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Every item of fresh market produce you purchase was grown and hand-picked by one of our farmers.
Why not keep the connection personal?

Know what grows best: How Clark Fruit and Vegetables evolved from barrel making to tomato farming

Tomato – tomahto: It doesn’t matter how you say it, the Clarks know how to grow it In the heart of Appalachia, in Ohio near the West Virginia border, with the mighty Ohio river flowing nearby, the Clark family knows what grows best on the land that has been in the family for five generations:…

Brothers, sisters, apples and love: Peace Valley Orchard, Inc. is at the heart of this family

Since 1948, the Simmons family has grown apples at Peace Valley Orchard, Inc., selling them in a farm stand to local families. Over the years, the business has grown and changed, but the family ties run deep – brothers and sisters working together to grow not only apples, but a sense of community and meaning…

From city life to the country, the Norkus family knows peaches

In the 1950s, James and Julia Norkus were tired of the city life in Pittsburgh, so they left in search of peace and quiet in the country. They wanted to live on one of three different kinds of businesses: An orchard, a golf course or a pig farm. Their son, Mike Norkus, is eternally grateful…

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New Year’s resolutions with Burnham Orchards

A new year brings the chance to make changes, plan ahead and reflect with New Year’s resolutions – especially a year like we just had. Joe Burnham of Burnham Orchards is doing just that. Fresh Forward: What changes, if any, are you looking forward to in 2021?  Fresh Forward sat down with Joe Burnham to…

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Farm Life at MacQueen Orchards

A growing farm fueled by family and the community. Around 1936, Hugh MacQueen bought a bushel of apples from one of his only neighbors on a gravel road in Holland, Ohio. That next year, MacQueen Orchards had five acres of trees planted, which has grown to more than 200 acres over the years. Hugh passed…


Six Generations at Grobe Fruit Farm

Family history and a love for apples – and pumpkins – run deep. Grobe Fruit Farm started as a dairy and potato farm in 1905 and has grown with each generation. Today, Grobe Fruit Farm is operated by its fifth and sixth generations, including Laurie Grobe and Brooke Grobe, fifth and sixth generations respectively, who…

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Planning for the Future at Bachman Sunny Hill Fruit Farm

Location and forecasting are distinctions on this family farm. Bachman Sunny Hill Fruit Farm started in Carroll, Ohio with a handful of fruit trees. Gregg Bachman’s great grandmother would take the fruit to town, he assumes as a way to help contribute to the family income at the time. Gregg is the fourth generation, and…

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