Popular Rensselaer County apple orchard sold
April 02, 2019 06:48 PM
SCHODACK - The owners of Goold Orchards in Rensselaer County are selling after having the farm in the family for more than 100 years.
The farm has been a family destination for decades as people stop by to pick some apples, buy a bushel, or get some pies or donuts.
However, the owners say it's time for retirement. They also say the industry is changing dramatically.
It's a bittersweet time for Sue Goold Miller and her husband, Ed Miller. Sue's grandparents started the farm in 1910 and now the Millers are working with 106 acres and 13,000 trees.
Miller says it's a very difficult economy for many farmers – the worst in a long time. She's looking forward to a little relaxation.
Miller says a major blow to her business was when Hannaford, their major wholesale account, was recently drastically reduced.
Brothers Scott and Todd Seeberger in Schodack had long expressed interest in these orchards.
They've got years of experience in the business – and they're apple brokers.
The contract is signed and they're closing next month. Miller said what she wanted in a buyer was someone who would keep the fruit trees.
"How can we get this to continue to be a farm and not be a 100 house subdivision? This land that we're on is good for two things – growing trees and planting houses – and you can't make any more dirt, so you better be respectful of what you're on, because who's going to feed you," said Miller.
The Millers will continue to live nearby. They are keeping extra land. The Brookview Station winery will live on in some form and Miller says they will still do some local fairs and festivals.
Hear from the new owners and the traditions they plan to continue, by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.
Updated: April 02, 2019 06:48 PM
Created: April 02, 2019 04:55 PM
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