The Apple Barn & Southern Vermont OrchardsThe Vermont Farmstand Experience!
Come and explore our big red barn full of Vermont souvenirs, products, and of course our own apples, berries, and fresh baked goods at the foot of the Green Mountains!
This family owned business started with a tradition of superior quality apples grown at their 300 acre Southern Vermont Orchards that dates back to 1910. Over the years demand for our delicious apples direct from the farm gave birth to The Apple Barn, located just south of Downtown Bennington, Vermont.
Visit our bakery for mouthwatering pies and pastries, home made fudge, and our famous cider donuts. Ready for something you cool you down? Why not some maple flavor soft serve ice cream! Ample seating is available right in our air conditioned cafe, or outside at our picnic tables.
Browse through farm wagons filled with favorite Vermont products such maple syrup, wines, cheeses, and hard cider, or country classics such as soda crackers or herbal products. Or memorialize your visit with souvenir T-shirts, hats, and sweats. Learn fun facts about Vermont’s agricultural history and apple orchards on stickers and banners throughout the barn.
Our thriving bakery and produce market has been 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.
Ready to get outside? Enjoy the unbelievable fresh taste of berries you can pick yourself. Start in June with luscious strawberries, then raspberries in July, blackberries and blueberries in August, and raspberries again in September. Of course, don’t forget to stock up on our apples as they come into season September through November! Harvest times may vary a bit due to Mother Nature.
History of Southern Vermont OrchardsSouthern Vermont Orchards was originally established in 1910 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.