Courtenay, BC | 187 km from Lower Mainland
This family-run business was founded by microbiologist Scott DiGuistini and his wife Merissa Myles, a community economic development specialist. They are both Vancouver Islanders, yogurt lovers and passionately committed to building a strong local food system and sustainable, green economy.
As a couple, they always knew they wanted to work on a natural product business to improve both human and environmental health. Inspiration for Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt came when they witnessed appreciation for the origins of food in France and tasted yogurt that was not industrialy prepared. Scott & Merissa LOVE yogurt and knew that Vancouver Island had all the right ingredients for a top quailty, artisan product, but nothing existed, so the two decided to create something.
Scott took his passion for microbiology to the kitchen, making yogurt for friends and family, connected with local farmers and dairy processors, and Tree Island was born.
Tree Island yogurt honors the bountiful landscape they call home. All ingredients are from small, family farms. Each batch is handcrafted using a long, slow cooking method. The result is whole milk yogurt that is true to the maker's roots.