325 Acres of our own produce!
Our farm roots date back to the early 1920's, when Frank and Reba Thomas purchased the land south of Lambeth on Colonel Talbot Rd. It was a family owned farm, used mainly to provide a living for their large family of six children.
A Great History
"I've invested into the farm at home. I look forward to continuing the business my dad and uncle started and to work the land my grandfather worked".
In 1958, sons Don and Hugh along with their wives Marion and Jeanette, decided to take their 100-acre land parcel and grow fruits and vegetables. Their produce along with neighbouring farms was taken to the public which started with a table on the road to a small booth. In 1963 the original market was built. All the farming was done on the original farm until 1973, when the family began purchasing the three farms south of the 401 on Colonel Talbot road. At this time an expansion was done to the original market. The south market was opened in 1979 at Orr drive on the newly purchased land parcels. The south market was closed in 2000 when the original market was once again expanded by the new owners Reg and Sue Thomas. Reg is the son of Don who took over his part of the business in 1989 and retired Hugh in 2000. Reg was a London Knight captain in the early 70's and a member of the 300 point club. He enjoyed 13 years playing professional hockey and whenever interviewed about life after hockey, he always said "I've invested into the farm at home. I look forward to continuing the business my dad and uncle started and to work the land my grandfather worked".
Reg and Sue's four children are involved with the farm. Son Reggie JR. will be found mostly in the field. He is also a volunteer firefighter. The farm gives him the freedom to pursue his dream of firefighting. Daughter Lindsey is a school teacher at Cleardale public school. She is in charge of all the market and u-pick employee scheduling and has always been a tremendous help at the market since she was ten years of age. Son Dylan can be seen at the market where he is learning the business of supply and demand with the public and other farmers. He completed Police foundations at Fanshawe College and his favourite past time is talking about hockey and other sports with our faithful costumers. Son Blake is involved in field work, customer service, planting and can be found visiting our many local suppliers of fresh produce down highway 3 from Windsor to Simcoe. There is certainly a feeling of family when you are involved in farming. It's not a job, it's a way of life.