In 1981, Mike & Velma Downes began planting pear and apple trees on their property. It started out as a small hobby for them, and a great way to get their kids, Brian & Emily, doing some chores and farm work. Over the years, they planted varieties that sounded fun, tasty, or just plain interesting. The orchard eventually got to the point where there were far more apples than the family could handle.
So, they began to sell the apples on weekends to friends and neighbors off of the picnic table.
As the trees grew, so did the orchard, and as Mike neared retirement a barn was erected with a cold storage room for keeping the fruit. Meanwhile, their daughter, Emily, and her husband, Mike, were coming over most weekends to help out with the ever growing crowds.
In 2017 Mike and Velma retired from daily operations from the orchard.
Long time customers of the orchard, Steve and Krissy Shorey, have taken over daily operations of the farm. Mike has been patiently training Steve on running the farm. Similar to Mike and Velma, Steve and Krissy’s kids, Parker, Ellisyn, and Emmett, are now helping with some chores and farm work. We are excited and honored to continue to Downes Family traditions into 2018 and beyond.
The Downes and Shorey Families welcome you and hope you will come visit us in the Fall.