Currently we have Pink Lady &
Fuji apples, home canned goods, deer apples, hay, straw, and ear corn! We'll begin taking orders for this season's fruit June 1.
Welcome to the 4th generation of Tracey's Orchard! A family owned business serving the Franklin County Area since 1962!
Tracey's Orchard was started by my great grandfather, Ira Barr in 1909. His son, Oscar, my great uncle, took over managing in the 1940's In the early 1950's, my father, Ralph Tracey started working for the Barr's. In 1953, he and my mother, Connie Barr got married.
Uncle Oscar bought the farm bordering the "home place" in 1957. This is the site of the present day orchard and produce market.
After Uncle Oscar's death in 1976, my parents were able to purchase the farms. My brother, Deny started working full time with Dad shortly thereafter. I became full-time after graduation in 1980. In 1997, Dad retired, handing over the reins to the fourth generation, Denny, and me, Ed. The business grew and flourished under the partnership until my brother's death due to a farm accident in 2002. At that point, my wife, Tawnya and I became the sole-owners. Our son, Sean became full time at the orchard at that time and our daughter, Megan, part time. Through the years the orchard employed countless aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces, a true family farm. The core value was and is to provide our customers with the highest quality produce nature will allow. Ed Tracey
After a busy winter of pruning trimming, and caring for the orchard, we experience a breath taking view of spring. The seemingly endless rows of blossoms are a sight, but are also vey vulnerable at this time to frosts and freezes. This is one factor that dictates our crops for the season. Another factor that effects our crops is the amount of rain we receive during the growing season. We have never used irrigation due to the lack of a capable water source and the high moisture retaining properties of our limestone soil. This allows us to harvest the sweetest, most flavorful tree ripened fruit nature can produce, rather that watered down fruit irrigated for size.
Our sales season begins in June. This is when we begin taking orders for fruit. Give us a call, tell us how many quart of cherries or the amount of peaches, pears, or apples you need, and what variety you prefer. When we begin picking that particular item, and get to your name on the list, we'll give you a call and arrange for you to come for your fruit.
Our fruit stand opens for business when we begin picking sweet cherries. Our sweet cherry varieites are Ulster, Emperor Francis (yellow) and Hedelfenkin, Hudson, Van, and Regina. They usually ripen around the third week of June, depending, of course, on "Mother Nature".
Our sour cherry (or Montmorency), crop is available for you already picked or you may pick your own. They ripen around July 4. Apricots also ripen at this time, as well as Black Raspberries and Blueberries.
Our various varieties of nectarines ripen July through August.
Peach season begins in July. Our first variety of peaches is Rich May, and then Flaming Fury. They are followed by Garnet Beauty, Early Red Haven, Harbelle, and Red Haven. Our "mid-season" peaches are Sun Haven, Sunhigh, and Loring. Our "late season" brings Crest Haven, Jersey Queen, Redskins, Laurol, O'Henry, and Victoria. We also have three varieties of White Peaches available throughout the season. Our peach season usually extends through mid-Sept. All other fresh produce (ie. sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkins, green beans, etc. is locally grown. Plums begin mid-July with our Methley Plum, The end of July brings one of our favorites, Golden Plums, and August sees the Stanley Prune Plums.
Pear Season begins in mid August with Bartlett, and ends with Bosc in early October.
Apple season begins in July with Lodi, August bring us Summer Rambo, Dandee Red, Gala, and Ginger Gold. We continue with Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Rome, York, Stayman, Fuji, Cameo, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady.