SLATE RIVER DAIRY
Jim and Wilma both have been brought up on farms and in particular, on dairy farms. Jim here in Thunder Bay, while his father also worked in a processing dairy "Dairy Best", in what was called Fort William at that time. Wilma was brought up on a small dairy farm in Radewijk, in the Netherlands.
Jim had been farming with his two brothers and families ever since highschool. Wilma came to Canada as a hire hand working on farms in Thunder Bay. They met here in Thunder Bay and were married in 1991, and had four children.
In 1996, Jim and Wilma bought their own farm which they called Riverbend Farm, for the Slate River bends right through their property. With the love of caring for the animals that produce a high quality raw milk came a passion to transfer this high quality raw milk into high quality dairy products. Jim and Wilma had seen a decline of quality in dairy products on the store shelves and so decided to "put milk back into dairy products."
It all started with a "letter of intent" to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs on August 9, 2011. Four years later on August 17, 2015 the first batch of milk and yogurt were made in their brand new facility, "Slate River Dairy."
Jim and Wilma Mol believe that customer should have access to the highest quality milk, in its most natural state, straight from the cow and only pasteurized. The milk gets pasteurized at 63 Celcius for 30 minutes and it does not get homogenized so the cream rises to the top, even in the cocoa milk. This milk is the closest you are going to get to raw milk and its most natural state. The milk also does not get standardized into 1% or 3.25%. All whole milk products are made from milk straight from the cow, so all the goodness the cow puts in the milk is how you will enjoy all the benefits of drinking this fresh, local milk. Check out our product page for more information on all the products they sell.