This Charming Apple Orchard In Delaware Is Picture Perfect For A Fall Day
Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming has been a working farm for almost 100 years. The founder, Charles Frederick Fifer, moved his family to Kent County in 1919, seeking fertile ground to grow his fruit and vegetable crops.
Delaware’s sandy, well draining soil and moderate climate make for a great growing season for a variety of crops, including peaches, pears, grapes, apples, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, lima beans, asparagus, strawberries and much more.
When Charles first founded Fifer Orchards, Delaware was in the midst of a devastating peach “yellows” plague that threatened farmers in the top peach growing state. Many farms never recovered from the disease’s devastation, and that marked the beginning of a decline in Delaware agriculture. The railroads saved the day, and a demand for canning fruits and vegetables revived the industry. By the 1950s, interstate trucking took over, and southern states began to reign supreme when it came to fruits and vegetables. Most Delaware fruit and vegetable farmers began to switch over to crops and of course, poultry.
Through all of these years, though Fifer Orchards has continued to be an important farm in Kent County, where locals could pick their own fruits and vegetables all season. Fifer Orchards still produces a variety of crops, such as asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, heirloom varieties, apples, pumpkins and more. Almost every one of these is open for pick-your-own. Now that fall is starting to change the leaves and chill the air, there’s no better place for apple picking in Delaware than Fifer Orchards.