Orchard closes after 77 years

Orchard closes after 77 years

There are 29 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 6, 2007, titled Orchard closes after 77 years. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

With the sale of the last gallon of cider and the last apple, a 77-year-old tradition has ended in Wells County.

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Peace advocate

Carmel, IN

#1 Feb 6, 2007
It is sad when old established ICONS of our hoosier heritage pass away,a great loss...god bless
Steve

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Feb 6, 2007
Happy trails!
MCSD Family

Oak Park, IL

#3 Feb 6, 2007
I will have to agree
Alan Herman

Concord, MA

#4 Feb 6, 2007
So sad to see a literally home 'grown' business close its doors. I know it was quite a difficult position for you to leave it behind, and I wish you the most very best wishes and happiness in your next stage of life and work.
I only wish I had gotten to store some of that great cider.
You are a true Hoosier icon and one that so many will miss.
God Bless You and your family!
Warmest Regards and Greatest of Wishes.
Alan
Jay

San Francisco, CA

#5 Feb 6, 2007
Indiana is turning into a place I'd rather not live. Nothing but strip malls and toll roads.

That smalltown charm you associate with Vermont - we used to have that here.

Now we're building a replacement stadium for a pro football team, and most people think that's just fine...
Barry

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Feb 6, 2007
Good luck to you. And Jay, good luck finding a better place to live than Indiana.
Mike

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Feb 6, 2007
Another great Hoosier tradition bites the dust. My hope is that local communities will one day recognize, before it's too late, that it takes bold action to preserve these great local enterprises for the long term enjoyment of future generations.
Circle City Slicker

Bridgeport, WV

#8 Feb 6, 2007
OK, so why didn't he sell the orchard if his children did not wish to operate?
Marji

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 6, 2007
Too bad the Legislature cannot provide economic development money for the little guy, so he could hire some folks to help replant and run the place so we could keep fresh foods nearby. The apples from NAFTA Mexico are sprayed so much, it is like having the Wicked Witch as your apple grower: they are poison!!!
VinceFoster

Portland, IN

#10 Feb 6, 2007
Marji wrote:
Too bad the Legislature cannot provide economic development money for the little guy, so he could hire some folks....
If he had a colorful shirt with a number on it, ran around with a ball, had a multi-million dollar Madison Ave ad agency & lobbyists, lined some politicians pockets, & convinced a segment of the public that apples somehow = prosperity for everyone, then he might have even had the Legislature BUILD him an luxurious new orchard on the taxpayer dime....
lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Feb 6, 2007
Jay wrote:
Indiana is turning into a place I'd rather not live. Nothing but strip malls and toll roads.
That smalltown charm you associate with Vermont - we used to have that here.
Now we're building a replacement stadium for a pro football team, and most people think that's just fine...
Indiana has small towns. Vermont has mountains that just slightly helps its appeal. When did Indiana have mountains? Last, but not least, what has the stadium got to do with this orchard? I suppose the stadium is the reason the Ford plant closed, or maybe
causing global warming.
John Q Public

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Feb 6, 2007
It's very sad to see small, local vendors close their doors after years of service to the community. I wish, too, that Indiana cared about "the little guy", but they historically never have, and I don't expect it to change, either. The Republicans of this state aren't for "the little guy"---they're all for lining their pockets with paltry tax breaks and selling out to private companies.
Former Bluffton Resident

