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Four generations with a passion for the land
Excellent soils and a gentle south-facing slope attracted McKay Birtch and his family to this farm in 1946. Operated as a mixed farm for several years, the first apple trees were planted in 1956. One of those original trees greets you as you enter the laneway.
Current owners, grandson Bob and his wife Dyann, purchased the farm from McKay in 1978. Bob and Dyann planted new orchards and built new storage buildings all the while raising a young family of three boys. Now three young men, sons Josh, Matthew and Nathan as well as their wives and children are all involved with the farm in varying degrees.
From the beginning McKay encouraged folk from town to purchase produce fresh from his fertile fields. Bob and Dyann carried on with that tradition. After all “Family traditions begin at Birtch Farms”
In 1993 the decision was made to expand upon that interest. A retail store was created in a portion of the barn and the first apple festival was hosted that fall, receiving rave reviews and becoming an annual event. Over the years it has become one of the region’s most popular fall destinations.