The History of Southern Vermont OrchardsSouthern Vermont Orchards was originally established by Edward Hamlin Everett. Edward Everett began his career as a bottle salesman for his stepfather, the inventor of the Lightning fruit jar (a predecessor to the Ball and Mason jar). Everett proved to be a gifted businessman. His innovations in the manufacturing of glass and his discovery of large deposits of gas and oil required to fuel these glass factories fostered huge success and great wealth.
The main Estate building was referred to as "The Orchard House" (now Southern Vermont College) was surrounded by 75,000 apple, 3,000 plum and 2,000 quince trees planted by Mr. Everett. The orchards covered the surrounding hillsides and extended southward for ten miles. On his land, he planted cherries, quince, pears and plums as well as 65 varieties of apples. Under his guidance Everett Orchards became the largest privately owned orchard in the world, renowned for its modern agricultural practice and high quality fruit.
Following Everett's death in 1929 his property was gradually divided and sold. Today, Southern Vermont Orchards operates over 300 acres of orchard and continues to benefit from Everett's wisdom. The location enables us to raise an apple of superior quality. Southern Vermont Orchards is proud to carry on the tradition of fine fruit established by Edward Everett.
The latest generation to run the Southern Vermont Orchards, has transformed the business from a 100-year-old into a thriving bakery and produce market featured on The Food Network's $40 A Day with Rachel Ray, Good Morning America, Ron Hazelton's House Calls and local NBC, CBS and public television affiliates.
The Store and Bake Shop is filled with homemade goodies, Vermont products, cheeses and the largest selection of Maple syrup in the area. We pride ourselves in representing all that Vermont has to offer. This year we are expanding our ice cream selection to include maple soft serve. We have something for everyone and if we don’t have it we will do our best to point you in the right direction. Our staff is trained with the customer in mind and can help with most any question; whether it be about a product or directions to the best restaurant in the area. We aim to please and look forward to making your experience at the Barn a pleasurable one. We may even have a sample or two for you!