On our family farm we believe that supporting local farms is an integral component of sustaining small, family operated businesses. By supporting local farmers today, you can help to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. Buying locally grown produce and meat products guarantees the customer fresher, tastier and more nutritious products. By cutting out travel time for food which diminishes quality and by reducing pollution and decreasing transport distances, you are ensuring fresher products for your family and helping to preserve the environment.
Meet the Thatcher Farms’ Team
Dana, Adam, Sophie, William and Thomas Thatcher
The Thatcher Family Farm is definitely a family run business. The Thatcher Family have opened up their farm to the public to promote and offer local, sustainable products from their farm. Adam, a University of Guelph graduate in agriculture has farmed his whole life. Dana, a school teacher, has left the education field to run and establish the Farm Market, Butcher and Bakery. Together with their three children they raise beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. Sophie, William and Thomas are farmers who work hard doing the chores and caring for the animals alongside their parents. When not farming (which is a rare occurrence), the family enjoys campfires down by the stream in their back field and eating together daily, as a family. Growing and eating food is at the heart of the Thatcher Farms’ family business.
Jim began his career in the meat business as a teenager making in a local butcher shop in Guelph. Jim is the Head Butcher and Manager at Thatcher Farms. He is a wonderful leader and teacher of all things meat. He takes great care in providing customers with the perfect cut of meat. Many customers have enjoyed his Butchery Demo evenings on the farm. When he does not have a knife in his hand, Jim can be found on his mountain bike on the many trails Ontario has to offer with his wife Sara. He is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman and spends a lot of time maintaining the beautiful trails for others to enjoy.
Greg is always the first one arrive to the farm each morning ready to start! He is the Jack of all trades at Thatcher Farms. He spends his time in the Butcher Shop taking care of the cured meats, packaging meats, maintaining inventory. When not at the farm, Greg enjoys time with his lovely wife and their three beautiful grandchildren. Greg enjoys buying, selling and collecting retro video games and systems. Greg’s favorite cut of meat is of course a 2 ½” thick ribeye steak!
Greg comes to Thatcher Farms with a background in culinary arts. He is now honing his butchery skills as a full-time Butcher at the farm. He is responsible for getting all the beautiful cuts of meat to our customers. When not at the farm Greg enjoys time with his wife Eva and their son Layne. Greg is an avid Chef who enjoys craft beer and snowboarding. His favorite cut of meat is the flat iron.
Cindy has tremendous experience in the meat business. At Thatcher Farms Cindy is responsible for packaging all of the meat cuts, preparing customer orders as well as serving customers in the Farm Market. Cindy always offers wonderful inspiration to customers when helping them choose a specific cut. When not at the farm, Cindy enjoy sewing, fishing, cooking, landscaping and recycling antiques. She also enjoys time with her husband Bert, her three children Melissa, Emily and Levi and her three grandchildren Aiden, Lilly and Sammy. Her favorite cut of meat is the beef tenderloin.
Shannon comes from a family of foodies. Her background in the culinary arts is what inspired her to learn more about the art of butchery. She is a full time butcher at Thatcher Farms, and when not at the farm Shannon loves cooking, being outdoors, cottage life, food photography and travelling. Her favorite cuts of meat are pork belly and beef brisket.
Bonjour, my name is Marie-Paule. I grew up in the Champagne area of France. I trained and worked as a butcher charcutier for eight years in Paris. I am also certified as a fine dining chef and a pastry chef. I came to Canada thirty years ago and have also worked in Jamaica, Australia and Costa Rica. It is a pleasure to bring all my culinary skills here to Thatcher Farm and Bake Shop.
Charmaine comes to Thatcher Farms with a great love for food and cooking. She is the friendly face you see in the farm market offering inspiration and cooking tips to customers. When not at the farm, Charmaine loves knitting, mixed Media Art, quilting, travel, reading (especially cookbooks and books about food). She is married to Rob and together they have 3 children.
My Story: “In 2010 I first ordered custom beef sausages from Thatcher Farms for my family when we returned from living for 6 years in Australia, they only eat beef sausages there. I’ve been cooking with their meat ever since and I jumped at the chance to work at Thatcher in the late summer of 2015. It is my happy place.”
Laura worked in childcare for 10 years before running away to sea to work on a tall ship. Now that she’s back on land she’s happy to be working at Thatcher Farms and sharing her love of local food. She enjoys the variety of working in the store, the cutting room and the kitchen. Laura loves to knit, read, travel and participate in triathlons as well as making and eating baked goods – a hobby her friends are most happy for her to continue!
Tosha comes to Thatcher Farms with retail experience and is the beautiful face that greets you in our farm market. When not selling meats at the farm Tosha works extremely hard as an entrepreneur at her home based aesthetics business. Tosha enjoys spending time with her husband and their puppy Mitch. Her favorite cut of meat is definitely a ribeye steak on the BBQ!
Contributions & Donations
Thatcher Farms is extremely fortunate to be a part of a wonderful community. We support and donate to the following wonderful initiatives:
- Curl for a Cause in Wellington County
- Power of Play in Fergus, Ontario
- Rockwood Lions, Rockwood, Ontario
- The Whistlestop Cooperative Preschool, Puslinch, Ontario
- Eramosa Public School, Rockwood, Ontario
Photography credit goes to Milton Young. Dana’s father Milton enjoys photography as a hobby. He enjoys taking pictures of the outdoors as well as people but especially of his 6 grandchildren. He has been capturing the farm and farm life for years and we thank him for capturing the life that goes on in our Butcher Shop and Farm Market.