United States

#17 Feb 6, 2007
I really hate to see this, but when I was living in Bluffton I didn't even know the orchard existed. Unfortunately, word of mouth is not strong enough any longer to keep businesses viable.
And I'm not anti-orchard at all. I've gone out of my way to take my kids to U-pick orchards.
lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Feb 6, 2007
John Q Public wrote:
It's very sad to see small, local vendors close their doors after years of service to the community. I wish, too, that Indiana cared about "the little guy", but they historically never have, and I don't expect it to change, either. The Republicans of this state aren't for "the little guy"---they're all for lining their pockets with paltry tax breaks and selling out to private companies.
The guy wanted to retire. What about that don't you understand? The business was not in business to provide a service to the community. It was there to make money. "Historically never cared for the little guy". What is the legislature supposed to do. Pass a law that no small business person can go out of business? If you are so concerned about this orchard closing, go there and buy the land and plant the trees and do it yourself. Think a little bit. The owner wants to retire, his children are not interested, which is their right, and you want the legislature to do something. Exactly what would you have them do? They didn't keep the Ford plant open either, are they a "little guy"? I cannot believe the amount of people that want government to do everything, control everything, and lead them around by the nose.
Real scary if they vote.
SAM DRUCKER

Bedford, IN

#19 Feb 6, 2007
MORE LAND FOR A TOLL ROAD
Jason

AOL

#20 Feb 6, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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The guy wanted to retire. What about that don't you understand? The business was not in business to provide a service to the community. It was there to make money. "Historically never cared for the little guy". What is the legislature supposed to do. Pass a law that no small business person can go out of business? If you are so concerned about this orchard closing, go there and buy the land and plant the trees and do it yourself. Think a little bit. The owner wants to retire, his children are not interested, which is their right, and you want the legislature to do something. Exactly what would you have them do? They didn't keep the Ford plant open either, are they a "little guy"? I cannot believe the amount of people that want government to do everything, control everything, and lead them around by the nose.
Real scary if they vote.
Is there anything you do with your life other than enjoying trashing other people? Have you ever brought any happiness into anyone's life? Have you ever thought that maybe other people have interests above seeing how much they can take from someone else? You are the perfect example of what the Republicans are doing to civilized life, and you are so proud of it that you can't keep it to yourself. So just keep spreading it around so everyone knows. Don't stop, because everytime you tear into to somebody, more and more find out what Bush, Cheney, Rove, Daniels, and that whole rogues gallery are trying to get away with.
Anita Johnson

Lombard, IL

#21 Feb 6, 2007
I own a business in Indianapolis and drove to Donaghy's every fall to buy hundreds of gallons of Donaghy cider for our Super Cider Saturday. Bill Donaghy is a fine man and his cider was superb. I'm very sorry to see Donaghy's orchard close.
lastrep

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Feb 6, 2007
Jason wrote:
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Is there anything you do with your life other than enjoying trashing other people? Have you ever brought any happiness into anyone's life? Have you ever thought that maybe other people have interests above seeing how much they can take from someone else? You are the perfect example of what the Republicans are doing to civilized life, and you are so proud of it that you can't keep it to yourself. So just keep spreading it around so everyone knows. Don't stop, because everytime you tear into to somebody, more and more find out what Bush, Cheney, Rove, Daniels, and that whole rogues gallery are trying to get away with.
You aren't trashing people? Hypocrite.
Joe Meyer

Fountain City, IN

#23 Feb 6, 2007
So goes the story of agriculture everywhere. The kids pursue other more financial rewarding careers. An orchard is a little different in that even fewer know enough to pursue even if there was a better market.

I had relatives in Washington County that had a two generation orchard spaning about 70 years. Not only did the next generation not want to continue, there were no other offers and the trees were bulldozed and refenced for cow pasture.

The ma a pa groceries that made that orchard profitable were gone and the big box grocers wanted cheaper fruits and year round. Their customers, you and I, demanded the convienience and now lament of their demise.

Buying apples will never be the same.
nonsequitor

Bloomington, IN

#24 Feb 6, 2007
The rural, small family farm business is disappearing but hasn't become extinct yet. New opportunities are arising in the form of organic farming and farmers markets. The markets allow the little guy to sell directly to customers without having to accept cheap, wholesale prices from big box supermarkets. And the advantage is you get fresh produce that hasn't been treated chemically nor shipped from far away and you can get varieties that aren't hybridized or genetically modified for long shelf life with less flavor. I encourage everyone to visit the seasonal farmers markets near you for some really excellent produce.

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