The first apple seed to germinate on what is now Rogers Orchards was planted by Peter Rogers’ Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Chauncey Merriman, in 1809, and the family has been growing apples in Southington, Conn., ever since.
“To make it 203 years, through wars, the Great Depression and everything Mother Nature has thrown our way, gives us an amazing legacy that we’re really proud of,” Rogers says.
One of the oldest and largest fruit farms in Connecticut, Rogers Orchards spans 275 acres and produces more than 20 apple varieties, as well as peaches pears, nectarines, plums and apricots.
“I love working with my family on this land,” he says. “I also get a lot of satisfaction from seeing and hearing about people enjoying our fruit.”
In September and October, the Rogers welcome visitors to take in all the farm has to offer, from Pick-Your-Own to its famous apple cider donuts.
To learn more about the history of Rogers Orchards, varieties available for picking and other farm updates, visit its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RogersOrchards, or website www.RogersOrchards.com.