80th Anniversary Pie Celebration, SATURDAY , May 18th
The Davison family is celebrating their 80th anniversary of farming in Vernon.
They have been looking back over the years and the many changes to Vernon and their farm since 1933.
Then: Milk was .42 a gallon, now it is $4.56
Then the average house price was $5759, now it is $353,000
Then the most popular apple variety was Macintosh, now it is Honeycrisp
Then the population of Greater Vernon was 3937 (1934) now it is over 58,500
Then the Davison family farmed 34 acres, now we farm 120 acres
Then we sold our apples to the packing house, now we sell directly to our customers.
Then Tom and May Davison farmed alone and were new immigrants to Canada, Now, there are three generations working and farming together including grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandkids.
On Saturday, May 18th the Davison family is hosting an anniversary celebration at their farm. They will be sharing lots of photos and stories from the past to the present, as well as giving away a family Seasons Pass to one lucky family. Anyone 80 years or older be honored with free ice cream and a free Johnny Popper ride on Saturday. “We asked our customers on Facebook for some ideas on how we should celebrate our anniversary. They said, “free apple pie” so that is what we are going to do”, reports Laura Shaw, head baker and fourth generation Davison. “We have decided to serve it up in style and are baking one massive apple pie, big enough to serve a crowd!” The pie is 80 inches around and Laura is confident that this one pie will feed 80 people. “It’s our version of an anniversary cake”, Laura says, “but we figured go big or go home!” The pie will be cut at 2pm and will be first come first serve.
May 18th also marks the first day of the “Great Pie Giveaway”, the Davisons have decided to keep up the free pie theme and will be giving away one free (regular sized) Deep Dish Apple pie each and every day for 80 days from May 18th to August 4th. There will be a different way to win each day so watch the Davison Orchards Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.
“We want to thank Vernon for helping us keep farming through all the changes that have happened over the last 80 year, we couldn’t do it without our customers” says Tamra Davison, marketing director. “We are looking forward eating pie and celebrating together!”
The pie cutting as well as the Seasons Pass giveaway will begin at 2pm in front of the country market at Davison Orchards, Saturday, May 18th Call 250-549-3266 for more information.
Source:Vernon Population: Vernon Museum Archives, Barbara Ball
Average house price: http://www.livingin-canada.com/house-prices-canada.html