From the 100 acre farm acquired by George Blair in 1889 to the Blair Orchards we know today, the story of a passionate family was written. Back then, the production was mostly focused on maple syrup and apples, until the business was passed down to Lewis Blair, in 1910. His purchase of neighboring farms and a woodlot on Covey Hill more than doubled the size of the Blair Orchards.
Following in the steps of their father Norval, brothers Jeff and Jim are the current owners of the family business. In 2015, the farm expanded once more, now encompassing 435 acres.
For many citizens of Franklin, apple harvesting is a passion. For the Blair family, it is a labor of love, running from generation to generation.
George, Lewis, Norval and now Jeff and Jim Blair always took the development of the company to heart and this devotion is what made it thrive for over 125 years.
Four generations later, every member of the Blair family is involved in some way, especially during picking season. From the harvest to the making of homemade products, everyone has a role to play and is proud to take part in the success of Blair Orchards.
“We truly enjoy sharing our passion for farming and the harvest we produce with the many people who visit our orchard”, says Jeff Blair. The story of Blair Orchards – and the family at its core – will continue to grow for generations to come.