On a warm July morning we assembled a group of Windsor bloggers and took a short trip out to Comber to meet Richard Thibert and tour his farm. We were greeted warmly by Richard and his dog, Pharoah.
Like many farmers, Richard Thibert has another job working for a company other than his own. At one point in history, farmers only took care of their own property and thrived on this livelihood. Those days are long gone. So why do people still farm? From farmers that I have spoken with who are working one job but also trying to make their own farm a viable business, most of the answers seem to be the same:
“I love it. This is what I should be doing. I care about the food that I provide for my family and others.”
Richard Thibert feels much the same way and for 2 hours, we got an in-depth tour of the property, learning about the land, the animals and Richard’s commitment to sustainable farming. Along with the natural feed that his animals receive, the animals are allowed to roam in grassy pastures. A man-made pond surrounded by wild flowers sits at the back of the property, creating a natural habitat for various species including turtles, frogs and birds. The crops are non-GMO and are free from “unnecessary chemical inputs”.
Not only can you buy a loaf of bread at the farm, you can see the wheat field where the grain grew, buy the flour that was ground onsite to make the bread, and meet the farmer/baker who made the bread for you. What a great experience for anyone!
Here’s what you can buy from Thibert Farms:
- Angus beef
- Bread (whole wheat honey or multigrain)
- Cookies (oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chip)
- Pancake Mix (regular or multigrain)
Thanks to the Downtown Farmers Market, you can now meet Richard each Saturday at the old Greyhound Bus Terminal and purchase fresh bread, cookies, flour and pancake mix. Or call him at 519.682.0204 if you plan on visiting the farm.
Richard Thibert cares about what he feeds to his family. Luckily he has grown enough for us too.
Garlic, Thibert Farm, angus beef, flour, pancake mix