|The farm was purchased by Brent’s great, great grandfather in the mid-1800’s. It was passed down through the generations until Brent’s grandfather, Ken Macklam and his uncle, Doug Macklam ran the farm together. The orchard was started sometime in the early 1940s and a dairy herd was part of the operation until the mid-60’s when the herd was sold. Brent’s uncle Doug purchased the farm around 1970 from his father and now leases the farm to Brent and Beth.
|Brent loves farming and took over the operation sometime in the mid-80s as well as growing 80 acres of grain corn and soybeans.
|Shortly after that Brent and Beth decided they would try to sell some of the apples directly to the public. They also installed a cold storage unit in the storage building with the hopes they could market some of the apples to Toronto. This plan did not work, however Beth and her mother Lilian, started selling apples from a picnic table, then from a tent and finally moved the retail portion into the storage building – business was picking up!
|Beth and Brent felt that some form of entertainment for their customers was needed so after some trials and tribulations they successfully designed and built a corn maze, planted pumpkins and put in a raspberry patch.
Now Beth and Brent have decided to semi-retire and are no longer operating the orchard. As a result, pick your own and picked apples have discontinued. Looking forward, they are excited to be able to offer a more focused and enjoyable experience with the offerings of mazes, pumpkins, raspberries and their market for everyone.
Beth and Brent feel privileged to continue to welcome their guests every year and are honoured to be included in the family traditions of their visitors.