sun in September, starting on August 30. (flat fee for a specific amount).
We offer a u-pick pumpkin experience every Fri-Sat-Sun in October.
For another way to get out and experience the farm first hand, consider joining one of our Johnny Popper Farm Tours.
Click the above photo for instuctions on how to bake our frozen goods.
Our Deep Dish Apple Pie, Apple Crate Berry Pie, and Apple Crumble pie are made, frozen and ready to bake. Buy a frozen pie to stock up for the off-season or bring one home with you if you’re traveling, and your can create your own Apple Crate Bakery in your Kitchen. Enjoy a delicious pie with flavours of the Okanagan all year long.
Our frozen pie shells take the hard work out of baking a pie. It is guaranteed you’ll be able to make a delicious pie with your own flavours and we do the hard work. Save some pie shells through the winter and you can use them for holiday baking or special meals. Check out Nana’s famous Meat Pie recipe, for one of our families favourite recipes and a winter use for frozen pie shells.
We can talk and talk about our pie dough, and how it makes our pies legendary and delicious. Now, you can make a homemade pie without the hassle of making a pastry, we do that for you! We sell our dough balls frozen and in packs of 4 which makes 2 double crusted pies or 4 single shelled pies.
Baking instructions are included in the frozen pies! We are happy to offer you instructions for the pie shells and pie dough but will never give up our Apple Pie recipe!