Cover image for “Davison Orchards Cookbook” by Rachel Davison, Tamra Davison, and Laura Shaw. The background image is a photograph of the authors, three smiling white women wearing jeans, sitting in an old, shiny, red pick-up truck with “Davison Orchards Est. 1933” scrawled on the door. Behind is a farm house and the Okanagan Valley further in the distance. In the top right corner is the title in a bold, dark blue, serif font it reads, “The Davison Orchards Cookbook: Favourite Recipes from the Farm and Family”. Along the bottom of the page is the three author names in a white, all-caps, serif font reading, “Rachel Davison, Tamra Davison, Laura Shaw”. The cover photo is by Callum Kyllonen and the cover design is by April Tran.

The Davison Orchards Cookbook

Favourite Recipes from the Farm and Family

ISBN 9781771514354
Hardcover | Publication Date: June 11, 2024
Book Dimensions: 7.25 in. x 10 in.
272 Pages

About the Book

A beautifully photographed collection of fruit- and vegetable-forward dishes and home-style treats from the family behind Davison Orchards in Vernon, BC.

From their multigeneration family farm in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan region, Rachel, Tamra, and Laura bring you the Davison Orchards Cookbook, a celebration of local produce, seasonal gatherings, and family wisdom. The book features old family recipes and new ones, customer favourites from the orchard’s Farmhouse Café and Bakery, and even some surprise hits from family members who rarely cook. With instructions for vegetable storage, fool-proof canning techniques, and dashes of family wisdom, the book invites you to bring the fun and expertise of the Davisons’ operation into your own kitchen.

These 100 recipes are accompanied by beautiful photographs of produce, finished dishes, and farm life. Their cooking expertise is delivered with a sense of humour and lessons the trio have learned from each other and the land. (Nana’s advice? Make your bed, then plan dinner.)

With chapters on quick breads, breakfasts, soups, sides, mains, desserts and coffee breaks, sweets, preserves, and beverages, you’ll find everything you need for feeding early risers, pulling together last-minute potluck contributions, and stocking the freezer for winter. Learn to make vegetable-forward Davison favourites like Zucchini Pancakes, Country Corn Chowder, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, Summer in a Pan, Nana’s Apple Slice, Pear Cardamom Crisp, Grandma Quast’s Pickled Beets, Rhubarb Slush, and so many more!


About the Author(s)

Rachel Davison is a fourth-generation member of the Davison family. When not in the kitchen with her five young helpers producing the popular cooking videos on the Davison Orchards YouTube channel, she can be found taking care of the orchard’s farm animals in the log barn.

Tamra Davison oversees retail and marketing at Davison Orchards. A member of the third generation of Davisons, Tamra, with her husband Tom, has been instrumental in growing the farm into the bustling attraction it is today. Apart from her passion for retail, Tamra also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, and kayaking, often with her grandkids in tow.

Laura Shaw is a fourth-generation Davison and leader of the food services team at Davison Orchards, managing the preparation of the goodies that line the shelves in the farm’s store. When not at work she can often be found in her own kitchen procrasti-baking with her three children.


“Any time you’re offered a family recipe that has been perfected and shared through generations, you don’t hesitate to accept it. And if you’re given the chance to obtain a whole cookbook of such recipes featuring farm-fresh vegetables and fruits, you jump on it! The powerful connection between family and food and the celebration of farm life truly shines through every sumptuous page of The Davison Orchards Cookbook.” —Sheryl Normandeau, author of The Little Prairie Book of Berries and co-author of the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series