Mead Orchards is our family's picturesque, 180-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm, located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson River Valley of New York! We've been here since 1916, and now grow nearly 40 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries and other berries. We also grow a wide variety of delicious greens, summer vegetables, winter squashes, pumpkins, and decorative gourds.
When G. Gordon Mead purchased the farm in 1916, it was a 100-acre "general" farm, with a small dairy, chickens, hogs, and a variety of grain and fruit crops. He shipped apples in barrels to New York City down the Hudson River by boat. The farm was known as "White Clay Creek Orchards" (White Clay Creek runs through our property) until the late 1980's, when the name was changed to Mead Orchards.
When Gordon's son, Sid, took over the farm in 1959, he specialized in wholesale apple crops, planting many new and old varieties.
Sid's son, Chuck, worked with his father for more than 20 years, and began managing the farm in the 80's, gradually adding new varieties of apples, and expanding the kinds of fruit crops. He added pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines. In the 90's, he began shifting the focus toward the retail market, adding pumpkins, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, greens, some herbs, berries, cherries and more. Now he and his helpers take up to 40 different fresh items to farmers' markets locally, and in communities closer to New York City. He's also expanding pick-your-own here on the farm.
The men of these three generations each attended Cornell College of Agriculture, and continued to study safe, effective, innovative methods of raising these crops.
In 2001, we sold the development rights from the farm so that housing tracts may never be built here (plus, we like farming!). At that time, we bought an adjacent 85 acres, and have continued to plant fruits and vegetables there.