Our orchard is situated on 132 beautiful acres with Silver Creek flowing through the marsh. "The farm" was originally purchased by our grandfather, Carl Rietesel, circa 1950. His desire was to develop a private duck hunting club, which he originally called Meadowmoor. Today, our uncle Byron continues to flood the marsh and manages Duck Hollow Hunt Club, which has enjoyed a recent increase in ducks, geese, cranes, plovers, swans and Arctic Terns.
In 2004, our parents, Steve and Lee, retired from their teaching careers and began planting apple trees on the hillside overlooking the Silver Creek marsh. Originally, the apple trees planted were for a home orchard until Steve began planting trees by the hundreds. Our family was devastated when we lost our mother, Lee, in June of 2009 and our father, Steve, in October of 2011 after their battles with cancer. The orchard, while an overwhelming undertaking, has kept our family together as we continue to navigate the loss of our parents.
Meadowmoor Orchard apples made their public debut in Fall, 2009 at the Richmond Farmer's Market. Meadowmoor started as our father's retirement hobby and became his passion, and we are grateful that he was able to enjoy three exciting seasons. We would like to thank our family, friends and loyal customers for your support as we work to continue his legacy.
2016 Apple Prices: $1.50 per lb for all varieties. We will also have some windfall apples available at a discounted rate. Cash or check only, please.
There is no parking fee, admission fee, or minimum purchase required. No pets allowed. We do have picnic tables available. Like all orchards, there are bees that frequent Meadowmoor, so if someone in your group is allergic to bee stings, please bring appropriate first aid. Please monitor your children (i.e. no climbing trees).
Tours of the farm have received rave reviews from our customers and are available upon request. Depending on conditions, we try to give tours whenever possible. We look forward to your visit!