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For more than 100 years, the Kauffman family has owned and operated their orchard in Bird-in-Hand.
The history is rich and full of the kinds of stories that only come from being in business for over a century.

1903

Founders A.L. (Amos) and Sue Kauffman are married.

1904

A.L. and Sue purchase a 90-acre farm located at 53 South Weavertown Road. They begin to farm the land and grow their family of eight.

1911

A.L. converts a portion of his farm to orchards.

1915

The first fruits are harvested from Kauffman's apple trees and A.L. begins to sell his fruit.

1935

A.L. begins to sell his fruit from a roadside stand at 3102 Old Philadelphia Pike.

1937

A.L. builds a large "packing house" along the Old Philadelphia Pike in order to process and pack fruit for wholesale and retail.

1944

Frozen food lockers are added to the packinghouse for cold storage.

1954

The business is incorporated as "A.L. Kauffman & Sons".

Mid-1950's

Kauffman's opens their retail market to serve the local community and visitors to the area.

1970's

Kauffman's core management strategy becomes Integrated Pest Management, wherein far less pesticides are used. Nutrient management and soil fertility represent the most basic part of Kauffman's pest management strategy.

1980

The wholesale portion of the business is started and experiences great growth.

1989

Kauffman's begins making homemade apple butter.

1998

Kauffman's begins cider pasteurization and builds a state-of-the-art pasteurization room.

2005

Kauffman's goes online with their first website.

2015

Kauffman's celebrates 100 years of business!

2019

Generational ownership transition: 5th-generation Kauffmans take on the business from 3rd-generation Kauffmans.

2020

Kauffman's acquires a stand in Lancaster City's famous Central Market so city dwellers can appreciate the fine Kauffman orchard tastes.

2021

The business name changes to Kauffman Orchards - celebrating the past, present, and future.

Today

Kauffman Orchards offers U-Pick Fruits, as well as e-commerce and all of our usual favorites at our Bird-in-Hand location.

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