Owned and Operated by Jeff and Laura Burrer and Family at 5646 Ganges Five Points Road (in Ganges) Shiloh, Ohio. They sell homegrown apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines and fresh, sweet cider as well as local pumpkins, squash and seasonal items. Springhill Fruit Farm began in the spring of 1968 when Ken Sr. and Mary Jane they bought the acreage and started replacing aging full-size trees with semi-dwarf trees. Jeff and Laura began ownership in 1998. There are now over 3500 trees and 28 varieties of apples and a new store and shop for sales. There are now 4 generations involved in the orchard.
Laura says, “Continuing the farm was very important for us to keep the orchard family owned and operated. It is an excellent place to raise a family; teaching them the importance of working hard for a great product. We also get to spend a lot of time together and have enjoyed mentoring other young workers along the way. Our love for farming is watching the trees grow then produce a quality end product that families can enjoy. By buying fruit locally, you will have a fresh, tree ripened, better quality fruit.”
Richland County Farm to Plate is a program that will occur as part of the Farmers’ Market in Shelby. A host of partners, supporters and volunteers have joined together to provide this exciting program to link the growers of our local foods with local chefs and with us, the consumer. Cooking demonstrations, featuring items that can be found at the Farmers’ Market or through local sources, will occur on six occasions this summer. Taste testing, recipes and starter kits will be available. There will be healthy activities for the kids too. Special thanks to the Richland Community Development Group Local foods/Ag sector, the Shelby Foundation and Our Ohio for funding this experience! This is a great opportunity to learn about and support our local food economy, and to be newly inspired to eat healthy and to eat fresh.
Stay tuned for farm and chef information on our Facebook page! Or contact: Fred Cooke, Richland County Farm to Plate, (419) 295-6583