Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why I Farm: Downing Fuit Farm



What is the name of your farm? Does that have any special significance?
Downing Fruit Farm and has been since it opened 176 years ago 

Where is your farm?
New Madison, Ohio

Tell me about your farm.
Downing Fruit Farm has been open and running for the past 176 years. The father and daughters that I spoke to are the 7th and 8th generations of the farm and want to pass on the tradition/family business for years to come.

What do you grow or produce?
Apples, Apple Cider, Apple Butter, Honey, Green Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes, Squash, and other produce items.

Do you produce food year round?
Yes, but the majority of business is done between Labor Day and Halloween with the apple sales and production. 

Have you always been a farmer?
Yes

What do you wish more folks knew about farming in general?
How labor intensive the business actually is, especially for fruit farmers. Contrary to grain farming, the fruit farm business is time sensitive and the product must be harvested and sold right away, because it is perishable. This means that the sales need to take place quickly, and be profitable enough to last throughout the year. 

What do you wish more people know about your farm, specifically?
We grow over 75 varieties of apples, and all of the fruits and vegetables are hand picked. This is very labor intensive.

What are your future plans for your farm?
In the future, Downing Fruit Farm is getting many new trees. The new trees are shorter and wider, making it easier to harvest the fruit more quickly.

Where can people buy your products?
Oxford Farmer’s Market
Miami University
Moon Co-Op
Local Grocery Stores

Please connect with the Downing Fruit Farm on Facebook!

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