Linvilla Orchards has always been a family place. In 1914, the land was purchased by Author Linvill and his mother Lydia. When the time came it was passed down to Paul Linvill, Author Linvill’s son. In 1987, Paul Linvill passed it to his four children, who still own Linvilla today.
When Author Linvill bought the land he planted fruit trees, and by the 2000s, customers came from all over Delaware Valley to buy their products and learn about the orchard. This is part of Linvilla Orchard’s beauty; the bonds run deep and the love and kindness is astonishing. Linvilla thrived because of the owners, workers, and customers.
There had been an Octagonal barn on the property when Mr. Linvill bought the land. It was built in 1889, and the Linvill’s used it as their farmers market. It was the heart of the business. However, in 2002 the Octagonal barn burnt down. It was 113 years old. “It was 80 feet tall, and approximately 80 feet across,” Steve Linvill, one of the owners, said of the barn when it burned. This event was a true test to the love of the family and employees. Regardless of this tragic event, Linvilla Orchards celebrated its 100 year last year in 2015. The burning of the barn did not stop the business, but helped it rebuild and become greater.
Now it has a garden center and a new farmers market. From September to early November, Linvilla has pumpkins and apples galore, and from June to August, Linvilla Orchards is full of fruit ranging from strawberries to peaches. They do all sorts of hayrides and mazes throughout the year, and in December you can cut your own Christmas tree.
To me, Linvilla Orchards is an amazing place. Even on its off season when there is no fruit to pick, the place is still beautiful inside and out. I can imagine some people will disagree with that statement because when it is muddy and cold Linvilla might not seem pretty on the outside, but in those situation it is still wonderful. There are always bright colored flowers and plants in the garden room. The neat thing about the garden room, when it is bright and sunny the workers open the roof. It makes a squeaky noise then opens, causing a nice breeze and sunlight to the plants and customers. There are wonderful smelling candles, toys and other interesting things to buy in the garden center as well.
The farmers market is full of canned foods, fruits, and vegetables, and of course it has a bakery. The cookies, loaves of bread, and most of the pies are baked fresh every morning. There is even a place to feed the farm animals and a large playground for children. There is a special picnic area for birthday parties and a board with holes pained with farm animals where a child can stick their head for pictures. The employees are always nice and willing to assist with whatever the customers need. Over 100 years later, and you can still feel the love that started Linvilla Orchards when you visit.