A Growing Tradition
Dickie Brothers Orchard has been in our family since England's King George II sold three tracts of land to our Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather
James Dickie in 1752, 1758 and 1760. Grandpa James was required to begin working the land within 3 years. Our family has been farming this land ever since... 267 years and 9 generations. Now, that's sustainability!
Brothers, Tommy and John Bruguiere are members of the seventh generation to manage Dickie Bros. Orchard and the eighth generation help out on the farm, too. Little Emma Louise is only a few months old and the first member of the 9th generation, so we'll give her some time to grow.
We owe our ability to continue farming to our parents, Tom and Emilie Dickie Bruguiere. Thankfully, Tom and Emilie decided this farm was where they wanted to raise their children. Emilie inherited about 100 acres when her parents passed away and the farm was divided between Emilie and her three sisters. Emilie and Tom bought their house from Uncle Herbert Dickie and then began the long process of purchasing hundreds of acres from various family members. After forty years, they had purchased over 500 acres of the original lands and we are forever grateful for their dedication to our family.
We have never received or asked for a subsidy from taxpayers to help us run our farm. We grow a quality product and sell at the lowest price we can in order to help our customers have quality food at a fair price.
When mother nature decides to allow us to grow a full crop, we harvest 70,000 bushels of apples per year! But, we don't just grow a few varieties of apples... we grow 20 different varieties of apples as well as peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and much more.
We also raise beef cattle, have Saddlebred horses and various colors of Labrador Retrievers running around the orchard.
Alongside Little De Priest Mountain on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains (near Crabtree Falls), the cool mountain air gives our apples great color and excellent flavor. The view from our orchard is the envy of almost anywhere in the United States, especially when the Fall foliage is in full color and the apples are fresh on the trees.
We invite our customers to "Pick Your Own Apples" all season and experience nature's beauty here with our family at Dickie Brothers Orchard.
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