Meet Our Growers:
American Farming Families.
At Musselman’s, it’s important that growers who have dedicated their lives to nurturing the orchards and harvesting the fruit, own the company. Each of our growers is a member of our family — men and women who take pride in our products. We're committed to preserving the American family farm. The folks who know apples the best make Musselman’s the best.
Jim and Sarah Lott
Bonnie Brae Fruit Farms, Inc in Gardners Pennsylvania, was started in 1927 by William Lott. Today Jim Lott, the 3rd generation, owns and operates the farm. His daughter Sarah recently graduated college and is joining the family business full time to become the 4th generation owner. Jim’s wife Barb does the bookwork and payroll while his sons Greg and Dylan help in the orchards. They grow a variety of fruit on the farm including apples, peaches, nectarines, and tart cherries.
The name “Bonnie Brae” is Scottish for beautiful hills. A Scottish Presbyterian minister was visiting William Lott, and proclaimed the phrase while standing on the front porch enjoying the views. The Lott family's favorite time of year is the beautiful spring bloom and all of its sights and scents.
The Lower Family
(Boyer Nurseries and Orchards)
In 1900, William W. Boyer started a family farm, growing apple and peach trees not only for his own orchard but to sell to other growers. Originally selling nursery stock and fresh fruit just locally, the business has now expanded to ship trees all over the country from their full-service garden center.
William Sr., William Jr., and David Lower, are proud to be the 3rd and 4th generation family members operating the nursery and 500 acres of orchards today. They are currently working to place the farm in conservation easements to preserve the land for future generations.
Cherry season is the Lowers’ favorite time of the year. On July 4th, 1971 the Boyer farm was featured in the weekend traveler section of the Washington Post, promoting their pick-your-own cherries. The next weekend 300 cars showed up from the DC/Metro area with families ready to pick cherries. Since then, they have had a devoted following of pickers return every June. ”It’s rewarding to see the same customers come back each season and bring along their families.“
Mark M. Wilson
(6th generation grower)
For over 30 years, Mark and his dad William Wilson operated their farm in Aspers Pennsylvania that goes back over 150 years and six generations. Mark continues the family tradition today helped by his son Nathan.
Mark’s grandfather, John G. Wilson, and his brother (Wilson Brothers) were charter members of our grower-owned co-operative in 1949. Today Mark is still proud to be part of that same co-op. It means he and Nathan can concentrate on growing delicious quality fruit (something his family does well), and he knows that Musselman’s will take care of getting his fruit to you.
With their large orchards of apples and cherries, and a pick-your-own blueberries business the Wilson’s are very busy Spring, Summer, and Fall. They have come to appreciate Pennsylvania winters, it’s slower pace and a chance for the family to go skiing.
John & Carolyn Marker
with daughter Heather Marker McKay
Marker-Miller Orchards is a Century Farm in Winchester, Virginia; recognized as being continuously owned by a single family for over 100 years.
What began as a family apple orchard selling quality wholesale fruit to companies like Musselman’s, eventually evolved into selling a variety of fruits and vegetables to the public from the back of a truck shed.
Now they have grown into a spacious 3,000 sq. ft Farm Market and Bakery with ‘pick-your-own’ fields, with 22 varieties of apples, in addition to peaches, plums, pears, blackberries, red raspberries, and a variety of vegetables including pumpkins.
The Markers say it’s exciting to see everything growing in the summer months, but in the fall when they see the variety of colorful apples being harvested from the trees, they know that all their hard work has paid off. It’s a very satisfying feeling.