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Nancy Barnett
· September 24, 2017
Very clean, nice and friendly place with an awesome assortment of items. Apple dumpling were amazing...try one! Support your local young entrepreneurs! Will be back.
Sandy Smith
· September 24, 2017
I think it's a very nice orchard with lots of great products and many fun activities for kids. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Jill Anderson
· September 30, 2017
We had a great day here today. Had great food and lots of fun. The kids had a good time with all the activities and the corn maze. Great work
Marcia Jon
· October 21, 2017
Just returned from Orchard Hill.....wonderful Apple cider doughnuts and a bag of Cameo apples! Loved this family owned orchard....well worth the drive to Lewistown.
Stephani Steffen
· October 9, 2017
Adorable little place with friendly people. Prices were great and my family had a good time.
Joe Degitz
· October 1, 2017
Great place for a day trip! Highly recommend to try it out.
Tara Cox Sherrod
· September 24, 2016
Orchard Hill is a wonderful family friendly place to visit, and it's nice that it is a short drive to get there! They have a wide variety of items for you to shop, from jams and jellies to hand made b...irdhouses and small furniture items, and of course a variety of apples! See More
Adrienne Davis
· September 10, 2016
The apple dumplings are some of the best I've ever had and they are very generous portions. The shop keeps growing every time I stop in. They are really making it something very nice and needed for th...e community. If you haven't stopped by, please do! See More
Lynde France
· September 9, 2017
We had a wonderful visit to the orchard today! Your hard work and attention to detail certainly doesn't go unnoticed! Thanks for all you do!
Renee Ruyle Hardwick
· October 17, 2017
Thanks for allowing us to set up for the Spoon River drive! Golden delicious apples are awesome!
Jennifer Wilcox Fitch
· September 25, 2016
We stopped in to see what kind of goodies we could find and came home with some tasty treats! I'm looking forward to visiting the orchard often! Very nice place and wonderful customer service!
Stephen Hickle
· September 24, 2016
Fresh apples and best cider I ever tasted. They have apple slushies and great baked goods.
Megan Clemens
· September 24, 2016
Fun place close to home! Something for everyone! A must visit this fall.
Yvonne Kay Thomas-Turner
· September 5, 2016
Great impression from the time you pull in to the parking lot. Best Apple dumpling ever!
Betty Thomsen Hill
· September 26, 2015
Love Orchard Hill Farm! The apples and jams are delicious.
Liz Damm
· August 30, 2016
My family goes every fall, it's a tradition. We love it!
Kathy Ridgeway
· September 11, 2014
Love Orchard Hill!
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“Faces of Ag.” – March 8th

I’m Wes Carithers. My wife Stephanie and I own and operate Orchard Hill Farm & Country Store outside of Lewistown. We are open mid-...July through October, when we sell apples, peaches, jams/jellies, baked goods, cider, wine, and many other products.

Stephanie is also an Occupational Therapist and I also run a landscaping and construction company (Carithers Inc) in my "off time". We have four children; Casey- 10, Brayden- 9, Nikita- 5, and Cole- 2. I graduated from Astoria High School, and then from Spoon River College with an Ag Business Management degree.

We also raise a few calves every year at our home near Astoria, and we grow berries & vegetables on about 1 acre, as well as corn and beans on 46 acres. I make decisions on our farm, and pay Brian Lehman to farm the row-crop acreage! Our Apple and Peach trees comprise 18 acres. My hobbies are hunting, fishing, and woodworking. I volunteer with the Lions Club.

We purchased the orchard in 2016, but it was first established in 1933. We decided to buy the orchard because it’s something I've always been interested in, and I was ready for a new challenge. The way I figure it, if you are going to work most of your life, it better be at something you enjoy. I enjoyed the business I currently had, and thought this addition would be a good fit. It took a lot of discussion to convince my wife and there’s no way it would have worked without her support. It also would not have worked without the help of financing from the Farm Service Agency and local banks.

Running an orchard takes lots of on the job training. I recommend a young person take Ag/Vocational classes, and to do this you have to like working in the outdoors.

I think it’s a little early to tell if our kids will have any interest in the business, but I'm hoping at least one or two will like part of it. My 2 year old is always wanting to be outside and help with his tools. I can't imagine myself not working outside and caring for trees and plants. It’s engrained in my brain. Technology and practices may have changed, but it still comes down to planting seeds and trees and wanting them to grow and produce something for us. The challenge today is figuring out how to do that more efficiently, in a less labor-intensive way. We strive to be good for the environment using the tools and technology available to us, without going bankrupt!

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