It all started with a "letter of intent" to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on August 9th, 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 customers 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 degrees celcius for 30 minutes. It does not get homogenized, so the cream rises to the top. Even in the cocoa milk! The milk is also not standardized into 1% or 3.25%. All whole milk products are straight from the cow, so you will enjoy the benefits of drinking fresh, local milk.
Slate River Dairy Storefront Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-5pm
Thunder Bay Country Market Hours:
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
Jim and Wilma have both been brought up on dairy farms. Jim here in Thunder Bay, and Wilma on a small dairy farm in Radewijk, Netherlands.
Jim had been farming with his two brothers since high school. Wilma came to Canada as a hired 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 a love of caring for the animals that produce high quality raw milk, came a passion to transfer this milk into high quality dairy products. Jim and Wilma had seen a decline in the quality of dairy products in store shelves and decided to "put the milk back into dairy products."