Thomas was born and raised on a beef farm in Caledon. Growing up he spent a lot of time working at his grandfather’s orchard, Wilson’s Orchard, which had been a working orchard in Caledon since 1952.
Thomas attended the University of Windsor and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After obtaining his degree, Thomas returned to Wilson’s Orchard as the manager and bought in with his parents, Mike & Irene Wilson in 1999. In 2002, the year they were married, Thomas and Nicole purchased the remaining share of the farm from his parents.
Thomas is actively involved in the local community. He is a past President of the Golden Horseshoe Soil and Crop Improvement Association, a previous Director with the Peel Federation of Agriculture and sat on both the Caledon Agricultural Advisory Committee the Mayfield West Advisory Group. You’ll usually find Tom baking in the wood-fired oven or working on the cider in the cellar.
Born and raised in Caledon by her Irish mother and British father, cider is in her blood. A love of animals from an early age led Nicole to veterinary medicine.
Nicole graduated from the University of Guelph in 1995 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Upon graduation, Nicole worked for 5 years in private small animal practice in Caledon.
Nicole met Thomas in 1999 and became an active part of the orchard business while continuing to work at the clinic. In 2000, Nicole joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition and spent eight years working in various roles from Veterinary Account Manger, Customer Marketing Manager and District Sales Manager for the Veterinary Business for Central & Eastern Canada.
She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Ontario Veterinary Group, a group of 6 veterinary hospitals located in Toronto, Whitby and Ottawa.
You’ll find Nicole at the cidery on weekends; working in the office, chasing her busy toddler around the shop or chatting with customers in the bakery.