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About Us


From Seed to Shelf

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About Us


From Seed to Shelf

CHAMPLAIN ORCHARDS is a family owned & ecologically managed orchard overlooking Lake Champlain in Shoreham, Vermont. As one of the oldest continuously operating orchards in Vermont, we take pride in growing over 100 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, and berries. We are careful stewards of our land and grow our fruit following strict Eco Apple requirements while striving to minimize our carbon footprint and sustainably contribute to our community.

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MISSION, VALUE, VISION


Why we do what we do

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MISSION, VALUE, VISION


Why we do what we do

mission

Champlain Orchards’ mission is to grow a wide variety of delicious ecologically grown tree fruit while respecting the land, supporting our communities and surpassing customers’ expectations.

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values

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Champlain Orchards welcomes the opportunity and challenge to grow unique apple, pear and stone fruit while providing an environment for people to grow personally and professionally.  We strive to be leaders in our industry and community with innovative practices and products.


vision

Champlain Orchards’ vision is to build a legacy as the premier ecologically managed orchard in the Northeast United States by being led by multigenerational management and staff through careful long term planning.  Our sights are set on being the model for providing wholesome fruit, ciders and other products, using sustainable growing practices and renewable energy.


GROWING PRACTICES

What does ecologically-managed mean? Great question! Eco Apple Certification is third-party verified by the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which supports and monitors low-input pest management. The IPM approach includes thorough training and inspection of certified farms, who use the most eco-sensitive, minimally treated, natural methods possible to grow our fruit. For example, instead of extensive spraying, we use wood chips from pruned branches as mulch around the trunks of our trees in order to increase plant health, which in turn helps the trees ward off illness. Damaging pests are managed through the introduction of natural predators, mating disruption, and trapping, rather than pesticides - this ultimately keeps our trees, staff, and you safe. To learn more, please visit the IPM's website, or give us a call!

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OUR CREW


(Or, The Apple People)

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OUR CREW


(Or, The Apple People)

our awesome crew

Champlain Orchards employs over 25 local Vermont residents year-round, including many families. We also welcome an awesome Jamaican crew during our harvest season, in order to keep us running and in ship-shape. Learn more about our staff, from Cider Makers to Truck Drivers to Bakers, to see how we keep the Orchard running. We feature a staff member weekly (as well as a whole bunch of other stuff) on our Facebook page, with extended interviews.  Like what you see? Head on over to our Employment page. 

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OUR APPLES


From Ashmead's Kernel to Yarlington Mill

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OUR APPLES


From Ashmead's Kernel to Yarlington Mill

Our Lovely Apples

Here at Champlain Orchards, we grow over 104 varieties of apples. Some of them are grown specifically for our hard cider, while others are chosen for their consistency in our pies. Each one has a different story, with its own quirks and flavors. Explore below, and find a recipe here.