El Vista Orchard
ABOUT THE COMPANY
El Vista Orchards is home to 500 acres of apples grown for wholesale in Pennsylvania and throughout the South.
1160 Cold Spring Road Fairfield PA 17320
Located in Fairfield, Pa., El Vista Orchards is home to 500 acres of apples grown for wholesale in Pennsylvania and throughout the South. Dave Benner, co-owner of the orchard, always knew he would someday take over the farm his grandfather started. And today, after more than 25 years of running the operation, he’s in no hurry to retire.
“It’s a very exciting time to be in the apple industry,” he says. “There’s always something new to learn.”
Among the most exciting developments for Dave is the growing demand for U.S. apples internationally, and the relationships that evolve from doing business with these markets.
“Prior to 2008, we didn’t have a lot of sales in India and Russia. Now these countries are coming to us for U.S. apples, and we have more global customers than ever before. It’s like opening a new chapter in my career.”
The intrigue for maintaining a thriving U.S. apple industry runs in the family, as Dave’s son is involved in the farm and the orchard is on course to become a fourth-generation legacy.