Evan and Andrea Darrow
For Evan and Andrea Darrow, third-generation owners of Green Mountain Orchards, the orchard life is a charmed one.
The 125-acre farm, established by Evan’s grandfather, dates back to 1914 and features stands of McIntosh, Cortland and Northern Spy from that era. Today, the Darrows grow nearly twenty apple varieties, with an emphasis on McIntosh, Cortland and Honeycrisp.
“Owning an orchard allows us to lead a balanced life,” Andrea says. “When we’re outside pruning under the sunset, I realize that what we have is such a gift. When we’re working inside in retail, our customers are a reminder of how lucky we are to own such a beautiful business.”
The Darrows have evolved the business to keep up with trends. “We expanded our ‘U-Pick’ to include blueberries, peaches, pumpkins and cut-your-own Christmas trees.”In addition to fresh produce, Green Mountain Orchard offers fresh baked cider donuts, pressed-on-site apple cider, and horse-drawn hay rides complete the visitor experience.
Many orchards are faced with legacy challenges, but not the Darrows’. “All three children enjoy the orchard,” she says. “Our son plans to take over the business, but each child is hoping to fit the orchard into their lives somehow. We couldn’t be more grateful.”