Thursday, May 24, 2012

Those Places Thursday: Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

   Lyman Orchards has been a central part of life in Middlefield for centuries. According the company website, the land was first purchased by the family in 1741. 140 years later, they had expanded to 1,100 acres. The family "farm" has been home to a variety of industries over the years. They grew peaches, hayed, raised cattle, manufactured gun sights and more. In 1918, they planted their first apple trees. Since then, they've grown significantly. They could now be considered more of a business operation than a family farm.
   Today, Lyman Orchards (or "Lymans'") is known locally for apples and for the "Pick Your Own" operation. They grew apples, peaches, blueberries and more. It's a fun place to bring kids and attracts a lot of visitors on weekends. For Middlefield residents, they offer something else. Many locals work there during their summer vacations. If your family has been in Middlefield long enough, chances are high that you have some tie to Lyman Orchards.

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