Lincoln Line Orchards is owned by Peter and Mary Bosman. We have a family of six children, 5 girls and one boy. We class this farm as a family farm where every body tries to help in the operation. In peak seasons of labour, pruning or harvest extra help is needed to get the job done.
The farm has been in existence for over 40 years and a lot has changed in those years. The farm is 66 acres and about 45 acres are in orchard production. What used to be standard sized trees are being replaced by smaller dwarf trees systematically over time. These smaller trees make labour so much easier for the orchard farmer. As well the fruit has more colour and size. Often the dwarf trees are staked to give added support and trickle irrigation is added to give the trees the added moisture in drought situations. Moving to dwarf trees and intensive plantings is the modern management of fruit farming in order to be economically viable.
Lincoln Line Orchards grows many varieties of apples, plums, and pears. In apples Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Cortland, Mutsu, McIntosh and many other varieties are grown. In pears there are Bartlett, Bosc, Flemish Beauty and Anjou. The fruit starts to grow in June after pollination in May and generally is harvested from August to November. Many problems can plague the farmer from insects, fungal diseases to hail and can cause havoc; but we thank God for giving us the faith to endure such calamities and to be thankful in good times!
On our farm, we have excellent storage facilities where we can put fruit in refrigerated coolers as soon as it is harvested. The temperature in the coolers are close to freezing and moisture is retained in the rooms so not to dehydrate the fruit. Also we have Controlled Atmosphere (CA) rooms where fruit is sealed up, and oxygen removed to 2%. In such rooms the fruit will remain firm and crisp for a long time (6-8 months). So we can offer fruit well into next year without compromising quality.
We are located on highway 20 east of Stoney Creek towards Smithville where we have a Farm Market in front of the farm. We sell mainly our produce through the market as well as cider, pies, apple chips, preserves and many other value added items. We are open Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We invite you to come for our country hospitality and fresh, farm produce at excellent value! Shop at our location or order online, we will guarantee a quality product at our door or yours.